Archive for August, 2010

US Government B*tch Slaps HP, Sends Tough Procurement Message

Late yesterday, the New York Times reported that the venerable computer maker Hewlett Packard settled a case with the US Government over two procurement-related ethics matters. The settlement involved a payment of $55 million from HP to the government. The first matter involves an accusation that HP paid “kickbacks to other companies that recommended federal agencies buy its products.” The…

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Predictions For The Economy & Offshoring, Part II

In my last blog post, I wrote about how legislation may be the most likely thing to result in a short-term reduction of the unemployment rate in the USA. Today, I’ll talk about two things that are likely to be key elements of the long-term reduction in unemployment. The first element of restoring previous employment levels is the government putting…

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Predictions For The Economy & Offshoring, Part I

According to a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a Pennsylvania State Senator is preparing legislation that would “prevent large, nonprofit institutions from outsourcing work to foreign countries” with offenders being stripped of their non-profit status. Though this legislation is in its early stages, aimed at non-profits, and isolated to Pennsylvania, I predict that legislating “hiring American” for for-profit companies…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Inventory Optimization

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Five Inventory Core Competencies That Can Make or Break Your Competitive Advantage” from Logility. I hadn’t heard much about Logility before, but I was impressed with this whitepaper. I found that it shared a lot of great ideas.…

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Ethical Procurement: How Is Everyone Supposed To Know The Rules?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “5 Components of Ethical Procurement.” What I am hoping is not done with this article is for a procurement director out there to say “Oh, we have three of those in place. We’re good.” It is important to have all of those components in place if you really want anything close to…

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Caveman Purchasing: Fighting Suppliers Over Old Invoices

Having worked for an organization that received government grant money for projects – and had strict accounting controls for charging purchases against those funds – I can understand the inconvenience caused when a supplier submits an invoice extremely late. However, I respectfully disagree with some of the advice in the blogosphere on how to handle late invoices. This advice started…

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The Real Reason Buyers Don’t Want To Give Suppliers Feedback

Several months back, a member of the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Group on LinkedIn posted a question on the discussion area of that group that has inspired a whopping 72 comments to date. The question was “What is the major reason as to why Procurement Managers are reluctant to provide feedback or feedback is minimal after a bid process?” Most…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – The Future of Procurement

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Procurement Innovation Part I: What’s Next on the CPO’s Agenda?” from Denali. The insights in this whitepaper are based on Denali’s interviews with a few dozen chief procurement officers. According to the whitepaper, these interviews set out to identify:·…

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Apple Global Supply Manager Pleads Not Guilty

As I reported yesterday, Apple global supply manager, Paul Shin Devine, appeared in court yesterday after being “accused of accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from half a dozen Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories.” According to an article in today’s Financial Times, Devine pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was returned to jail due to being…

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Breaking News: Apple Global Supply Manager To Appear In Court Today

Esteemed SPSM and one-time Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month, Paul Salisbury, tipped me off to some breaking news on the procurement ethics front. According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, Apple global supply manager, Paul Shin Devine, is due to appear in U.S. Northern District Court in San Jose at 1:30PM today. What was Devine’s offense?…

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