Archive for September, 2007

2 Purchasing Breakthroughs Next Week!

There will be two groundbreaking events happening next week. First, on Monday, we’ll be announcing the most exciting development ever for a purchasing certification. We’re introducing a game-changing innovation. Attention members of the media and bloggers: if you haven’t been contacted by our PR firm about what we’re launching, please contact me directly at cdominick [at] nextlevelpurchasing [dot] com ASAP.…

Read more

Visiting A Supplier In Chicago?

I ventured to Chicago yesterday. It was only my second time in the windy city. It was a good trip with the exception of a rental car nightmare. Knowing that there are some good suppliers in Chicago that you may need to visit, I thought that I’d share my bad experience so perhaps I could prevent one for you. I…

Read more

Who The H*ck Is Tony Poshek?

If you read Spend Matters and The Sourcing Innovation Blog every day like me, you see a lot of “hat tips to Tony Poshek.” And, if you’re like me, you’re wondering: Who the h*ck is Tony Poshek? And what else does he do other than find quirky sourcing-related stories and feed them to bloggers? How much does he charge for…

Read more

Breaking New Ground

Certification In Canada Gets Less Expensive

One of the headlines that caught my eye today when I picked up my Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today was “Look out below: A dollar’s a dollar in Canada.” This article highlighted how the US dollar has weakened vis-a-vis the Canadian dollar over the past few months and, now, the exchange rate is 1 US dollar = 1 Canadian dollar. This got…

Read more

Supplier Relationship Management

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “4 Supplier Relationship Management Tactics.” One tactic that I wanted to expand upon here is Idea Sourcing & Value Creation. Though it sounds modern, I have to confess that I am far from the leading edge on this. My first exposure to this was when I went to see a presentation by…

Read more

Bullying Suppliers Goes To A Whole New Level

Bullying suppliers – while generally regarded as old-school and having little place in today’s business world – still is a common practice, particularly among the largest buyers in certain markets. But recent articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have shed some light on a story where bullying suppliers has gone to a whole new level. If you want full coverage, you…

Read more

Ammunition For Expanding Services Purchasing

With Purchasing being viewed as more and more valuable, we are seeing Purchasing taking responsibility for more and more categories of goods and services that have not historically been part of Purchasing’s portfolio: travel, fleet management, HR benefits, advertising, etc. But, in many companies, getting the opportunity to be responsible for every dollar spent on goods and services is still…

Read more

Questions Buyers Should Ask Themselves

One of my guilty pleasures as a purchasing professional has always been reading sales educational material. I have always had a passion for knowing how the “other side” is trained and what they are thinking when they meet with us. Currently, I subscribe to several sales ezines and occasionally find nuggets that can be applied to purchasing. Such was the…

Read more

The Future of Sourcing: Results-Based Process Specialization

Well, The Doctor is at it again. Michael Lamoureux from the Sourcing Innovation Blog is coordinating another cross-blog series on “The Future of Sourcing.” I am going to base my contribution to the series on a conversation that I just had yesterday with a veteran purchaser who expressed concern about some developments over the last few years in supply chain…

Read more