The need for supply chain managers to be effective cost managers is not even in question today. Because of this, it is necessary for supply chain managers to be comfortable with all facets of price and cost analysis. At times, cost management may involve something as basic as replacing one material with a lower cost, but equally effective material, or rebidding a contract. At other times, it may involve a buyer and supplier working side-by-side to manage a cost-driven pricing contract. Knowing when, where, and how to apply a specific kind of price or cost analytic technique is something that supply chain professionals must bring to the table. Explain your thoughts on what would be the most effective way to manage cost in your organization.

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