The word ‘downstream’ is used in two contexts in procurement: to describe parts of the procurement process, and to describe parts of the supply chain. Those activities, which occur after the contract is let, or the purchase order raised, are known as downstream procurement activities. In supply chains, the phases that occur after your stage are also described as downstream. See also Supply Chain.

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