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Do you want an impressive qualification that will set you apart from the average purchaser? If so, you will want to earn the Senior Professional in Supply Management® (SPSM®) Certification.

This page describes the higher-level SPSM2® procurement certification training program. You can earn the SPSM2® after you earn the SPSM® Certification.

This page describes the higher-level SPSM3 procurement certification training program. You can earn the SPSM3 after you earn the SPSM® and SPSM2® Certifications.

This PDF document will help you plan to earn your SPSM® Certification.

This PDF document helps procurement leaders who want to reap the benefits of having a certified team.

Getting started with your procurement certification isn’t as hard as you think. Among other procurement certification training resources, the free SPSM® Starter Kit will give you access to the first lesson of the SPSM® Certification Program. In 35 minutes and at no cost, you’ll already have satisfied part of the requirements of SPSM® Certification!

Learn about the progression of NLPA’s multi-level procurement certification training programs.

Dozens of common questions about earning the SPSM® Certification are answered here.

There are many factors to consider when comparing procurement certifications. This downloadable PDF will reveal some of the not-so-obvious factors.

This page lists procurement jobs where the SPSM® Certification is preferred. Browse or post procurement jobs for FREE!

You can renew the SPSM® Certification for a veritable lifetime. But it’s not automatic. Learn how to recertify.

In a fresh style inspired by social media, the NLPA’s SPSM-BOK Memes help you learn key concepts from the Strategic Procurement & Supply Management Body of Knowledge.

Want to verify an employment candidate’s purchasing credentials? Do so here.

Hear the secret of procurement professionals who have earned more rewards in their careers.

If you’ve wanted to earn your SPSM® Certification but have struggled with deciding to pay the up-front costs, there is good news! The Next Level Purchasing Association offers the Pay-As-You-Go Certification Plan.

Online Procurement Training Courses

If you are new to procurement, are you ready for the many challenges you’ll face in the months ahead? Our online procurement training course “Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals” walks you through the procurement process step-by-step. Counts towards the SPSM® Certification.

Are you failing to take advantage of Microsoft Excel’s powerful techniques for procurement? Our online procurement training course “Microsoft Excel For Purchasing Professionals” will enable you to perform sophisticated procurement analyses through exercises that are based entirely on the situations that you face in your procurement work. Counts towards the SPSM® Certification.

Are you putting your organization at significant risk by not having a good contract in place? Our online procurement training course “Supply Management Contract Writing” will help you reduce your procurement risks. Counts towards the SPSM® Certification.

Could not knowing the newest and best negotiation techniques be preventing you from saving a lot more money on your purchases? Our online procurement training course “Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying” will give you the prowess of an expert negotiator. Counts towards the SPSM® Certification.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could implement the procurement programs that are used by the world’s top corporations? Through the use of step-by-step instructions, examples, exercises, and our 39-page Sample, Tool, and Template Pack, our online procurement training course “14 Purchasing Best Practices” makes it realistic for you to quickly and significantly improve your performance and the performance of your procurement department. Counts towards the SPSM® Certification.

Your CEO wants to know: “Are you executing a cost savings strategy or are you just ‘winging it’?” If you can’t respond by producing a top-notch written strategy, our online procurement training course “Savings Strategy Development” can help you. Counts towards the SPSM® Certification.

Are you a purchasing manager who worries about balancing the many demands of your leadership role? Our online procurement training course “Expert Purchasing Management” will teach you everything you need to know to lead your procurement department to new levels of success! Counts towards the SPSM2® Certification or SPSM® recertification.

Do your purchasing projects suffer from delays, unpleasant surprises, and a lack of true organization? Do you wish you could build a professional project plan and then actually adhere to the plan, delighting your management? Well, you can! Being able to consistently lead purchasing projects to successful conclusions involves learning and applying proven project management principles. Our online procurement training course “Professional Purchasing Project Management” will teach you everything you need to learn to successfully manage modern purchasing projects. Counts towards the SPSM2® Certification or SPSM® recertification.

