The procurement function at HMV has made significant savings by taking a strategic approach to purchase. The 2007, the HMV group decided it would develop a strategic centralised buying function. Paul Barker, Head of procurement told us:” We spent three years going over the big areas of spend; things like energy, carriers, stationery and cleaning. “After this, the standing of the function began to rise. “We’re more sought-after now than ever he said”.