Archive for April, 2013

The NLPA Blog Welcomes Sourcing Innovation as a Sponsor

I am delighted to announce that Sourcing Innovation has joined the family of sponsors of the NLPA Blog. Sourcing Innovation is a leading resource for sourcing, procurement, and supply management professionals who are interested in improving themselves and the performance of their supply management organizations. Sourcing Innovation provides in-depth analysis of technologies and processes that can have a profound impact on…

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Has Your Company Ever Been Raided by a SWAT Team Because of a Sourcing Decision?

About a year-and-a-half ago, it was big news when the Gibson guitar factory was raided by gun-carrying agents of the US Government.  The raid was deemed necessary because of an alleged violation of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act, as amended in 2008, now makes it illegal for a US business to purchase any plant that is sold in violation of a…

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Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2013 – Free Webinar!

“How well am I paid?” That’s the question on the mind of nearly every purchasing and supply management professional. And you now have the opportunity to find out! By attending the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) webinar, “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2013,” you will be the first to learn of some very revealing statistics about purchasing and supply…

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More About Procurement Negotiation Offers

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Art of the Procurement Negotiation Offer.” I wanted to expand a bit on Tip #3 – “Predict the Likelihood of Scaring the Supplier Away.”  For some of you, you may think that it is unrealistic for a supplier to be scared away.  They are in the business to sell, right? Well,…

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On Average, How Many Times His/Her Salary Does A Procurement Professional Save?

“On average, how many times his/her salary does a procurement professional save?” That’s just one of the questions that is answered in the just-released 2013 Purchasing & Supply Management Career & Skills Report – a publication annually issued by the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA).  The report is free to all NLPA members and an NLPA basic membership itself is…

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How to “Make Procurement Rock”

We all want to find that “one thing” that will help us quickly and substantially improve our procurement departments’ results, right? The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) aims to give you what you’ve been looking for with our first annual NLPA Conference! With the theme “Make Procurement Rock,” we’ve put together not only an impressive array of thought leaders ready…

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More About The Expansion of the 5 Rights of Purchasing

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part II.” I wanted to expand a little bit on Right #6 – Right Product or Service. I wrote that “you are counted on to know the products and services you buy at least as well as your internal customers to verify that the ideal product…

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Procurement Leadership Career Advancement: Have We Arrived?

A couple of the heavyweights in procurement education have joined together to provide you with some intriguing findings on the topic of the advancement of leaders in the procurement profession.  The whitepaper, “Procurement Leadership Career Advancement:  Have We Arrived or Is There More Work To Be Done?”, summarizes some interesting findings of a research study, jointly conducted by ProcureCon/WB Research…

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