Archive for February, 2008

Animal-Friendly Purchasing Covered On Spend Matters

When another blogger posts about a story, I usually opt not to post it here. But I’ll make an exception this time because of my keen interest in the issue… I recently learned from Spend Matters that Staples recently joined its industry peers by discontinuing its relationship with a significant supplier, Asian Pulp and Paper (APP), due to “eco-concerns.” Specifically,…

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What Is Market Intelligence?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Buyers Ask: What Is Market Intelligence?” As several of our articles do, this article was accompanied by a podcast from our Purchasing & Supply Management Podcast Series. Do yourself a favor: download the podcast! Not because I’m a great podcast host. But rather because of the quality of my guest on this…

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Procurement Transformation & Talent Development

I was honored to be asked by Michael over at Sourcing Innovation to contribute a guest post to his talent series. The topic I chose was the role of talent development in a procurement transformation. You can check out the guest post here. To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident & Chief Procurement OfficerNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing…

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New International Procurement Course

You’re the first to know…our new course “Basics of Smart International Procurement” is now open for enrollment! I’m really excited about this new course. To buy interenationally takes a lot of preparation and requires you to understand many things that you don’t need to consider when sourcing domestically. This course covers dozens of concepts you need to learn before even…

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The Purchasing Manifesto

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Purchasing Manifesto.” A key takeway I wanted you to get out of this article is that you have to communicate to your internal customer what is in it for them. And saving money isn’t at the top of their list in many cases. You see, internal customers will often scoff at…

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Will The Economic Stimulus Package Work?

There was a short discussion on Spend Matters a couple of weeks ago in which the effectiveness of the economic stimulus package was debated. I had posed the question about whether the last stimulus package worked but the community did not respond. Fortunately, an article in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provided an answer, saying: “Some academic research dating back to the…

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ISM’s PMI is BS

If you’ve been watching blogs such as Spend Matters and Supply Excellence, you know that I am a critic of the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index as an economic indicator. But, finally, some financial analysts are realizing how suspect (at best) ISM’s index really is. In today’s New York Times’ article entitled “Dow Plunges of Survey of Business,”…

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Is Animal-Friendly Purchasing The Future?

There was quite a diversity of response to my October 2007 PurchTips article “Purchasing, Social Responsibility & Animals” and the accompanying blog posts (here and here). Some agreed that animal-friendly purchasing was a big part of the future of corporate social responsibility. Others didn’t. So I found it interesting when the front page of today’s USA Today featured the results…

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Job Openings In Pittsburgh

Next Level Purchasing has been growing tremendously over the past several years. We’ve kept a lean employment base for a long time but now is the time to expand. We will be creating several new positions over the coming months. Right now, these two positions are available: Business Development Manager The Business Development Manager will be responsible for increasing Next…

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The SPSM Certification Reaches Even More Countries In January

The SPSM Certification continues to expand its global footprint. In January, we certified the first SPSM’s from Australia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Uganda. These ambitious purchasing professionals join others from a host of different countries who have earned the SPSM. Today, employers from over 60 countries throughout the world have enrolled their purchasers in the SPSM Certification Program. And additional…

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