Archive for July, 2012

True Vendor Collaboration Takes Effort, But It’s Worth It

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “4 Essential Vendor Collaboration Questions.” Today, I just conducted the monthly NLPA members-only webinar on the topic of vendor communication and how you have to be careful in your communications with vendors to ensure that your organization gets what it wants and avoids disputes.  Doing that webinar made me think of how…

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Free Supplier Communication Webinar This Tuesday!

If you’ve been in procurement long enough, you’ve encountered situations where orders don’t come in when you need them to, or where products don’t work out the way you had hoped, or you reach an impasse in a dispute with your supplier over how a contract should be interpreted.  In many cases, right or wrong, the supplier gets blamed. But…

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Supplier Quality Checklist

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “A 12-Point Supplier Quality Checklist.” These checklist points were summarized from our comprehensive new online course “Improving Quality in the Supply Chain.”  One of my favorite items from the checklist is “The supplier has quality performance goals.” Just like typical procurement KPI’s, the quality function has a variety of KPI’s to choose…

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“Bring Solutions, Not Problems” Is Incomplete

The business world is full of axioms – phrases or expressions recognized by their repeated utterances.  They become so common that business people accept them as law or, at the very least, don’t scrutinize them for improvement opportunities. One such axiom is “bring solutions, not problems.”  This axiom is designed to prevent employees from simply dumping problems on their managers…

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New Online Course Helps Procurement Departments Improve Supply Quality

Quality is vitally important to every organization, regardless of whether it provides services or manufactures a physical product. However, many organizations fail to actively involve procurement in their quality assurance initiatives. And, until now, procurement departments have never had access to a procurement-centric guide for quality assurance. Today, Next Level Purchasing addressed this problem by launching a new online course,…

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Ground-Breaking New Procurement Certification Enables Enterprise-Wide Synergy

 The overall success of an organization is highly dependent on all of its departments working closely together towards strategic goals.  Recognizing procurement as a common element for driving this enterprise-wide success, the SPSM3 Certification, released today, encourages procurement professionals to look beyond the four walls of the procurement department and learn how to influence and interact with other key areas…

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