Are you responsible for increasing your organization’s international procurement and don’t know where to begin? International procurement is a challenge. Buying internationally is much more complex than buying domestically. Buying internationally involves having to expand your knowledge of many aspects of procurement that you don’t have to worry about when buying domestically. Differences in cultures, laws, communications, currencies, and more have to be understood to support international procurement. Our online procurement training course “Basics of Smart International Procurement” will give you the understanding you need for success. Counts towards the SPSM2® Certification or SPSM® recertification.

With all the talk about the global sourcing that many companies are doing, one may think that it is easy, right? That perception could not be further from the truth. Global sourcing may be one of the most complex activities you’ll encounter as a purchasing professional. Our online procurement training course “Executing A Global Sourcing Strategy” will guide you through the challenges of sourcing internationally. Counts towards the SPSM2® Certification or SPSM® recertification.

Do you understand precisely how your procurement work impacts your organization’s financial performance? Is a lack of this understanding keeping you from earning the respect you deserve? After all, today’s CEO’s and CFO’s expect procurement professionals to know how their work supports corporate goals and how to communicate in the language of finance. Our online procurement training course “Finance For Strategic Procurement, Part I” will dramatically improve your understanding of how procurement impacts the overall organization’s financial success. Counts towards the SPSM3 Certification or SPSM®/SPSM2® recertification.

Do you worry that your procurement decisions will be questioned, if not reversed, by senior management? Whether you are selecting a supplier, negotiating payment terms, comparing lease and buy options, or making other typical procurement decisions, there are finance-based approaches that CEO’s and CFO’s will expect you to be following. If you are unaware of what these principles are, you will have little credibility with management at a minimum or make catastrophic mistakes in the worst-case scenario. Our online procurement training course “Finance For Strategic Procurement, Part II” will help you align your decision-making with the goals of finance executives and senior leadership. Counts towards SPSM3 Certification or SPSM®/SPSM2® recertification.

Bad inventory decisions can kill an organization’s profitability, whittle away at its market share, and generally wreak havoc on the supply chain… Are you guilty of making those bad decisions? Don’t your inventory decisions on guesses or informally-learned tactics. Base them on the time-tested best practices you’ll learn in our online procurement training course, “Profitable Inventory Management and Control.” Counts towards the SPSM3 Certification or SPSM®/SPSM2® recertification.

Many organizations compete on the basis of quality: is your procurement work helping or hurting your organization’s ability to succeed? Let’s face it: your organization cannot provide a high-quality product or service if it gets substandard quality products or services from your supply chain. And you know who everyone will blame if there is a supplier quality problem? Right – the procurement department or maybe even you! Our online procurement training course “Improving Quality in the Supply Chain” will teach you the principles and practices necessary to achieve world-class quality. Counts towards the SPSM3 Certification or SPSM®/SPSM2® recertification.

Are you aware of the risks of not having a socially responsible supply chain? Unless you are managing your supply chain in the most socially responsible way, you are risking getting your organization into more trouble than ever. Getting bad publicity, losing customers, and being subject to criminal consequences are just a few of the risks that your organization can face when its procurement professionals are unaware of constantly changing social responsibility principles. Our online procurement training course “Exemplary Supply Chain Social Responsibility” will help you avoid risk and position your organization’s brand among the top in its industry. Counts towards the SPSM4 Certification or SPSM®/SPSM®/SPSM3 recertification.

Are you maximizing the value your organization can get through supplier diversity? Well, unless you have refined your program to the extent that supplier diversity is a strategic priority for your CEO, you’re probably not. Our online procurement training course “Strategic Supplier Diversity Best Practices” will take you beyond the traditional “check the box” mentality of supplier diversity and help you implement a program that makes a real difference for your organization and society. Counts towards the SPSM4 Certification or SPSM®/SPSM2®/SPSM3 recertification.

Are these 7 little-known negotiating mistakes letting your suppliers laugh all the way to the bank? Our online Express Course “Negotiation No-No’s” will teach you how to avoid the common negotiation mistakes that can cost your organization dearly.

Is poor supplier performance driving you crazy? If you have wanted to implement a supplier evaluation program but had difficulty getting started, “Managing Supplier Performance” is the perfect online Express Course for you.

