Boutique consultants for purchasing & category management

We specialize in the optimization of gross profits along the operational value creation stages in purchasing & category management. As purchasing and negotiation professionals, we make sure that purchasing price improvements are sustainable and reflected in the P&L.

Through the perfect interplay of all category excellence elements, we create the basis for a market-dominant product range strategy and the foundation for profitable growth.

Boutique consulting for purchasing & category management

We specialize in the optimization of gross profits along the operational value creation stages in purchasing & category management. As purchasing and negotiation professionals, we make sure that purchasing price improvements are sustainable and reflected in the P&L.

Through the perfect interplay of all category excellence elements, we create the basis for a market-dominant product range strategy and the foundation for profitable growth.

From practise, for practise

This is how we make the difference

We know our topics from many years of corporate practice – and not just from the textbook. In our work, we deliberately focus on a few but important success parameters and always take a holistic view of challenges.

A slightly different business model

Smart Consulting

Our business model is your advantage: we don’t sell consultant days, we offer tried-and-tested, implementation-oriented solutions.

Our proof of concept: We offer help for self-help – and that makes a big difference to many other management consultancies. The advantages are obvious:

Your price advantage: 30% fewer consultant days

Our combination of specialization, management experience, methodological expertise and doer mentality enables us to achieve results quickly and effectively.

Who is Ralf Maurer?

Thinking and acting like a Chief Product Officer

I am an internationally experienced retail and purchasing specialist with numerous track records in the areas of category management, purchasing and supplier management, inventory optimization, pricing and private label management.

For many years I have successfully worked at C-level and management level for the profitable growth of international trading and distribution companies.

I think and act holistically from the perspective of the Chief Product Officer. In my last CPO role, I was responsible for a Group-wide purchasing volume of € 2,000 million.

I have continuously developed modern category management as a means for a customer- and profit-oriented product range policy into one of the most important success factors.

Professional supplier management and the most difficult purchasing negotiations are among my special disciplines (see tool box).

With “intelligent pragmatism”, I have learned to optimize earnings potential in the overall business context very effectively and quickly.

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