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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Alkaline Batteries
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

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How much should I pay for Alkaline Batteries?

What is the average price of Alkaline Batteries?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Alkaline Batteries. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Alkaline Batteries been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Alkaline Batteries yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Alkaline Batteries?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Alkaline Batteries with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The alkaline batteries market has a high level of market share concentration, as the top four vendors generate over 50.0% of market revenue. As of 2020, there are about 756,298 total manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers that sell alkaline batteries in the United States. During the last three years, concentration in... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?

Regulation

How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Competition

How do you win and retain business?

How long have you provided products to your longest-tenured client?

What is your reputation like among customers?

Do you offer any value-added products or services that your competitors do not?

How do you stay competitive in the market?

How do your R&D expenses compare to those of your competitors?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased/reduced demand?

Customer Service

Do clients have a dedicated account manager or do they call a general support line?

How many clients does each account manager look after?

How can customer service representatives be reached? What is the typical response time for each of these methods?

Do you have response-time benchmarks for following up with or problem solving for a client?

What is your process for dealing with customer problems and complaints? Do you have an escalation process?

Quality

How often do you experience defects with your batteries? What defects occur most often?

What is your acceptable margin of error for the product I am seeking to purchase?

How many recalls have you had? Were they voluntary or mandated?

What types of technical issues have you experienced with this product?

What is the typical inspection process that your batteries undergo? What internal testing procedures do you use to ensure product quality?

How do you ensure your product's quality? What performance-monitoring systems are in place at your company?

Amidst widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Supply Chain

How sensitive is your company to price changes of key inputs, such as zinc? How sensitive are your suppliers to input cost changes?

Have you faced problems with your supply chain in the past? How did you overcome these issues?

How often do you evaluate your suppliers' prices to ensure they are still competitive?

Do you have alternate suppliers? If so, who are they?

Do you have a supplier rating system to measure supplier quality and delivery performance? How frequently are ratings reviewed?

Do you source materials with high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Logistics

Can you provide a list of your distribution centers both domestically and internationally?

What are your shipping rates to my facilities? Do shipping rates vary if I need products shipped to more than one location?

Do you partner with other suppliers to ensure timely and cost-effective delivery? If so, whom do you partner with and how long have you been working together?

Do you allow the usage of a clients' own shipping, transportation or delivery method?

Do you conduct materials handling training and instruction for a client's employees?

Imports

Has import penetration adversely affected your operations? If so, how?

What incentive would I have in choosing your product over an imported product? What sets your product line apart from your foreign competitors?

How has the fluctuating value of the US dollar affected your foreign customers?

Do you import your raw materials or source them from domestic suppliers?

Do you employ an import specialist, someone who deals directly with overseas manufacturers and perhaps visits their facilities to ensure quality control?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should explicitly state the amount for the contract award.

Buyers should explain their desired payment schedule.

Buyers should state preferences for warranties, including length and scope of coverage.

For assistance in ascertaining reasonable prices for alkaline batteries, buyers can consult the Benchmark Price section of this report.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should take into account the production capabilities of a vendor to ensure a reliable and timely supply of alkaline batteries.

Buyers should ensure that all pertinent certifications are up to standard.

Buyers should consider the quality of client reviews for each supplier.

Buyers should give preference to local suppliers because it will cut down transportation costs and simplify communication.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should indicate when bids are due and when the award will be announced.

Buyers should provide general expectations with regards to response time and customer service.

Buyers should list the expected delivery date once a prospective supplier is chosen.

Buyers should include any other important dates on the RFP timeline.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

Buyers of alkaline batteries face a moderate level of risk from vendors' supply chains. Supply chain risk in this market stems from upstream supply disruptions and transportation delays from the coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, fluctuating raw material input prices have increased the financial risk of upstream raw material suppliers and mining... Subscribe to learn more.

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