Descriptive and comparative study of the purchasing activity: a case study in a food company


  • Letícia Miyuki Aida Endo IFSP
  • Murillo Costa Cerqueira IFSP
  • Gabriel Nery da Silva UMC
  • Laiane Aparecida Soares Sena Nery UMC
  • Luiz Teruo Kawamoto Júnior IFSP



Purchasing, Logistics, Material, Purchasing Activity, Literature Review


In a scenario of economic and political instability, many companies have being affected by a sense of uncertainty, both small and large companies. In this context, Logistics seeks, among other things, to reduce costs, improve processes and align the supply chain with company strategies. The purchasing sector is increasingly seen as a strategic agent in organizations, not only contributing to cost reduction, but also gaining in terms of productivity, economy and quality. This study aims to analyze and describe the purchasing procedures of a small food company located in the State of São Paulo, and compare it with the literature to see whether there is a matching or a gap between them. The procedure adopted by the study is the case study, based on three pillars: interviews, non-participant observations and documental analysis. The results showed that the company adopts many procedures described in the literature in its purchasing activities, and, with that, it has been performing strategically the purchasing activity and keeping itself competitive within the market; as well as currently there is not a gap between literature and practice.


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Endo, L. M. A., Cerqueira, M. C., Nery da Silva, G., Sena Nery, L. A. S., & Kawamoto Júnior, L. T. (2017). Descriptive and comparative study of the purchasing activity: a case study in a food company. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 14(2), 265–271.




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