Archive for May, 2005

Supplier Size Guidelines: Set In Stone?

You might be wondering whether the supplier size guidelines mentioned in “Supplier Size: It Matters” are absolute rules for selecting (or rejecting) a supplier. Please keep in mind that these are ONLY guidelines. There will absolutely, positively be exceptions. For example, Next Level Purchasing has a supplier awards program in place. In our most recent mid-year supplier evaluation, the leading…

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Metrics & Supplier Evaluation

One topic I am often asked to speak about is supplier evaluation. A question that I am virtually guaranteed to hear during my presentation is “How many metrics should I use when evaluating supplier performance?” The number I like to recommend is four. I feel that by using four metrics, you can address the most important categories of supplier performance…

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Purchasing Seminars: Do You Do Them?

I often get asked, “Charles, do you do any live purchasing seminars?” Next Level Purchasing’s bread and butter is offering procurement training and purchasing certification online. However, I do live speaking engagements for purchasing associations and private companies from time to time. My fees vary depending on a number of factors including whether I can use an existing purchasing seminar…

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Getting Certified: Purchasing Managers Want To Know How Long It Will Take

On the Web page describing the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification, we list a table showing the length of time it will take a purchasing manager to become certified based on the amount of time s/he is able to dedicate to study. I felt that it would be helpful to share some statistics regarding the length of time…

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Another blog to check out…

I found another pretty interesting blog in our field – Spend Matters. Check it out for the author’s thoughts on current topics like sourcing, supply chain technology, and international trade. Good stuff. Respectfully,Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSMPresidentNext Level Purchasing, Inc.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I hope that you enjoyed the article “6 Ways Purchasers Get More Respect.” While maximizing the respect you get can take months or even years, I really believe that these tips can help you get incrementally increasing respect right away. And we all love instant gratification, don’t we? What do you think? Do you have any other tips you’d like…

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My Purchasing Credentials

Many individuals who are interested in Next Level Purchasing’s purchasing courses ask me what my credentials are. Some ask it in a way like “What makes you think YOU are qualified to teach ME?” So, I thought that I’d post a little bio of myself here… I am the president of Next Level Purchasing, Inc., based outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.…

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Purchasing Certification & Government Approval

I get a lot of questions about whether the SPSM Certification is “authorized” or “recognized” or “accredited” by government bodies. I thought that I would answer that type of question here. I cannot say how all governments operate with regard to professional business certifications. But I do know how the US government, and other similar governments, handle them. Quite simply,…

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The Outsourcing of Purchasing

If you’ve read “Will This Purchasing Trend Take Your Job” and are worried, let me help. The thing to remember is that outsourcing any function is a way of spending money to save money. Getting a return on an investment with an outsourced supplier. Third party procurement providers sell themselves based on return on investment. “You spend $1 million with…

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