Archive for April, 2009

Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Whatever Flu – Have A Supply Chain Contingency Plan!

The big news this week is the spread of swine flu, particularly in low-cost sourcing hotspot, Mexico. In fact, Mexico is shutting down its private industry for five days! Yep, five days of no production, no shipping, no phone calls returned, etc. from your Mexican suppliers. And, who knows: if those five days fail to sufficiently contain the spread of…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Procurement Skills & Profit

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Procurement Skills & Profit: The Correlation” from Next Level Purchasing. The whitepaper begins with some questions: Does the average procurement professional with “high” skill levels save $10,000 (US) per year more than the average procurement professional with “low” skill…

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Corporate United’s Synergy Conference Is Coming Up Quickly!

Just like the dandelions that pop up on my lawn at this time of year, the month of May sees many procurement conferences pop up as well. Some have very enticing agendas while others are just as annoying as those dandelions that make my lawn look less cared-for than the neighbors. The economy and its effect on travel budgets have…

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The Disney Dining Plan – Thinkin’ Supply Chain on Vacation

It’s great to be back to work after an exhausting, but fun, family vacation to Disney World last week. With the rigors of growing Next Level Purchasing, this is the first family vacation trip that we took in seven years. Having said that, you may think that supply chain management was the last thing on my mind while getting pictures…

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Supply Disruptions & The #1 Aspect of Preparation

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Supply Disruptions Don’t Have To Be Fatal.” In the article, I talk a lot about the importance of contingency plans. But perhaps the most important thing about a contingency plan is how you communicate it. If circumstances leading to a supply disruption require the contingency plan to be executed, its effectiveness will…

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Why The CPA Has Been More Revered Than Traditional Purchasing Certifications

I was thinking back to the days before the SPSM® Certification was a twinkle in Next Level Purchasing’s eye. There were already existing purchasing certifications, so why would the world need another one? One factor that ignited our desire to create a purchasing certification that was newer and better than the ones that were out there was a series of…

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Old-School Purchasing Associations: Still Strong, Dying or Dead?

Last week, I had the privilege of being one of several guests on the “PI Window on Business” show on Blog Talk Radio. The topic of conversation was “Is The Traditional Association Model Dead?” You can use the controls below to listen to the show. Enjoy! To Your Career, Charles Dominick, SPSM President & Chief Procurement Officer Next Level Purchasing,…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Outsourcing Fundamentals

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Demystifying Sourcing” from Patni. The title of this whitepaper may be a little deceiving as it doesn’t really get into the sourcing process as a reader of this blog may expect. What it does do is explain the fundamentals…

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Building A Sourcing Team

One of the “idea emergencies” (to quote the Imagination Movers, a show/group that my kids love) in sourcing is not having organizational buy-in, resulting in realized cost savings being much less than negotiated savings. A proactive solution to this idea emergency is build a cross-functional sourcing team representing the interests of the various stakeholders. I recently penned a post on…

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SPSM Certification Gains Strength In Asia-Pacific

Usually, I like to use the first blogging day of the month to update you on the new countries in which the SPSM® Certification had been earned the previous month. This month, I got caught up in the four-part “Office Supply Vendors’ Dirty Tricks” series, so I’m a little late. The last couple of months has seen the SPSM® Certification…

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