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27
Jan

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “2 Procurement Uses of Net Promoter Score.” In the first use, I recommend creating your organization’s own customized Net Promoter Score for each major supplier.  What I think would be interesting is if you asked each of those suppliers if they currently measure their Net Promoter Scores […]

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23
Jan

Often times, when I meet people in purchasing, I’m surprised to find out procurement wasn’t their career choice.  After moving into a procurement position, they seek purchasing courses for beginners concerned they do not have the skills necessary to achieve success in their new career position.  The comment I consistently hear is, “I am afraid my boss […]

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22
Jan

Negotiating with suppliers is one of the most fundamental, and important, responsibilities of sourcing and procurement professionals. But even the most experienced negotiators find themselves challenged when negotiating with single and sole source suppliers – or any situation where the stakes are high and the other side seems to have all the leverage. In 2010, […]

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07
Jan

The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article recently, titled Bar Association Warns Corporations: Clean up supply chains.  The author says that the president of the American Bar Association will be sending a letter to the CEOs of all the Fortune 500 companies. He goes on to say that the letter will ask the CEOs to commit […]

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26
Dec

Our guest blog post today comes from Abhinav Parameshwaran, a Solutions Consultant for Zycus Inc. Procurement is as ancient as trade and has evolved at a startling pace from a mere “Sourcing” Practice to an actual science, with cost and time-saving implications. The advent of ERP and ERP 2.0 systems has enabled procurement professionals around […]

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22
Dec

“How long will it take me to earn my procurement certification?” “What are all of the steps involved in the procurement certification process?” “What’s the best way for me to stay on track with my procurement certification plans?” If you’ve asked yourself any or all of these questions, there is finally an easy way to […]

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19
Dec

In the last couple of weeks, the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) launched the “Procurement Training & Certification Starter Kit.”  This collection of tools, training, and resources is designed to help procurement professionals learn more about procurement and plan to take their careers to the next level by becoming certified.  It is available at no […]

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