Could your interactions with suppliers be unethical without you even knowing it? Whether you’re a procurement professional who deals with suppliers constantly or you hold a business role (e.g., engineer, IT professional, administrative assistant, etc.) that requires only occasional supplier interaction, there are many potential ethical landmines waiting to explode and subsequently ruin your career. Our online Express Course “15 Rules For Ethical Supplier Interaction” will help you avoid those landmines.

Don’t allow the complexity of services procurement be an unpleasant surprise. Prepare for success by taking our online series of two Express Courses, “Secrets of Painless Services Contracting.”

There are several changes that you can make that will have a major impact on your personal productivity. Learn how to make those changes in our two-part online Express Course series, “Increasing Your Personal Productivity.”

Don’t let sleazy suppliers manipulate your internal customers and lock you into an overpriced contract. Learn how to keep control of the procurement process through our online Express Course, “Preventing and Managing Backdoor Selling.”

Outsourcing a business function can feel foreign if you haven’t done it before. Having a good plan can give you confidence and facilitate your success. Learn to create an effective outsourcing plan in our online Express Course, “How to Plan for Outsourcing Success.”

Poor supplier performance often means that your supplier selection process failed. Learn proven methods for selecting suppliers that will succeed in our online Express Course, “7 Critical Steps of Effective Supplier Selection.”

The right key performance indicators can lead a procurement organization to the best results it ever achieved. Learn the best procurement KPI’s and how to use them in our four-part online Express Course series, “Procurement KPI’s and Business Acumen.”

Products that fail to conform to expectations, late deliveries, disputes…these are all consequences of not communicating well with your suppliers. Learn tips for communicating that will lead to better satisfaction with suppliers in our online Express Course, “Tips for Regret-Free Supplier Communication.”

Procurement careers can have peaks and valleys. Learn how to have higher peaks and shallower valleys in our online Express Course, “How To Take Charge of Your Procurement Career.”

Can’t find the perfect supplier? Develop one! Learn how to strengthen your supply base through supplier development in our two-part online Express Course series, “Supplier Development Program Basics.”

Virtually every buyer needs to use Excel. If you’re new to Excel, our online Express Course “Excel Basics for Buyers” can bring you up to speed on the fundamentals quickly.

Marketing and procurement departments can and should collaborate. Learn how this collaboration can create success for the organization in our online Express Course, “Adding Procurement Value to Marketing Spend.”

Negotiation success is largely determined before the negotiation even begins. Learn how leading procurement negotiators prepare in our online Express Course, “Championship-Caliber Negotiation Preparation.”

Guess what? Your supplier has heard the phrase “You have to sharpen your pencil” a million times and knows exactly how to respond. It’s time to get more creative. Our online Express Course “Creative Negotiation For Buyers” will teach you how.

The most powerful procurement ideas usually need management approval. That’s anything but guaranteed. Learn proven methods for presenting your procurement ideas in a way that is irresistable to management in our online Express Course, “How to Present a Case for Better Procurement.”

Regaining ground in a negotiation can be tough. So, don’t lose ground in the first place. Learn how to start a negotiation the best way in our online Express Course, “Making The Right Negotiation First Impression.”

Knowledge is power. And supply market intelligence is the most powerful type of procurement knowledge. Learn how to leverage supply market intelligence in our online Express Course, “Supply Market Intelligence 101.”

Having the ultimate buying team is never an accident. The distinct characteristics of the millennial generation provide new challenges. Learn how to recruit, train and retain the best procurement talent in our online Express Course, “Next Generation Procurement Talent Management.”

More Procurement Learning Links

Whether you’re considering enrolling in just a single course or an entire procurement certification training program, our course catalog will give you full descriptions of our courses in a PDF document you can share with your team, peers, or approvers.

A page for purchasing leaders looking for training their teams. Discounts and additional services are available for organizations that qualify.

Our Plans & Pricing page will help point you in the right direction for your procurement training. Choose from a Basic Membership, Certification Plan, All-Access Plan or Custom Plan.

