Archive for March, 2011

Where Do Procurement Professionals Go On The Web?

It’s been nearly a year since Purchasing Magazine and its site, purchasing.com, went away. While I miss some of the content, that site’s demise certainly hasn’t left the web void of sources of news, views, and education for the procurement professional. I’ve compiled a list of 20 top sites in the procurement space. These are sorted by their Alexa traffic…

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FTC Spanks Toys ‘R’ Us For Violation of Mandated Supplier Communication Practices

In 1998, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an order against Toys ‘R’ Us for the retailer’s anti-competitive behavior. According to the FTC, the retailer used the leverage associated with its size to force their suppliers into agreements that would keep those suppliers from “selling certain toys to warehouse clubs, or to put the toys into more expensive combination…

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March 2011’s Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month Is…

Every month, Next Level Purchasing recognizes a purchasing professional who has made impressive progress in learning more about his/her field. We are excited to announce that the Dedicated Purchasing Student of the Month for March 2011 is… Inna Nirenburg, SPSM, a purchasing professional from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Inna completed all six Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program classes and passed…

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One Week Until Purchasing Professionals Get What They Deserve

Next Monday – April 4, 2011 – Next Level Purchasing will be making an announcement that will rock the purchasing community. Some hints have been – and will continue to be – posted on the Next Level Purchasing Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NextLevelPurchasing. Do you have a guess? Feel free to post it! To Your Career, Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2President &…

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Corporate United Continues To Grow Its GPO Footprint

Lots of procurement-related organizations send me press releases touting what’s going on in their business. Some are easy to ignore. But I’d have to be a real idiot to overlook what’s going on with Corporate United. Corporate United is a group purchasing organization that gives access to preferred-pricing supply contracts to its members, which are mid- to large-sized organizations. While…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Purchasing’s Role In S&OP

Today’s installment of Whitepaper Wednesday is written by Erick Opdenbosch, SPSM. Please help me welcome back Erick for his fourth contribution 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 “Game Plan for Business Success: Ensuring Effective Sales and Operations Planning” from Supply…

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Your Supplier Insurance Clause: What Do You Do When A Supplier Negotiates It?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Supplier Insurance Best Practices, Part II.” My goal with this article, as well as Part I and the accompanying podcast, is to give you the tools to effectively select and negotiate supplier insurance clauses independently. If I asked 100 procurement professionals “What do you do when a supplier negotiates the terms of…

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Japan’s Supply Chain Recovery: Interpreting The Estimates

A headline in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette read “Radiation spread raises new concern: U.S. fearing nuclear reactor emergency is greater than what Japanese officials are portraying.” Sandisk issued a statement saying that their “current assessment is that there has been minimal immediate impact on wafer output due to the earthquake. SanDisk continues to assess the situation for any potential future impact…

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Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami: The First Supply Chain Impact Assessments

  With the magnitude of devastation in Japan as a result of last week’s earthquake and tsunami, it is no surprise that it has taken a while for an assessment of the impact on the supply chains in the various industries affected. But news has begun trickling in, though analysts have “cautioned that the disaster’s impact may hinge on how…

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How To Stop Suppliers From Taking Liberties With Your Terms & Conditions

  As we teach in our online class, “Savings Strategy Development,” a best practice is to include your contract terms and conditions with your RFP/tender. This prevents delays later in the process and difficult negotiations with suppliers who feel they have already won your business. However, some suppliers may see this as an invitation to take exception to your terms…

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