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A Disturbing Procurement Statistic

In being interviewed for a business publication, I was asked the question:  What percentage of procurement professionals receive negotiation training? Now, without having access to the personal training records of the millions of procurement professionals on the planet, I had to make some assumptions. But, I’m the type of guy that doesn’t like off-the-top-of-my-head answers, especially when it involves numbers.…

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Upcoming Webinar: Talent Acquisition Trends in Procurement

Hiring trends have changed a lot over the past few years. What are the latest trends in attracting the top talent to your procurement organization? And, are you as a professional keeping up with these changes? The next NLPA webinar, “Talent Acquisition Trends in Procurement,” conducted by a guest presenter from GEP, explores these topics and more. This webinar will…

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Procure-To-Pay Specialist Puridiom Becomes Part of BravoSolution

In a surprising and dramatic fashion, multi-module procurement technology provider, BravoSolution, last month acquired procure-to-pay (P2P) specialist, Puridiom.  This acquisition comes on the heels of Basware’s acquisition of long-time P2P solution provider – and former BravoSolution partner – Verian  earlier this year. With Puridiom, BravoSolution picks up strong P2P technology to complement an already-impressive offering of digital procurement tools.  A…

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Pittsburgh Mayor Declares: “Make Your Mark on Procurement History” Day

The 2016 NLPA Conference is already beginning to make it’s mark on procurement history – and it doesn’t even kick-off until next month! We received a pretty amazing envelope in the mail recently that we had to share.  The Mayor of the city of Pittsburgh heard about the 2016 NLPA Conference.  He was so impressed that he made an official proclamation:…

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Gas Trickles Down

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Have you stopped by the pump to fuel up your car recently?  If so, your wallet may not have felt that much lighter afterwards.  Do you remember filling your gas tank back in 2008?  Paying at the pump then probably felt similar to wringing your wallet dry as gas…

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Building a Competitive Advantage through a Business Continuity Plan

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Building and maintaining a competitive advantage in today’s complex supply chain environment can be a never-ending endeavor.   As customer needs and economic conditions evolve, what once put your company at the forefront of the industry may become your downfall.  Producing a product or providing a service that is superior…

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Procurement Negotiation Training Session Added To 2016 NLPA Conference!

The 2016 NLPA Conference was already jam-packed with great educational sessions designed to help you “Make Your Mark on Procurement History.”  But now, it’s gotten even better! I am delighted to announce that we have added a procurement negotiation training session entitled “War & Peace:  Effective Negotiations Must Consider Both.”  Here is a description of this fantastic seminar, led by…

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Procurement Capability Improvement: 10 Posts That Will Help You Make Magic Happen

Over the past month, I have been thrilled to work with some of the top procurement blogs in sharing some insights about procurement capability improvement.  In this post, I will bring all 10 of my guest posts into a step-by-step model for you to deliver procurement capability improvement in your organization. Here are links to these guest posts with a synopsis…

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President Donald Trump: The Negotiator?

Special thanks to GEP for this guest post In his campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly touted his business acumen and negotiation skills as qualities that make him uniquely suited to be the next president. On top of this, Trump has claimed that “Right now, we have the wrong group of negotiators who have led us to being totally out-negotiated.” There…

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Attend the NLPA Conference Preview Webinar on Wednesday!

The procurement event of the year is coming up soon!  The 2016 NLPA Conference will be held October 24-25 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This year’s theme is “Make Your Mark on Procurement History!” And, we plan to do just that! On August 17, the Next Level Purchasing Association will hold a special “conference preview webinar.”  You’ll get to experience excerpts from…

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