The NLPA offers a free membership in its procurement association. Become a member today!

If you want your procurement learning to have virtually no limits, the All-Access Plan is for you. Constrained only by the time you’re willing to devote to your studies, you can earn multiple certifications through this awesome procurement certification training program.

See all of our procurement training options, from full-length courses, Express Courses, procurement seminars, and more.

Our full-length online courses consist of eight lessons, each taking about an hour. With applicability to certifications in the SPSM® Family, these can be taken as part of your procurement certification training or on a stand-alone basis. See the full list of our full-length online courses.

Our online Express Courses consist of just a single lesson, requiring less than an hour. See the full list of Express Courses.

Not sure which course or procurement certification training program fits you best? Check out this page for help.

What’s the average procurement salary? What factors contribute to the highest procurement salaries? Download our latest report to learn the answers to these and other procurement salary questions!

Procurement templates can make your work so much easier. Find out how to get our RFP, cost savings reporting, supplier scorecard, and other templates.

Procurement Preschool is the cutest thing to ever happen to procurement. Two pint-sized “Procurement Preschool Professors” provide procurement definitions on video!

Most leaders have an idea of the skills levels of their purchasing team members. However, our PASS Program provides an objective, third-party assessment of your team’s purchasing skills; benchmarks those skills against other purchasing professionals; and provides a roadmap for closing the skill gaps that we uncover.

The NLPA can bring our popular and effective procurement learning sessions right to your organization. In addition to live versions of our online courses, we also offer training on additional topics in live seminar format.

The NLPA Conference always delights attendees with world-class speakers, extremely personal networking opportunities, and a fun environment.

Additional books are not required for any of our online procurement certification training programs, but we do offer a selection of the best purchasing books available!

It is important to sustain the new procurement skills and knowledge you develop. This service is designed to support a lifetime return on your training investment through skills-sharpening material and services.

Procurement News

Links to our various news-related pages, including articles, whitepapers, case studies, podcasts, and more!

Check out our archive of hundreds of purchasing articles spanning over a decade!

These six procurement models (developed by the NLPA) can help you to better understand and communicate complex procurement matters.

Get quick, but thorough, updates on hot procurement topics from our collection of free procurement whitepapers.

How are others achieving procurement success? Check out our procurement case studies to learn what has made a difference for today’s rising procurement stars, including the role that procurement certification training programs had played!

Formerly known as the “Purchasing Certification Blog,” the NLPA Blog features a variety of content to keep you updated on the latest business news and procurement trends!

Check out audio recordings of interviews with procurement experts. Listen on your computer or download them to your favorite device.

Need to fill a vacant procurement position? If the job requirements indicate that the SPSM® Certification is a plus, preferred, or required, you can post your procurement jobs on our site for free.

