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21
May

Have you ever wanted to benchmark your cost savings performance against that of other purchasing professionals?  Compare how much training you get versus your purchasing peers?  Learn what other organizations consider the most important purchasing skills? Well, the Next Level Purchasing Association is going to enable you to do all those things and more! In […]

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14
May

Wax Digital is a well-known provider of spend management solutions throughout the continent of Europe.  Based out of the United Kingdom, their impressive list of clients include Virgin Atlantic, Nissan, Sunguard and HMV.  Wax Digital boasts almost 250,000 users in over 100 countries.  There web3 Purchase to Pay system is a cloud-based fully hosted solution Spend […]

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08
May

The 2015 Next Level Purchasing Association Salary Report indicates that 81% of all procurement professionals outside of North America were men, who in turn made approximately 15.7% more money than their female counterparts.  In North America, the numbers indicated that the gender gap was much narrower at 53% men to 47% women in the field.  However, […]

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05
May

You’ve heard this story before… The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) launched the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification in 2004 only to have that crusty, old supply management institution most informed people hate launch a similarly-named certification four years later.  Since that time, they also came to market years after NLPA launches with […]

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28
Apr

Today’s NLPA Vendor review focuses on SourceSuite, a cloud-based eProcurement solution for organizations in the public sector and private organizations.  They are a part of BidNet, who provides government contract and intelligence. Some of the key goals of that SourceSuite helps public sector organizations achieve are the elimination of manual processes as well as offering […]

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28
Apr

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “An Analysis of Cost Savings Claims.” The common thread in all of the the disputed cost savings claims in the article was a baseline that failed to follow best practices.  One of the most common miscalculations of a baseline is the use of “last price paid” instead […]

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24
Apr

Last week, my wife and I had the opportunity to take our first cruise.  The cruise was 5 days and had 3,000 passengers and approximately 1,000 crew members. The cruise got me thinking about what it takes to feed everyone on board among other things.  Usually, we think of shipping vessels in procurement and supply […]

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23
Apr

Ocean freight reverse auctions yield significant savings, allow for extremely fast decision making, and do not have to negatively impact the very important ongoing relationship between buyer and supplier. Typically reverse auctions replace slower, labor-intensive, multi-round spreadsheet driven bids. Reverse auctions automate data collection, negotiation, and analysis thereby replacing many hours of labor and several […]

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17
Apr

It’s been a while since I wrote a post about a personal experience that related to professional procurement.  But some recent dealings with Euro-Pro Operating, LLC – the maker of Shark vacuum cleaners – have “inspired” me to do a post that intersects work and home life. So, anyway… In the past year, I had […]

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