Archive for March, 2009

Office Supply Vendors’ Dirty Tricks, Part I

We had a little fun here at Next Level Purchasing recently when pursuing a new contract for our office supplies. Of course, we like to think of ourselves as experts at sourcing due to the fact that we teach purchasing professionals in over 100 countries how to conduct sourcing. But we don’t tell our competing vendors that – we play…

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Sourcing Non-Traditional Areas: When Are They Ripe?

Deciding what non-traditional areas of spend to source and when is a challenge because, well, they are non-traditional! I’ve posted some guidelines to help you approach the sourcing of non-traditional categories over on eSourcing Forum. Check them out! To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident & Chief Procurement OfficerNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?Earn Your SPSM® Certification Online…

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Who Cares About Charities In A Recession? (Off-Topic)

It’s no surprise, or secret, that charities are being adversely affected by the current economic recession. In fact, the Association of Fundraising Professionals reports that “52 percent [of non profit organizations are] already experiencing cuts in funding. Of those receiving less funding, 49 percent reported a 10 percent to 20 percent decrease in funding, while 25 percent of these nonprofits…

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New Tool For Identifying The Right Purchasing Training

As I had posted last week, a common misconception is that purchasing training is not supposed to be limited to learning the computer system on the first week of a job. As a profession, we are gradually overcoming that legacy belief. But, still, it leaves some purchasing professionals and leaders confused. They ask “Well, what training do I need then?”…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Supply Chain Simplification

Welcome back to another edition of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Inventory in Motion — A Direct Alternative to Global Fulfillment” from UPS Supply Chain Solutions. While the whitepaper serves somewhat as a marketing piece for UPS – and I typically do not review marketing-style whitepapers – I thought that…

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Supplier Solvency: Has The Auto Industry Finally Recognized Its Importance?

Yesterday, the US Treasury Department announced a new plan to keep automotive parts suppliers from failing and causing an industry collapse. The Supplier Support Program involves the US government guaranteeing payment for parts that participating suppliers ship to participating US automakers, General Motors and Chrysler. The participating suppliers can even get their owed money right away from the government by…

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What Every Professional Should Know (But Apparently Doesn’t)

I remember my teachers in high school making such a big deal about how bad plagiarism was. If you plagiarized, you were committing the equivalent of a mortal sin. Their emphasis on this deeply ingrained in my head the message “Never, ever, ever copy anyone else’s material.” I thought that this same emphatic message would have resonated with every single…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Project Risks & Assumptions

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I will be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Managing Assumptions” from Project Perfect. Many times, when projects fail, it is because an assumption held by the project team turned out to be false. Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way early in my career. So, in…

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What Good Procurement Training Is NOT

Lower performing procurement departments have something in common. When asked about their procurement training plan, they usually say that someone sits with a new employee for most of that new employee’s first week on the job. That is not good procurement training. Perhaps sufficient training at a fast food restaurant is a one-time event. Learn how to greet the customer,…

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Why A Bad Economy Is Good For Sourcing Professionals

I recently wrote a piece for eSourcing Forum entitled “The Dark Economic Cloud Has A Silver Lining For Sourcing.” It shares why, with proper management, a sourcing department can raise its profile tremendously during bad economic times. Check it out. To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident & Chief Procurement OfficerNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?Earn Your SPSM®…

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