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Procurement Articles

Edition # Article Title
354 RFP Templates: Use ‘em, Don’t Abuse ‘em
353 A 12-Point Procurement Policy Checklist
352 The Balanced Scorecard For Procurement
351 How Supply Chain Can Woo Marketing
350 Reasons Realized Savings Falls Short, Part II
349 Reasons Realized Savings Falls Short, Part I
348 Why To Hate Fact-Based Negotiation, Part II
347 Why To Hate Fact-Based Negotiation, Part I
346 How Procurement Can Be Sabotaged By A/P
345 Direct Procurement: Different Types Defined
344 10 Strategic Procurement Ideas
343 Tips For Advancing Your Procurement Career
342 The Best of PurchTips 2015
341 Procurement Cost Reductions Maxed Out?
340 Negotiating Too Hard: Why Suppliers Bail
339 5 Steps To Solving Supplier Problems
338 3 Procurement Talent Management Steps
337 How To Manage Service Procurement Risk
336 Renegotiating: 6 Reasons To Do It
335 How To Accelerate A Contract Negotiation
334 3 Different Cost Savings Definitions
333 8 Proactive Procurement Questions
332 How To “Sell” Procurement To Stakeholders
331 Why “Last Price Paid” Is A Dangerous Metric
330 Supplier Contracts: To End Or Extend?
329 A 12-Point Supply Market Analysis Checklist
328 4 Vendor Relationship Management Activities
327 Your Strategic Sourcing Communication Plan
326 8 Bad Negotiation Assumptions
325 An Analysis of Cost Savings Claims
324 3 Risky Negotiation Approaches
323 Big Supply Chains, Big Social Responsibility
322 How Purchasing Can Leverage Sales Tactics
321 Putting Procurement Performance In Context
320 What Is Best Value Procurement?
319 2 Procurement Uses of Net Promoter Score
318 The Best of PurchTips 2014
317 A Buyer’s 11-Point Contract Review Checklist
316 Price vs. Total Cost vs. Value
315 Why iPhone Cost Savings Matter Less
314 The Procurement Relationships You Need
313 A 12-Point Supplier Responsibility Checklist
312 Procurement Trends Today, Goals Tomorrow
311 7 Steps For Negotiating Optional Procurements
310 5 Types of Procurement Expertise
309 How To Increase Procurement’s Credibility
308 Smart Negotiation For Small Purchases
307 Negotiating Your Spot Buys
306 10 Types of Procurement Software, Part II
305 10 Types of Procurement Software, Part I
304 Avoiding Procurement Savings Disputes
303 How To Create Procurement Reports, Part II
302 How To Create Procurement Reports, Part I
301 Tricky Cost Savings Calculations
300 In Negotiations, Small Talk Can Be Huge
299 When A Supplier Should Sign Your NDA
298 What Suppliers Fear When Negotiating
297 Is Your Procurement Job At Risk?
296 How To Improve Procurement Compliance
295 Creative Negotiation With Sole Source Vendors
294 How To Use The ”4C” Negotiation Strategies
293 The Best of PurchTips 2013
292 Supplier Stratification & The Dominick Matrix
291 Supplier Collaboration, Development, More
290 Procurement & Cultural Trends/Movements
289 Make Sourcing Your Competitive Advantage
288 13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part III
287 Global Sourcing: What Is Changing?
286 13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part II
285 Persuasion Tips For Supplier Negotiations
284 13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part I
283 The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part V
282 RFP Requirements for Strategic Purchases
281 The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part IV
280 3 Truly Effective Supplier Interview Questions
279 The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part III
278 The Art of the Procurement Negotiation Offer
277 The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part II
276 Getting & Using Information In A Negotiation
275 The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part I
274 Single Source Situations Shouldn’t Stink
273 How To Renegotiate A Supplier Contract
272 Maverick Buying: 6 Steps For Stopping It
271 Managing IT & Complex Category Purchasing
270 True Procurement Transformations, Part II
269 The Best of PurchTips 2012
268 True Procurement Transformations, Part I
267 Surprise Supplier Audits: Pros, Cons, Ideas
