Archive for 2005

How Global Is The SPSM?

One of the differentiating characteristics of the SPSM Certification is that it was not designed by a “national” organization, targeting the professionals of one and only one country. The SPSM Certification was specifically designed to be a globally recognized certification. So how global is the SPSM? Well, let me put it into perspective…Today alone, we certified purchasers from these countries:…

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3-Way Match

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The 3-Way Match, eProcurement, & Pain.” Implementing any part of eProcurement or any major change is a challenge. To succeed, you really need to communicate how individuals will benefit from the change. Unfortunately, when asking folks to record receipts, there is simply not very much benefit that users will derive from recording…

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Congrats To Pitt!

The University of Pittsburgh, a former employer and current customer of mine, recently got some well-deserved press for their eProcurement success – http://higher-edtech.texterity.com/article/200512/15/ It is nice to see them get recognition for doing a good job. They have a classy group of people that comprise their purchasing team.  

Procurement Project Management Plan

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “The Procurement Project Management Plan.” I know, I know. You may be thinking: “I’ve gotten by all of these years without all that stuff.” But, guess what? Times are changing. Projects are becoming more challenging. More and more people are involved in procurement projects. With this increasing complexity, it pays to build…

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Purchasing Positions

I haven’t posted on this topic for a while, so I just wanted to remind you that there are purchasing positions posted on Next Level Purchasing’s main site. If you are looking for a job or seeking a change, you may want to check out this collection of good paying positions.  

The Apprentice

I don’t watch much TV. OK, I do admit to watching the Steelers when they are playing during my kids’ 1:30 – 3:30 nap time. But other than that there’s really one show that I make sure to tape and watch weekly – The Apprentice. One theme that gets repeated quite often in the tasks is that the team that…

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The Make Vs. Buy Decision

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Make Or Buy Procurement Decision.” As you might imagine due to the fact that Next Level Purchasing is run by purchasers, we do a lot of oursourcing. We’re not the size of a General Motors or an ExxonMobil, so when we have a need for a task to be completed, we…

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Force Majeure Clauses

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “Is Your Force Majeure Clause Too Weak?” I teach more about Force Majeure (including the definition of Force Majeure and examples of an actual Force Majeure clause) in our class “Supply Management Contract Writing.” Are you having a particular Force Majeure problem? Or have you made it through a supplier’s Force Majeure…

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Purchasing Magazine Articles

Purchasing Magazine’s October 6, 2005 issue featured quotes from me in a couple of their articles. First, they did a story about the SPSM Certification, our satisfied students, and the value that the SPSM brings to employers. Second, they featured my advice on sourcing a new category of goods or services. I recently also did another interview with another magazine.…

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2005 Supplier of the Year

Next Level Purchasing teaches the value of managing supplier performance in general and, specifically, the value of rewarding those suppliers who perform well. And we practice what we preach. We recently announced our winner of our 2005 Supplier of the Year Award – Karen Oakley Designs out of Hewitt, Texas. Here’s what I had to say in our press release:…

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