Archive for August, 2006

Sourcing Innovation for Single-Customer Contracts

I’ve been watching on the sidelines as Michael Lamoureaux of Sourcing Innovation coordinated a series of posts across several purchasing blogs regarding the topic of the future of sourcing. I was pleasantly surprised when Michael asked me to chime in as well. Specifically, Michael said of the continuation of the series: “Round two is a combination of discussion and how…

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Positive Purchasing News

I was happy to read an article where a purchasing department gets partial credit for record profits. The well-written article by Christopher Snowbeck, which appeared in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, examined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the “controversy” of it being hugely “profitable” despite being a not-for-profit institution. In the article, it states: “UPMC is saving money by better…

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Dell, and then Apple, Recall Supplier’s Batteries

Well, I admit, I barely did more than bat an eyelash when Dell announced its recall of 4.1 million batteries manufactured by its supplier, Sony. But when I read today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about Apple recalling an additional million Sony batteries, I sat up and took notice! This, my friend, is a big issue for purchasing professionals! This story (or…

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European Procurement Survey

I’ve been asked if I would post a link to the Bradford University School of Management’s survey for procurement leaders in Europe. I took the survey, feel it is relevant, and would like to see the results, so I agreed to post the link here for you if you, too, would be interested in the results. Here’s an introduction from…

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Qatar Newspaper Features SPSM

The Gulf Times, a Qatar-based newspaper, published this article on Monday. It is wonderful to see one of our students, who worked diligently through our purchasing training courses to earn his SPSM Certification, get some positive recognition. Respectfully, Charles Dominick, SPSM President Next Level Purchasing, Inc. Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career? Earn Your SPSM Certification Online At http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com

Supply Chain Technology

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Supply Chain Technology: What’s Next?” It sure was fun exploring the topic with Tim Minahan on our podcast. One of the things that annoyed me as we moved from the ’90’s into this decade, was that what was once innovative suddenly became a commodity. I mean, c’mon, look how many reverse auction…

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Supplier Relationship Musings…

I had the chance to have a drink with the president of Next Level Purchasing’s IT vendor last night. We have an excellent working relationship. He remarked how much of a pleasure it is to work with me and how pleasantly I communicate with him. I may have shocked him by stating that not every supplier I’ve dealt with will…

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Air Travel – Ugh!

Of course, everyone has heard the news about the air travel headaches (on a minor scale) and air travel security (on a major scale). It definitely has me contemplating exactly how much business travel I want to do. Fortunately, I’m not traveling by air this week as I am taking a break from speaking engagements. My next speaking engagement isn’t…

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Procurement eLearning in 1937?

Those who know me know that I am passionate about the fact that successfully completing an eLearning course communicates so much more about a procurement professional than getting through a traditional purchasing seminar. Look, anyone can veg out and sit through a 7-hour live session with absolutely no accountability for learning. That’s not the case with eLearning. eLearning requires self-discipline.…

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Purchasing & Supply Management Podcasts

I am thrilled to announce the launch Next Level Purchasing’s Purchasing & Supply Management Podcast Series! I have a couple of podcasts in “the can.” The first one corresponds with the article “Suppliers’ Secrets For Negotiating With Purchasing.” I admit that this first one shows how “green” I am in this new medium. But, the more I do, the better…

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