266 Sourcing Negotiations & Political Debates
265 “Outbuying” Your Internal Customers, Part II
264 “Outbuying” Your Internal Customers, Part I
263 How Supplier Pricing Is Determined
262 Procurement Interviews: Questions & Stories
261 How Suppliers Defend Price In Negotiations
260 4 Essential Vendor Collaboration Questions
259 A 12-Point Supplier Quality Checklist
258 A Key To Bargaining With Suppliers
257 How To Win The Negotiation ”Game”
256 4 Collaborative Procurement Models
255 4 Vital Procurement Presentation Topics
254 7 RFP Planning Tips, Part II
253 How Procurement Pros Should Use LinkedIn
252 7 RFP Planning Tips, Part I
251 Procurement Strategy Do’s & Don’ts, Part II
250 3 Negotiation ”Bad Words”
249 Procurement Strategy Do’s & Don’ts, Part I
248 Ethics & Supplier Ideas
247 Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part II
246 The Best of PurchTips 2011
245 Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part I
244 How To Develop Buyers’ Leadership Skills
243 4 Words Your Supply Chain Resume Needs
242 Are Advanced Sourcing Tools For You?
241 How To Negotiate When “Time Is Money”
240 Is Your Procurement Resume All Wrong?
239 How To Spot A Poorly Managed Supplier
238 Defeating A Supplier’s Negotiating Strategy
237 The Complete Supplier Management Strategy
236 What eSourcing Is & How To Get Started
235 A 19-Point Supply Risk Checklist
234 Supplier Scorecarding: Just The Beginning
233 A 13-Point Procurement Ethics Checklist
232 Here Is Your End-of-Negotiation Strategy
231 “Impossible” Supplier Management Metrics?
230 Priorities In Supply Chain Leadership
229 Supplier Management: Make It Strategic
228 The 4 Missing Strategic Sourcing Goals
227 Join A Negotiation With Caution
226 Supplier Insurance Best Practices, Part II
225 How To Justify Early Purchasing Involvement
224 Use Negotiation Skills To Elevate Purchasing
223 Supplier Insurance Best Practices, Part I
222 Can Supplier Consolidation Truly Save Cash?
221 Using A Should Cost Model In Negotiation
220 The Best of PurchTips 2010
219 Using Collaboration In Negotation: 3 Steps
218 Tips For Negotiating With A Sole Source
217 T & E Management: Procurement’s Domain?
216 More Sole Source Procurement Solutions
215 4 Questions To Ask Vendors’ References
214 How Procurement & Finance Can Collaborate
213 Negotiation Techniques With A Shelf Life
212 Calculating The Cost of a Stockout
211 5 Components of Ethical Procurement
210 Bad Negotiation Habits: Break Them Today!
209 8 Supplier Selection Criteria & The SHoCC
208 The 4 Worst Procurement Myths
207 Today’s Biggest Supply Chain Threat?
206 Do You Make These Purchasing Mistakes?
205 A 20-Point Proposal Evaluation Checklist
204 A 21-Point Negotiation Checklist
203 Commodity Price Forecasting, Part I
202 How To Increase The Scope of Purchasing
201 Procurement Ethics: Use DRD & Stay Clean
200 Measuring Cost Savings For Mid-Year Deals
199 Sourcing Problems In A Slow Economy
198 Revisiting Vendor Payment Terms: It’s Time!
197 Purchasing Ethics: 7 Sensitive Situations
196 How To Use Cost Savings Ratios & When
195 Sourcing Decisions: How To Support Them
194 Negotiating on Behalf of Your Suppliers
193 Rule #1 of Tactical Procurement
192 Sole Source Situations: Eradicate Them!
191 Ethical Negotiation With Multiple Suppliers
190 Purchasing Managers’ Worst KPI Mistakes
189 How To Be A Better Purchasing Professional
188 Savings Estimates: Your Reputation At Risk
187 Negotiation Brinkmanship Do’s & Don’t’s
186 Defending A Procurement Business Case
185 Buyers: Know Your Inventory Turnover Ratio!
184 How Expensive Suppliers Negotiate, Part II
183 How Expensive Suppliers Negotiate, Part I
182 Negotiating Rebates: Best Practices
181 10 Procurement KPI’s, Part II
180 10 Procurement KPI’s, Part I
179 NIP Poor RFP Response In The Bud
178 Are You Chief Procurement Officer Material?
177 The Superior Negotiation Advantage
176 Supply Disruptions Don’t Have To Be Fatal
175 Negotiating After “No”
174 How To Influence A Negotiation Early, Part II
173 How To Influence A Negotiation Early, Part I
172 Procurement ROI & Other Executive Terms
