Archive for July, 2008

Purchasing News Items of the Day

Just some quick tidbits for you as you enjoy your morning coffee… The Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 came out this week. As was the case last year also, Next Level Purchasing is the only certification provider recognized on the list. I’d also like to congratulate fellow Pittsburgh area companies CombineNet and GENCO Supply Chain Solutions on making the…

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The Informal History of Purchasing Vlog

I had a client ask me to include a “history of purchasing” summary in a presentation to their purchasing and supply management team today. I haven’t done a vlog for a while and thought it would be a fun one to share with you. So here it is… To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident & Chief Procurement OfficerNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling…

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Global Strategic Sourcing

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Global Strategic Sourcing Tools” and the accompanying podcast. Typically, only about 20% of the people that read the article also download the FREE podcast. My suggestion: by all means, download this podcast which features Dick Locke, author of the book Global Supply Management! There are many more details about global strategic sourcing…

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So How’s The Online Networking For Purchasers Going?

In Tuesday’s mini-PurchTips and here on this blog, I invited people to join our new SPSM Groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. How’s it going, you ask? Quite well, actually! After just three days, we’re already up to 175 members of the SPSM Group on LinkedIn and 53 in the SPSM Group on Facebook. I’ve chatted with people from the SPSM…

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Bellwether’s ePMX Rollout

I had the chance to sit in on a Bellwether Software Webinar yesterday. They were demoing their new software app, ePMX – an eProcurement system. From what I saw, the application seemed solid. I had been involved in leading a couple of eProcurement system implementations back in the day, so I didn’t see anything that I hadn’t seen before nor…

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Gauging A Supplier’s Commitment To Partnership

Yesterday, I posted about two seemingly polar opposite approaches to supplier collaboration. I particularly pointed out one CPO’s method of gauging suppliers’ interest in partnering by including his quote from a recent Supply Management magazine article in which he said, “You have to see it in the way that people respond to your pushes, challenges, and demands.” I often say…

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Supplier Collaboration – Tales of Two Different Approaches

Supply Management magazine recently ran a couple of stories that related to supplier collaboration. Each was based around a CPO’s approach to supplier collaboration. And these two CPO’s seemed to have polar opposite approaches to supplier collaboration. First, my attention was drawn to a headline on the cover of the July 3, 2008 edition that read “BT’s message to suppliers.”…

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3 New Tools For Purchasing Professionals

I wanted to tell you about three exciting new tools to help you grow in your purchasing and supply management career. Two of the most important aspects of growing your career are networking and education. Networking involves meeting and interacting with your purchasing peers. In the past, meeting your fellow purchasers has been difficult. But Next Level Purchasing has made…

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Soliciting Donations From Suppliers – Your Thoughts?

Last week, I received a request from one of our suppliers for a donation. It was for a good cause, so I obliged. And that got me thinking… I’ve seen a lot of instances where purchasing professionals solicit donations from their suppliers. Educational institutions asking for supplier donations to scholarship funds. Professional association members asking for supplier donations to their…

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Green Procurement

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Green Procurement: Let’s Get Started!” and the accompanying podcast. One of the critical decisions to be made when launching green procurement in your organization is how to account for a green preference in your proposal analysis. Two common methods are weighted average scorecarding and total cost of ownership analysis. Deciding between the…

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