Archive for January, 2012

Next Level Purchasing Association Launches New Site & Services, Part II

In Part I of this series, I announced how the Next Level Purchasing Association has launched its new website and I introduced you to one of its new features: Procurement Preschool. Today, I’ll introduce you to another new section of the website covering on-site procurement seminars (http://nextlevelpurchasing.com/procurement-seminars.php). The Next Level Purchasing Association has always been known for its top-quality online…

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Does Successfully Sourcing Services Sometimes Require Seducing Suppliers?

The answer to this question is “yes – you sometimes do have to seduce suppliers when sourcing services.” Now, when I say “seduce,” I’m not talking about wearing clothing that exposes more flesh than typically shown in a business environment or splashing yourself with a designer scent or using a cheesy pick up line. I’m talking about giving service suppliers…

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The Purchasing Audit: A Quick Introduction

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The goal of a purchasing audit is to determine whether policies and procedures have been followed within the purchasing department to ensure that no fraud occurred, that all decisions were made with the best interests of the organization in mind, and that suppliers were treated fairly. This assumes that the purchasing…

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Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part III

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part II.” In Part I of the series, I wrote that “If a supplier’s product fails to comply with acceptance criteria, there are five common contractual remedies that procurement professionals use: replacement, supplier repair, self-repair, refund, and contract termination.” I gave two checklists to guide your use of…

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Next Level Purchasing Association Launches New Site & Services, Part I

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been so quiet on here lately, it’s because things have been busier than ever at the Next Level Purchasing Association. A few weeks ago, we launched our new website and, with it, several new features which I will be describing here in a series of posts. The new feature that I’ll talk about today…

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The NLPA Dedicated Member of the Month for January 2012 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 January 2012 is… Randy Jenson, a Senior Buyer at SJE-Rhombus in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, USA. In December, Randy completed all six Senior Professional…

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New Procurement Book Revolutionizes Learning For Supply Chain Leaders

While many of the procurement books out there are dry and often snooze-inducing, an exciting, new book released today has finally made learning how to implement procurement best practices fun. Next Level Purchasing founder Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2 and Dr. Soheila Lunney, SPSM, have co-authored “The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Supply Management Professionals” – a fresh,…

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