171 How Purchasing Wins Favor In The C-Suite
170 How Purchasing Should Work With A/P
169 The Wrong Cost Savings Goal
168 Negotiating After Backdoor Selling
167 Cost Reduction Ideas (Beyond Sourcing)
166 Supplier Partnerships: Your End of the Deal
165 10 Step Procurement Transformation, Part II
164 Procurement Technology Success Secrets
163 Assess Supplier Financial Risk Now!
162 Commodities Prices: Managing The Insanity
161 10 Step Procurement Transformation, Part I
160 4 Rules For Negotiating By Phone
159 Does Cost Containment Have 2 C’s Or 4?
158 Negotiating Successfully In Inflationary Times
157 Global Strategic Sourcing Tools
156 Green Procurement: Let’s Get Started!
155 Cost Savings: From Potential To Actual
154 Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part II
153 Buyer Performance Measurement Mistakes
152 Skillfully Managing Supplier Relationships
151 Good Negotiation Tactics That Can Backfire
150 Supplier Quality Audit Basics
149 The Vendor Performance Myth
148 The Target Pricing Controversy
147 Purchasing Resume Perfection
146 Buyers Ask: What Is Market Intelligence?
145 The Purchasing Manifesto
144 Calculating Cost Savings In Multiple Years
143 Top 10 Purchasing Changes In 10 Years
142 Negotiation Psychology That Suppliers Use
141 Doing Better Business With Small Suppliers
140 Adjust Your Negotiation Approach
139 Are Big Suppliers A Big Supply Risk?
138 Your Requisition Template Isn’t Enough
137 A Negotiating Technique With A New Name
136 Purchasing, Social Responsibility, & Animals
135 4 Supplier Relationship Management Tactics
134 Dual Source vs. Single Source
133 Negotiating The Ultimate Contract
132 2007’s Purchasing Buzzwords
131 Supply Chain Optimization Simplified
130 6 Early Supplier Involvement Tips
129 7 Supplier Diversity Challenges, Part II
128 How A Skilled Negotiator Prepares
127 Cost Savings Reports: Why Some Are Weak
126 Spend Analysis: Whatcha Looking For?
125 Your Purchasing Salary: Is It Fair?
124 Procurement Card Pros & Cons
123 Inventory Purchasing Terms You Must Know
122 What Your Negotiation Power Depends On
121 7 Supplier Diversity Challenges, Part I
120 A Global Sourcing Strategy: What’s Different?
119 Should Purchasing Manage The Warehouse?
118 Cost Savings: Tips For Recording Them
117 How To Negotiate Price Increases
116 Purchasing & Inventory Management Hook Up!
115 What Is Supply Chain Management, Anyway?
114 Accountability In Purchasing Processes
113 Office Supplies Sourcing Secrets
112 Negotiating Tactics You Can Use Today
111 Is Contract Management A Critical Process?
110 Cost Savings Reporting: Dot The I’s!
109 Demystifying Group Purchasing Organizations
108 Tactical vs Strategic Purchasing
107 Supply Chain Technology: What’s Next?
106 Suppliers’ Secrets For Negotiating With Purchasing
105 The Strategic Sourcing Plan of Attack
104 The Purchasing Agent’s 10 Commandments
103 Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part I
102 Cost Savings Ideas: EDMC Case Study
101 What Management Wants From Purchasing
100 The Next Purchasing Crisis & Contingency Plans
99 Negotiation Questions That Surprise Buyers
98 Supplier Scorecard Price Comparison Formula
97 Trend Alert: The Supplier Code of Conduct
96 Negotiating a Time and Materials Contract
95 Starting A Supplier Diversity Program
94 10 Signs of a Modern Purchasing Department
93 Vendor Negotiations: Timing Is Everything
92 Supply Base Rationalization: Not 1, But 5 Options
91 Supply Chain Developments To Watch In 2006
90 The 3-Way Match, eProcurement, & Pain
89 The Procurement Project Management Plan
88 The Make Or Buy Procurement Decision
87 Is Your Force Majeure Clause Too Weak?
86 A New Safety Stock Calculation
85 Procurement Risk Analysis
84 Women In Purchasing & Supply Chain
83 Negotiating With Suppliers Over Policies
82 Contract Templates: False Sense Of Security?
81 RFP Templates & Social Responsibility
80 The 21st Century Procurement Department
79 Strategic Sourcing & Stakeholder Resistance
78 Spend Management Technology Trends
77 Email Guidelines For Purchasing Professonals
76 Supplier Size: It Matters
