Archive for June, 2011

Procurement Parable – Execute, Da**it, Execute!

Because my previous procurement parables about Ryan (the recently graduated buyer who sabotaged his own pending promotion) and Luke (the Chief Procurement Officer who figured out why his procurement department had such a bad turnover problem) were among the most widely read blog posts I’ve created, I’ll share another procurement parable with you today. The setting for today’s parable is…

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Procurement Ethics Checklist

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “A 13-Point Procurement Ethics Checklist.” When it comes to certain topics that I write about, I know that some of them are bound to incite disagreement. This article is one of those topics. I know that even some of my best educated, most ethically-respected colleagues will disagree with a point or two…

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Not Procurement-Specific, But A Cool MS Word Trick I Learned Today

I had prepared a formal document for a top-secret procurement education-related project I have in the works. One of the individuals reviewing this document told me that a table that was in it was not acceptable and that all of the text had to be in the body of the document, not in the 500-or-so-cell table that it was currently…

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Free Procurement Ethics Webinar This Thursday!

This Thursday – June 23, 2011 – at 11:30AM Eastern US time, I will be leading a webinar entitled “Procurement Ethics: The Obvious & Not So Obvious Challenges.” 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 the webinar: If…

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Off Topic: Bizarre Cultural Predictions For The Next 10 Years & Beyond!

I am taking a four-day weekend starting tomorrow. With that and the fact that I just finished a top secret, gargantuan procurement education-related project on Tuesday, I have to admit:for once, procurement is not on the top of my mind. Therefore, I am going to dedicate today’s post to something totally off-topic. If you only want to read what I…

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The Top Secret Reason I Haven’t Been Blogging As Regularly Lately

Exciting thing coming this Fall… To Your Career, Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2 President & Chief Procurement Officer Next Level Purchasing, Inc. Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career? Earn Your SPSM® Certification Online At Next Level Purchasing . com

You Do Have A Late-Stage Negotiation Strategy, Don’t You?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Here Is Your End-of-Negotiation Strategy.” You know, I just love to hear salespeoples’ thoughts on negotiating with procurement professionals and sourcing teams. A few conversations I’ve had with salespeople throughout my recent career came to mind when writing this article. They included the following… One executive, who oversaw a salesforce in the…

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The NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for June 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 June 2011 is… Rayghana Natheem Oka, a Purchasing Professional from South Africa. During the month of May, Rayghana completed all six Senior Professional…

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Pondering Perk & Premium Procurement

Last month, I completed a productive business trip to Orlando, Florida. I’ve been there a few times but one of the events I remember most about any of my trips to Orlando happened the first time I visited that fine city. During that first trip in, oh, about 1996, I remember waiting in line for two hours at the rental…

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Yet ANOTHER Thing To Include In A Supplier Audit

The number of line items a procurement professional is expected to include on a supplier audit have certainly grown over the past decade. From sustainability matters to child labor issues to supply risk concerns and so on, you probably feel like you have to look in every corner and under every carpet at suppliers’ facilities to truly confirm that those…

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