Archive for April, 2012

Free 2012 Purchasing Salary Report Now Available!

While the average purchasing salary globally remained consistent between 2011 and 2012, a new report out today reveals that the average purchasing salary in North America has increased by 11%.  This data can be found in the Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2012 Report, published by the Next Level Purchasing Association, which provides purchasers insight into the compensation of…

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Animal-Friendly Purchasing Spreads Like Wildfire In The Food Industry; Which Industry Is Next?

In my October 2, 2007 article, “Purchasing, Social Responsibility & Animals,” I predicted that animal-friendly purchasing “will escalate soon” and that we would be seeing “edicts to adopt animal-friendly purchasing practices.” Well, while “soon” wasn’t as soon as I would have thought, the time that I foresaw has finally come.  As I reported in February, Chipotle made a big splash…

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New NLPA Library Offers Authoritative Tools, Saves Procurement Professionals From “Search Engine Scrap Heap”

The pace in today’s procurement departments is accelerating at an exponential rate.  While the procurement departments of yesteryear may have created requests for proposals, supplier scorecards, internal customer service surveys, and checklists from scratch, the time and resources required to develop those tools internally – or even scan through search results full of less-than-authoritative links – are no longer available…

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Take Your Child To Work Day At NLPA, 2012

 

Procurement Transformation Is NOT About Doing What You Do Better

Procurement transformation. It’s a line item on every procurement executive’s list of objectives. Successfully complete a procurement transformation and you’re a hero with an impressive addition to your resume.  Fail and then you’ll be one of those people with “seeking new opportunities” as their title on their LinkedIn profile. One of the important things to realize in the beginning of…

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Purchasing Salaries in 2012 – Free Webinar!

This coming Monday – April 30, 2012 – at 11:30AM Eastern US time, the Next Level Purchasing Association will be leading a webinar entitled “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2012.” This webinar is free to all members of the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) and membership in the NLPA itself is free and instant.   By attending this webinar,…

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Procurement & LinkedIn

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How Procurement Pros Should Use LinkedIn.” Though many of my PurchTips articles are written in bullet form for easy digestion, I opted to write this one in paragraph form.  However, I thought that I could use this blog to communicate – and even expand – on the theme of the article using…

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RFP Tips and More…Much More!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the article “7 RFP Planning Tips, Part I.” This article was based on a podcast that I recently recorded with Bill Dorn. Bill is the Vice President of Operations for sourcing consultancy Source One Management Services and is also the co-author of one of my favorite procurement books of all time, “Managing Indirect Spend: Enhancing…

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Is Getting 3 Bids & Choosing The Lowest One A Good Process For Purchasing Decisions?

“Is getting three bids and choosing the lowest one a good process for purchasing decisions?” A common question. And one whose answer requires an explanation. So, here’s my explanation… If supplier qualification was performed; all suppliers were deemed to be substantially equivalent in terms of probability of performing to requirements; and factors such as quality, service, and delivery were deemed…

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