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Procurement, Sourcing, and Commodity Pricing

Information, expertise and analytics on the world's commodity markets and the key factors that drive them.
Achieve cost savings. Master spending. Drive procurement excellence.

More than 75% of procurement professionals believe input cost, productivity and supply-demand analysis are critical for supplier negotiations, yet fewer than 40% possess this insight. We can help. We deliver 10-year price forecasts with award-winning accuracy and deep insight into your suppliers' cost structures. Our commodity price coverage includes 500,000+ historic prices, 4,000+ forecasts, costs and wages, and 200+ cost models across 60 geographies and our strategic sourcing solution allows you to optimize your global footprint and select the best partners and partner countries.

Our team has helped 12,000+ clients save more than $1 billion in aggregate and can help you with:

  • Contracting – Negotiate contract escalation clauses based on our escalation rates
  • Supplier cost insight – Assess supplier quotes based on input costs and market fundamentals
  • Benchmarking – Track prices to evaluate purchasing performance
  • Budgeting – Prepare budgets and financial reviews based on accurate forward-pricing data
  • Strategic sourcing – Monitor prices, pinpoint the best times to make key purchases, and identify ideal partners and potential locations
Watch a short video on how you can put our procurement, sourcing, and commodity pricing solutions to work for you

Products & Solutions

Solving critical sourcing and procurement challenges

Time Buys
Identify the best time to purchase raw materials, locking in favorable prices today, to avoid prices increases later.

Benchmark Costs
Evaluate costs, market conditions, regional price differences in order to take advantage of tactical market opportunities.

Estimate Costs
Gain valuable market intelligence to quantify key inputs, examine critical supply issues, and more effectively estimate a project’s final cost.

Evaluate Pricing
Negotiate forward pricing contracts for improved cost planning, analysis, and savings over the life of a contract.

Identify partners and sourcing locations
Understand the stability and reliability of your current strategic sourcing partner countries, discover new strategic sourcing partner countries, and set diversification rules around your strategy.

Experts

John Anton

Mr. Anton has expertise in the ferrous metals industry, he is responsible for evaluating the outlook for steel. He also specializes in forecasting commodities and works closely with the Automotive, Construction, Energy and Economics teams at IHS Markit. Steel demand is linked to outlooks from these key sectors. In turn, the profitability of these sectors can rise or fall depending on the price and availability of steel.Prior to joining IHS Markit, now IHS Markit, in 1995, he was in the private practice of law as well as an economist and statistician for the United States Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Mr. John Anton received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University, US, and a Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, US.

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John Mothersole

As director of research, Mr. Mothersole sets and executes research priorities to identify potential supply chain risks and opportunities. His other duties include providing inflation analysis for the US Economic Forecasting Service, World Industry Service and the metal price forecasts within the Global Link Model at IHS Markit. He is directly responsible for nonferrous metal forecasts. He has more than 30 years of experience in price analysis and price forecasting. A member of the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), Mr. Mothersole holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Maryland, US.

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Laura Hodges

She is also currently responsible for the management and operations of the pricing research team. She has more than 15 years of experience at IHS. She has managed several projects on global cost analysis, including projects in Asia and South America, where the objective was to recommend the most cost-effective and efficient action in the procurement of key materials and services. Ms. Hodges has spoken extensively on the topic of procurement pricing strategies and global cost environment, including a recent presentation at the Institute of Supply Management titled, “Has China Lost Its Low-Cost Edge?” Her presentations on “Economic Risks To Consider Before Bidding Your Next Contract” and “Understanding and Estimating the Skilled Labor Shortage” were made at a conference of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Ms. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, US, and a Master of Arts in Health and Labor Economics from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, US. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University in Beijing, China.​

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