Archive for April, 2010

Preventing Surprise Supplier Surcharges

Myself and two members of my team ventured out on a supplier site visit today. We are considering moving our business for one of our strategic services to a new supplier. The way we manage this particular service is a little unique. We use some techniques to streamline the supply chain that other companies just don’t use. In other words,…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – What Is World-Class Procurement?

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “European CPO Executive Debates: The Path to Procurement Excellence” from CPO Agenda and Emptoris. Actually, at 60 pages, this whitepaper is a bit long for a cover-to-cover review so, in this post, I’ll be focusing on the first chapter…

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Corporate United’s SYNERGY Conference Is Next Week!

Corporate United will be kicking off its annual SYNERGY conference next week in Chicago. If you’re not familiar with SYNERGY, it is a widely respected event that features some great speakers and the chance to interact with some top-notch procurement leaders. On Wednesday May 5, I will be presenting “Five Purchasing Best Practices” – a condensed version of the Next…

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What Purchasing Magazine’s Demise Teaches About Insolvent Suppliers

I was very sad to see the announcement a little over a week ago that Purchasing Magazine was ceasing publication. Sad, but not surprised. If you know anything about business, you know that print journalism is dying. Most newspapers haven’t made money in years. More and more people simply go to the Web for their news and entertainment. Most print…

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Global Sourcing Ethics Goal: Audit Better Than The National Labor Committee

Earlier this week, I came across an article alleging that Microsoft has been doing business with Chinese suppliers who have been breaking labor laws. Specifically, those suppliers were accused of failing to register workers under 18 years of age and had allegedly forced them to work excessive overtime: 280 hours in a month against a limit of 60 hours per…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – The Bottom Line Impact of Sourcing Skills

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Reaching Sourcing Excellence, Part 3: Sourcing Skills Go Straight to the Bottom Line” from AMR Research and Ariba. The point of this whitepaper can be summarized quite easily: the higher the skills of the sourcing team, the more…

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Increasing The Scope of Purchasing

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How To Increase The Scope of Purchasing.” Increasing the spend under the management of the purchasing department should be every purchasing executive’s goal. Getting senior management to agree to such an expansion isn’t always easy. The points in the article give a great way to start the conversation. But you also have…

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April 2010’s Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month Is…

Next Level Purchasing would like to congratulate Dave Foster, April 2010’s Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month! Dave, a General Manager of Purchasing from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, completed all six courses in the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program during the month of March 2010! Dave also passed the SPSM® Certification exam in that same month! He was officially awarded…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Restructuring A “Too Busy” Procurement Department

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be discussing a whitepaper entitled “Separating A Procurement Department Into Tactical & Strategic Teams: Is It Right For Your Organization?” from Next Level Purchasing. If I’ve heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times over my nearly two decades in procurement:…

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