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ISBN-13 9780133064841ISBN-10 0133064840
ISBN-10 013306476XISBN-13 9780133064766
Author(s): Reed K. Holden
Publisher: FT Press
Copyright year: © 2012 Pages: 208

Sales professionals now confront the most serious threat to their success. Regardless of their size, industry, country, customer type, nature of the relationship or amount of value they provide, sales professionals are finding that purchasing decisions are increasingly being limited by procurement. The modern procurement function is purchasing on steroids. Where traditional purchasing managers negotiated, procurement officials attempt to dictate. Procurement deploys a variety of tactics designed to do one thing: gain unprecedented discounts and concessions out of even the most sophisticated sales professionals. This book is a strategy guide for salespeople to help them level the procurement playing field by showing readers how to assess the game procurement plays, describing proven ways to resist discounting and protect margins, demonstrating ways to keep value at the forefront of negotiations, offering targeted tactics to protect hard-earned profits from mindless discounting, and detailing eight strategies effective in any type of pricing negotiation. Negotiating with Backbone brings together key insights, actionable practices, and state-of-the-art tools for:

  • Resisting discounting, and keeping value at the forefront of negotiations

  • Implementing targeted tactics to protect hard-earned profits

  • Negotiating with price buyers, relationship buyers, value buyers, and "poker players"