The Columbus Purchasing Department strives to provide the right goods and services at the right time and in the most cost effective manner.
To achieve this goal a rigorous supplier evaluation process is followed to ensure that the Vendor is able to supply what is required in the correct quality and quantity, on time and with the necessary backup services. The evaluation process starts with the application form which the Supplier must complete. All communication at this point must be conducted with the Supplier Management Department. This form provides a list of the goods and services the supplier can provide as well as their location, contact details, ownership, size, BBBEE status, ISO and other certification, and compliance with the legal requirements to run a business in South Africa. This information is reviewed by the Vendor Committee who decide on the appropriate action to take and may involve an audit at the suppliers premises.
Supplier Audits and Development
The supplier audit is a comprehensive review conducted at the supplier's manufacturing site to evaluate our potential supplier's ability to produce and supply products that conform to customer expectations and specifications. During the Vendor application process, it will be determined if the potential supplier is a supplier of critical products.
On completion of the audit the application is again presented to the Vendor Committee for a final decision.
We aim to create a culture of open communication in order to create a favourable business environment. We request that all pre-order/ contract business (such as solicitations for products or services, contract negotiations, pricing, quality requirements and lead times) be directed to the