Archive for September, 2006

Politics in Purchasing & Supply Management

So what does Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez’s references to President Bush as the devil have to do with purchasing and supply management? At least a little, apparently. 7-Eleven has announced that it is ceasing to use Citgo as its supplier of gasoline sold at its convenience stores. Citgo is owned by the Venezuelan government. This article on Yahoo News goes…

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To Become A Buyer…

Matthew Grant over at the PurchaseRealm blog asked for guest entries on the subject of “A Day in the Life of a Buyer.” I contributed a post about common misconceptions of those who consider becoming a buyer. And I also shared some truths that should be understood by everyone who wants to become a buyer. So I invite you to…

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Talent Management

Michael Lamoureaux over at the Sourcing Innovation blog is at it again…He’s coordinating a cross-blog series on the subject of talent management in purchasing and supply management. Obviously, being the head of a company that offers purchasing training and a purchasing certification, this topic is near and dear to my heart. But I promise not to make this a commercial…

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive Article

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine has put together an article on the topic of supply chain certification. The article extensively discusses Next Level Purchasing, the SPSM Certification, and how the SPSM Certification benefits the companies who enroll their purchasers in the SPSM Certification Program. You can check out the article at http://www.sdcexec.com/article.asp?article_id=9042 Respectfully,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresidentNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To…

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Services Purchases & Contracts

You may recall from my article “Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part I” that I stressed the importance of clearly defining service completion time frames, citing how delivery in “30 days” could end up meaning that you could expect delivery in about 3 months depending on the interpretation of days. Well, today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offered another real-life example of how differing…

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The GPO – Group Purchasing Organization

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Demystifying Group Purchasing Organizations.” One additional item that I would like to add to the article via this blog is a quick list of the advantages and disadvantages of GPO’s. Advantages of using a GPO: Can give a smaller company “big company pricing” Can save a lot of work by having instant…

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Auto Industry Purchasing

Speaking at the AFLA conference was fun. Prior to my presentation, an executive from Ford gave a presentation on the challenges that the automotive industry was facing. He briefly mentioned challenges with suppliers. The specific supplier challenge was that so many automotive suppliers have gone bankrupt and this has hurt the OEM’s. He, of course, didn’t acknowledge that this may…

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Modern Forecasting in Purchasing

Well, after a long day of air travel out of Pittsburgh and a beautiful night swim in the desert heat of Rancho Mirage, I’m settling in to share some more purchasing thoughts with you! Coast-to-coast air travel gives me lots of time to read business magazines. My laptop battery bites the dust after about two hours on the plane and…

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Job Requiring Supply Chain Certification

I was taking a break from preparing for my speaking engagement at the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association’s annual conference when I noticed that Diversified Graphics is seeking a Direct Import Specialist in their ad on MSN Careers. This job requires a supply chain certification and the description specifically mentions the SPSM Certification. So, SPSM’s take notice: this sounds like…

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Sourcing Innovation For Enterprise-Wide Contracts

In response to the request of Sourcing Innovation’s Michael Lamoureaux, I posted last week about the different skill sets required as sourcing for single internal customer contracts progressed through a sourcing maturity model. And I promised a second post on a contrasting topic: the skills required for enterprise-wide sourcing in the future. Well, my good friends, here’s that post… Strategic…

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