This measure calculates the percentage of unique suppliers that the company has made purchases from in the past two years, which allows companies to understand the amount of active external suppliers and monitor their relationship with suppliers. This measure is part of the process group "procure materials and services." As part of a set of Supplemental Information measures, this measure helps companies evaluate additional variables not covered elsewhere for the "procure materials and services" process.
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(Number of active unique suppliers in vendor master file / Number of unique suppliers in vendor master file) * 100
Supplemental information is data that APQC determines is relevant to decision support for a specific process, but does not fit into the other measure categories such as cost effectiveness, cycle time, or staff productivity.