Archive for 2011

Next Level Purchasing Wins Better Business Bureau Torch Award For Marketplace Ethics!

Leading PURCHASING certification & training provider earns ethical business award Pittsburgh, PA – December 29, 2011 – Next Level Purchasing, Inc., a provider of online training & certification for purchasing professionals, has been awarded the 2011 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics by the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania. The BBB Torch Award program is open to all for-profit companies…

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Contractual Remedies (For The Procurement Goldilockes)

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part I.” Remember the children’s story “Goldilocks & The Three Bears?” How, Goldilocks makes her way into the home, finds three versions of certain amenities, and decides that two versions of each are flawed for polar opposite reasons but the third version of each is “just right?” Well,…

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How To Develop Leadership Skills Within Your Procurement Department

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How To Develop Buyers’ Leadership Skills.” In the article, I gave three ways that you, as a procurement leader, can help develop the leadership skills of your buyers. I also promised to share a fourth way on this blog, so here it is… 4. Give Buyers The Opportunity To Judge Character –…

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The Procurement Manager’s Thanksgiving Prayer

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. While Thanksgiving is often associated with traveling to be with family, eating turkey, watching football, and, this year, going out late because Black Friday shopping has bled into Thursday, a central tenet of Thanksgiving is to think about and express how much you appreciate the good things you have in life.…

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Procurement Parable – A Procurement Certification or MBA?

Everyone that knows Gary had noticed that his mood had changed. Always known to be chipper and talkative, Gary was seemingly distracted in recent weeks. After watching Gary be aloof for so long, Chas had to intervene. Chas, like Gary, is senior buyer in Fictitious Company, Inc., a mid-sized engineering firm. Both Gary and Chas started out as buyers for…

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The NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for November 2011 Is…

Every month, the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) recognizes a purchasing professional who has made impressive progress in learning more about his/her field. We are excited to announce that the NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for November 2011 is… Vicky Schuler, an Associate Buyer for the Kenton County Airport Board located in Hebron, Kentucky, USA. In October, Vicky completed…

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Free Procurement Training Budget Tool

Ah, November and December. That wonderful time of year where procurement leaders have to put together their budgets for the next year. One of the budget line items that procurement leaders have traditionally struggled with is the procurement training budget. If you’re like most procurement leaders at this time of year, you’re asking yourself questions like: What training does my…

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Free Procurement Innovation Webinar This Thursday!

This Thursday – November 17, 2011 – at 11:30AM Eastern US time, Next Level Purchasing and Denali will be leading a webinar entitled “What’s Next for Procurement: Innovating to Drive Value.” This webinar is free to all members of the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) and membership in the NLPA itself is free and instant. Here’s how to register for…

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Cleaning Up Your Supply Chain Resume

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “4 Words Your Supply Chain Resume Needs.” Sometimes, I write a PurchTips article and, immediately after it gets emailed to our 220,000+ members, I thought of something I would have liked to add to it. Such was the case with this article. But thank God for this blog! Here’s what I wanted…

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Sourcing Tools

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Are Advanced Sourcing Tools For You?“ This article came out of another great podcast with guest expert Jason Busch of spendmatters.com. Beyond just what’s in the article, the 30 minute podcast also covers topics like developing financial justification for investing in advanced sourcing tools, how advanced sourcing tools can help procurement and…

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