Archive for July, 2013

How Much Global Supplier Auditing Is Enough?

Another day, another global sourcing controversy. Today’s controversy has stemmed from China Labor Watch’s new report about a Chinese supplier of Apple, Pegatron.  This report summarized an investigation in which China Labor Watch found working conditions at Pegatron and its subsidiaries to be far worse than those found by Apple’s own audits. However, it doesn’t appear that Apple was failing to acknowledge the…

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How Buyers Should Prepare For Executive Meetings

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part I.” Much of what I teach, I’ve learned the hard way.  Such is the case with some of the tips in the above-linked article and the articles that will follow it.  Here’s a little story… At Next Level Purchasing, we have a purchasing skills assessment. …

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Free Procurement & Cloud Computing Webinar Next Wednesday!

Organizations are investing heavily in cloud computing today.  Every day, more and more evidence points to the importance of cloud computing to global growth. One recent study found that public and private IT cloud services will produce nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015 — and more than half of those jobs will come from small and medium-sized businesses. The…

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The State of IT Purchasing – Free Research Report!

I recently had the opportunity to support the development of a valuable piece of research conducted by the leading eProcurement provider, ePlus.  Their research was concisely and expertly encapsulated in a report entitled “The State of IT Purchasing:   IT Spend Survey Results & Best Practices for IT Spend Management.” This report, while based on research, is not merely a collection of statistics. …

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Sourcing Innovation Reviews Procurement KPI Course Series

In one of the more comprehensive reviews ever published about procurement training, Sourcing Innovation (SI) – one of the leading procurement-related sites for going on a decade – recently published a multi-part review of the “Procurement KPI’s & Business Acumen” online course series from the Next Level Purchasing Association.  In the review, SI editor Dr. Michael Lamoureux wrote: “In SI’s…

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How Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Could Affect Procurement Work

On June 26 of this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, is unconstitutional,” according to ABC News.  Since then, there has been much legislative activity in state and local governments to provide various measures of equality to same-sex couples. Like many other aspects…

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