Archive for October, 2010

Should You Pay An Invoice That Doesn’t Correspond With A Purchase Order?

There are always types of products and services bought where standard procedure is to deliver then bill, with no PO required. In many cases, this is OK. However, some internal customers engage in these types of arrangements to get around purchasing policies. To be able to put an end to this type of behavior, there are a few things needed:…

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

Every month, Next Level Purchasing recognizes a student who has made impressive progress in learning more about the field of purchasing and supply management. We are excited to announce that the Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month for October 2010 is… Michael Crittendon, SPSM, a Milk Buyer for Topco in Skokie, Illinois, USA. Michael completed all six Senior Professional in…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Expense Control

As mentioned yesterday, today marks a new direction for Whitepaper Wednesday as I introduce two new authors. Today’s installment is written by Jeff Dean, SPSM. Please help me welcome Jeff as a new contributor to the Purchasing Certification Blog! Welcome to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I will be reviewing a whitepaper entitled…

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Coming Tomorrow: New Purchasing Thought Leaders Take The Reigns For Whitepaper Wednesday

For over two years, I have been reviewing purchasing and supply chain whitepapers almost every Wednesday on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Tomorrow, a new chapter of Whitepaper Wednesday will begin. I will be welcoming to the Purchasing Certification Blog two new contributors who will bring top-quality whitepaper reviews to your computer or mobile phone: Jeff Dean, SPSM and Erick Opdenbosch,…

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Check Out The Archived Procurement-Finance Teleseminar!

About a month ago, I was a guest panelist on Ariba’s monthly teleseminar for their Strategic Sourcing & Procurement LinkedIn Group. The topic of the teleseminar was procurement-finance collaboration. If you were unable to participate in the teleseminar live, you can now access a recording of it. Just go to http://exchange.ariba.com/community/supplywatch. Enjoy! To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident & Chief Procurement…

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Why Was The Procurement Specialist Embarrassed In A Meeting With The CFO?

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“Reshoring” Is A Smoking Hot Trend: Look Who Is Doing It!

One of the hottest purchasing buzzwords this year is “reshoring.” I’ll define reshoring as “the act of beginning or resuming to purchase from domestic suppliers those products or services that were previously purchased from foreign suppliers.” Sites such as Evolving Excellence, the National Tooling Machining Association, the Huffington Post, and several others have featured material on reshoring this year. Most…

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Vendor Reference Checks: Worthless or Worthwhile?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “4 Questions To Ask Vendors’ References.” The main point of the article is that you need to take a well-thought-out approach to doing vendor reference checks. If not done well, vendor reference checks can be worthless. As mentioned in the article, “a vendor will never give you a poor reference.” So, if…

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Procurement Professionals: Who Is Coming For YOUR Job?

In my line of work, I get to observe a lot of changes that affect the procurement profession. And I’ve noticed a certain trend developing lately. While we have provided our training to both individual procurement professionals and corporate groups for 10 years and we continue to do so at a growing rate, I am noticing something a little different…

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Revised Purchasing Certification Requirements

I wanted to advise you of an important change in the purchasing profession. The requirements for earning the prestigious SPSM® Certification have been slightly modified. And, now, the SPSM Certification will represent even greater negotiation skills for those who earn it! Today, Next Level Purchasing has made a noteworthy change to the SPSM and SPSM2 Certification requirements. The online course…

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