Archive for August, 2011

UPS: Shifting From “Brown” to “Green?”

UPS (United Parcel Service) is probably best known for it’s iconic Brown color and former marketing slogan, “What can Brown do for you?” Yesterday, however, UPS made an announcement that indicates a shifting company focus on being more green. The company has entered into a deal with Electric Vehicles International to purchase 100 electric trucks to be used on routes…

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Who’s Going To ProcureCon USA Next Month?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 An exciting procurement conference opportunity is coming up! ProcureCon 2011 will be held September 12-14, 2011 at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. Conference organizers tout ProcureCon as being “…designed to meet all your current concerns and challenges in relation to manufacturing material management & professional services spend. Key topics…

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What’s The “Key” to Supplier Management Strategy Success?

I hope that you enjoyed the article “The Complete Supplier Management Strategy.” Ask yourself these questions: Is the rest of my company as well-versed about our supplier mangement strategy as our procurement department? What about other departments that may be involved? Do other departments know what we’re trying to accomplish and why? When the strategy results in success, is the…

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Time Is Scarce, But What Career-Oriented Stuff Do You Always Find Time For?

It’s everyone’s excuse for everything: “I don’t have time.” And my lips are tempted to spit that excuse today as I will be out of the office next week and my to-do list is certainly longer than a to-do list that I can complete in one day. So, today, the emails I usually quickly peruse (e.g., press releases from vendors…

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Free Supply Chain Risk Webinar This Friday!

This Friday – August 19, 2011 – at 1:00PM Eastern US time, the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) will be hosting a webinar entitled “8.9 – A Case Study For Proactive Supply Chain Management.” This webinar will be presented by the Senior Director of Global Manufacturing Procurement for a Fortune 500 company and will discuss lessons learned from mitigating the…

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The NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for August 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 August 2011 is… Ryan Layson, a Technical Procurement Officer working for Aktor SA Qatar, New Doha International Airport Project from Doha, Qatar. During…

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Who Owns The Customer-Supplier Relationship?

A few weeks back, the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Group on LinkedIn held a knowledge-sharing conference call based around the question “Do penalties improve supplier performance?” Shortly after the call, Michael Koploy posted a nice summary on softwareadvice.com. That summary covered these five top takeaways from the call: Incentives Needed to Balance Supplier Penalties Increase Supplier Performance Visibility & Communication…

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What is eSourcing? What is a Reverse Auction? What’s the Difference?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “What eSourcing Is & How To Get Started.” This article is based on a 30-minute podcast I did with Jason Busch, Editor of spendmatters.com. That podcast had lots of nuggets of good information and I only had space for a few excerpts in the article. So, I highly suggest that you check out…

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Is What’s Good For Procurement Bad For The Economy?

Yesterday, the stock market took an ugly hit. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by the biggest amount since the financial meltdown three years ago. This drop followed smaller drops in prior days that were at least partially influenced by lower-than-previous-month numbers in ISM’s economic indexes. Earlier this week, the Next Level Purchasing Association released our August edition of Leading-Edge…

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Another Apple Supplier Debacle: Supplier Exec Gets Paid To Reveal iPad Secrets

Listen, I know I post a lot about procurement-related problems involving Apple. But don’t get the wrong idea – it’s not that Apple’s procurement is bad, it’s just that when you’re the hottest company out there, a lot of people are gunning for you and the challenges are perhaps greater than they are elsewhere. Apple’s procurement team does a fantastic…

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