Whirlpool to outsource indirect purchasing in US

11 February, 2009

11 February 2009 | Paul Snell

Home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool is to outsource its US indirect procurement to ICG Commerce.

The deal will see the consumer goods firm transfer around $1 billion of spend on categories such as IT and telecoms, travel, professional services and maintenance, repair and operations, to the outsourcing provider. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

The firm said it wanted to use ICG's existing buying power to make quick savings. "With a mandate to improve business results, we looked to procurement spend as an area in which we can achieve a measurable impact," said John Miller, senior vice-president of global sourcing.

Miller joined Whirlpool in November last year, following the departure of previous chief Mark Brown who had led the company's sourcing efforts since 2002. Miller previously worked at Nissan North America as vice-president purchasing.

Last week ICG also announced it had extended its outsourced purchasing deal with oil and gas sector supplier Cameron to include the company's European indirect procurement spend.

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