75 6 Ways Purchasers Get More Respect
74 Will This Purchasing Trend Take Your Job?
73 Purchaser’s Lesson In RSS Technology
72 Negotiation, Ethics, & You
71 What Salespeople Learn To Say To You
70 How To Create A Suppliers’ Guide
69 Creative Ideas For Purchasing Leaders
68 Government Vs. Private Sector Purchasing
67 Charles’ 2005 Purchasing Predictions
66 Procurement & World-Class Quality, Part II
65 Procurement & World-Class Quality, Part I
64 A Cool Excel Exercise For Purchasers
63 When To Lease Instead of Buying
62 eSourcing & Supplier Relationships, Part II
61 eSourcing & Supplier Relationships, Part I
60 eProcurement & Retail Type Items
59 3 Ways To Trim Costs In The Supply Chain
58 Critical Ingredients For A Good RFP
57 Cultural Aspects of International Sourcing
56 Identifying Supplier Alliance Candidates
55 2004’s Supply Management Buzzwords
54 How Careless Purchasers Lose Credibility
53 An Easy Time-Saving Tip For RFP’s
52 Competing For Downsized Purchasing Jobs
51 Service vs. Manufacturing Industry Purchasing
50 4 Purchasing Profit Center Models
49 The Lean Concept In Supply Management
48 11 Signs of Ethical Competitive Bidding
47 Sharing Purchasing’s Bottom Line Value
46 Is It All About Price, II
45 Is It All About Price, I
44 A Key To Good Purchase Recommendations
43 Avoiding Global Outsourcing’s Dangers
42 Guide To International Negotiation Planning
41 Negotiation’s Newest Purpose
40 Charles’ 2004 Purchasing Predictions
39 Autopsies of Dead Supplier Relationships
38 How To Debrief Unsuccessful Bidders
37 Purchasing & Public Relations Nightmares
36 Ensuring Long-Term Supplier Service
35 Purchaser’s Introduction To Six Sigma
34 How To Improve Your Time Management
33 Achieving Savings In Non-Traditional Ways
32 Service Principles For Purchasing, Part II
31 Service Principles For Purchasing, Part I
30 Interview With Former ISM President Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M.
29 Keeping The Risk On Suppliers
28 The Purchaser’s Worst Excuse…And A Strategy That Ensures You’ll Never Make It Again
27 More Purchasing Project Tips
26 Power Negotiation Made Easy
25 Interpersonal Skills For Win-Win Negotiation
24 What Separates A World-Class Purchasing Professional From The Average Buyer?
23 Purchasing Goals: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
22 Purchasing Best Practices Definitions
21 Purchasing Best Practice # 3: Managing Supplier Performance
20 When Suppliers Request Concessions…Use These 3 Techniques To Avoid Giving Up Too Much
19 5 Negotiation Improvement Strategies What You Can Do To Sharpen The Most Sought After Purchasing Skill
18 Interpersonal Etiquette For Purchasing Professionals
17 Renegotiation & Specifications… The Connection
16 Buyer-Driven Innovation
15 Being Careful About Selecting Online Purchasing Training Not All Online Classes Are Created Equal
14 Protect Your Compensation From 2003’s Mid-Year Budget Cuts
13 11 Questions You May Encounter On Your Next Purchasing Interview… Will You Give The Right Answers?
12 Purchasing Best Practices: 80 Hours of Training Per Employee/Year
11 Don’t Think That You Can Fit Training Into Your Busy Schedule?
10 Do You Know About The End-Of-The-Year Secret That Will Prevent Purchasing Professionals Like You From Improving Their Skills?
9 CEO To Purchasing Agent: “Other Companies Are Saving Billions of Dollars By Conducting Internet Reverse Auctions…Why Aren’t We?”
8 Myth #1: Online Training Is Less Interactive Than Old Fashioned Training
7 3 Tips For Successfully Managing Purchasing Projects
6 The Training Comparison Matrix
5 Are You Executing A Cost Savings Strategy or Are You Just “Winging It?”
4 How do your contract skills compare with those of world-class purchasing professionals?
3 Busy Purchasing Professionals Demand That Training Be Made More Convenient: Spending On Online Purchasing Training To Triple In Next Year
2 Are you as good at using Excel as world-class purchasing professionals are?
1 How qualified is your purchasing trainer? Ask these 7 questions to find out!

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