Archive for April, 2011

Improving Your Procurement Team’s Skills Requires This Commonly Forgotten Element

Here at Next Level Purchasing, we train the procurement departments of the world’s largest companies as well as plenty of mid-sized and small companies, too. Having the large client base that we do – 1,000+ companies as customers – we see a lot of patterns between the companies that maximize their skill development efforts and those that leave room for…

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The Procurement World Breathes a Sigh of Relief…

Earlier this year, I posted about pending legislation in the USA that would “require businesses to file a 1099 form for every supplier with whom they spend $600 or more per year,” irrespective of whether a supplier was a sole proprietor or a corporation. I had feared that this would compel organizations to push supplier consolidation efforts past practical limits…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Purchasing Salaries in 2011

Welcome to another edition of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. How does your salary compare to the average purchasing salary in the profession? In what part of the world are purchasing professionals paid the highest? How much of an effect does experience, education, and certification make on salaries? Is getting promoted to a supervisory purchasing position worth…

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Green Business Hypocrisy? (You gotta see this picture)

I might be a little jaded. But every time I see a business claim that it is been “green” (i.e., environmentally responsible out of the goodness of its heart), it just so happens that the business is doing something self-serving and primarily for profit that also happens to use less paper. For example, statements like “We’re going green and will…

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Why Suppliers Don’t Give You The Best Proposals Possible (And What You Can Do About It)

Do you know what suppliers fear the most about writing proposals for you? Do you know what they assume will happen if they give you a proposal that describes how they can help you minimize cost and maximize value? I believe that I do. They worry that they will invest time and resources into crafting a perfect proposal and you…

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Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Supply Chain Effect Begins To Hit Financials

Earlier this week, BBC News reported that Sony Ericsson would be delaying the release of its Xperia smart phone due to supply chain disruptions caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The above-linked article points out that with “competition from the iPhone and Blackberry, the delay might be costly for the company.” Has the full impact of the…

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How Does Your Purchasing Salary Compare?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Next Level Purchasing Association invites you to attend the FREE webinar, “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2011” on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 11:30AM Eastern US Time. In this free webinar, you will learn how your purchasing salary is impacted by: * Years of experience * Education/Certification * Your organization’s…

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The NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for April 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 April 2011 is… Brian Flanagan, SPSM, a Senior Buyer for Topco Associates in Skokie, Illinois, USA. Brian completed all six Senior Professional in…

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Strategic Sourcing Goals (Note The Plural)

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The 4 Missing Strategic Sourcing Goals.” “The company needs to save money.” “Strategic sourcing saves money.” “Let’s do strategic sourcing.” Such is the thought process behind many a strategic sourcing initiative since the phrase was coined. But, all too often, the strategic sourcing label has been applied to sourcing activities that were…

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Procurement Debacle Led to Violence in Nigeria

In Nigeria where, according to BBC News, elections have historically been “marred by widespread fraud and intimidation,” citizens were looking forward to voting for their future elected leaders on April 2. Those elections were postponed at the last minute and such postponement elicited a very angry response from Nigerian voters. Why were the elections postponed? A procurement blunder of biblical…

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