Archive for February, 2012

Free Procurement Career Webinar This Wednesday!

February’s live-only webinar: “How To Take Charge of Your Procurement Career & Make It A Successful One” sponsored by the Next Level Purchasing Association will be held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 11:30 AM Eastern US Time. Is there a big difference between what you want your procurement career to be and what it is now? If you’re like…

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Procurement Strategy Do’s & Don’ts – An Exciting New Podcast & Series of Articles!

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Procurement Strategy Do’s & Don’ts, Part I.” This article – and the forthcoming Part II – were based on a podcast that I recorded with Coupa’s Ravi Thakur. For a procurement strategy-packed 30 minutes of education, I highly encourage you to download it from our podcast page and give it a listen!…

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Myth: Learning Inventory Management Is Painful

Bad inventory decisions can kill an organization’s profitability, whittle away at its market share, and generally wreak havoc on the supply chain. Unfortunately, most supply chain professionals are operating on informally-learned tactics and exposing their organizations to disastrous supply chain and financial consequences. Today, Next Level Purchasing launches its newest full-length online course, “Profitable Inventory Management and Control,” which teaches…

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What Is A More Professional Job: Corporate Purchasing or Fingernail Painting?

“What is a more professional job: corporate purchasing or fingernail painting?” Interesting title, eh? And, because I know the typical demographics of my readers, it is very likely that you answered “Duh, corporate purchasing!” But is it? Well, consider this…every state in the United States requires “nail technicians” to acquire a certain number of hours of training before they are…

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Animal-Friendly Purchasing Goes Viral

In a blog post from almost four years ago to the day, I asked the question “Is animal-friendly purchasing the future?“ Today, I think the answer is clearly “yes.” During the broadcast of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Chipotle Mexican Grill has produced a video that has since crossed the 5 million view mark on YouTube. The video – embedded at the…

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Ethically Soliciting & Using Supplier Ideas

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Ethics & Supplier Ideas.” The topic of suppliers bringing cost savings ideas to the table is one I could write volumes on. In fact, it was difficult to fit a conversation about the topic into the format I use for our PurchTips articles. But as I started thinking about the topic more,…

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