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12
Feb

“The hardest part of any journey is taking that first step” – Unknown The value of getting a procurement certification should be obvious. You’d earn more money.  Qualify for better jobs.  Get more respect from management, internal customers, suppliers, and peers. Yet a subset of procurement professionals just can’t push themselves to earn their certification. […]

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08
Feb

I hope that you enjoyed the article “10 Strategic Procurement Ideas.” The first idea was “Reduce costs in a way that enables your organization to price its products/services more competitively.” I phrased this point in this manner because it is finally time to address some questions procurement professionals have been pondering for decades.  Questions like: […]

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26
Jan

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Tips For Advancing Your Procurement Career.” The article goes over reasons hiring managers may be reluctant to hire certain procurement professionals for higher-level procurement jobs, regardless of their experience.  The article goes over ways that procurement professionals can overcome this reluctance. I’d like to take a slightly […]

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21
Jan

The contemporary supply management professional is functioning in a challenging environment, with many inherent risks to be mitigated. The supply contract, which often takes the form of a purchase order, is the primary tool with which the supply management professional can properly allocate these risks between the purchaser and the seller. In the Next Level […]

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17
Dec

I recently had the chance to chat with Spend Matters’ Thomas Kase about the Next Level Purchasing Association’s new online course, “Strategic Supplier Diversity Best Practices.” There are many opinions on supplier diversity.  Some people consider it an almost worthless pursuit.  Others regard it as the best thing about procurement.  Thomas and I are kindred […]

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