Archive for June, 2014

The SPSM-BOK: How Procurement Professional Development Just Got More Strategic

Most procurement professionals go through their careers learning a little of this and a little of that throughout each year of their careers.  While any type of continuous learning is helpful, this “issue of the moment” approach to professional development in procurement is far from strategic. It’s time for a change. If you’ve always wanted an approach to procurement professional…

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NLPA Vendor Review: Puridiom eProcurement is Solid Where it Counts

Based out of Mechanicsburg, PA, Technical Services Associates (TSA), better known today as Puridiom, has been serving their clients by specializing in eProcurement software for over 30 years.  Puridiom’s customers include Mutual of America, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Western & Southern Financial Group and Kroger.  Puridiom has clients with 5 users to 40,000 users and the organization has been recognized…

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NLPA “Conference Preview” Webinar – June 30

The second annual NLPA Conference is fast approaching!  The NLPA Conference, with its “Where Procurement MVP’s Are Made!” theme, is sure to be a valuable, educational and entertaining procurement conference like no other (except our first one, which absolutely rocked)! This “NLPA Conference Preview” webinar will feature a selection of speakers from the conference who will provide brief and educational…

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Self-Motivation For Procurement Professionals

Procurement is a rewarding job.  You get to work in a fast-paced profession, creatively solve problems, and have a measurable impact on the success of your employer. Procurement is also a challenging job.  Sometimes, you feel caught in the middle of suppliers who just can’t get the right thing done and internal customers who seem impossible to please. Procurement can…

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The Evolution of Procurement Software

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “10 Types of Procurement Software, Part I.” I didn’t realize it, but it had been almost nine years since I had done my last PurchTips exploring the broad procurement software landscape.  That was with an article entitled “Spend Management Technology Trends,” and featured some quotes from another procurement blog survivor and colleague…

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Buyers Now Have More Excel Training Options Than Ever!

Here at the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA), we are always updating and improving our purchasing training offerings.  We recently made a change to our Excel training that we think you may be excited about! First, we revised our popular full-length course, Microsoft Excel For Purchasing Professionals.  Specifically, we added a full lesson on macros.  Macros are little programs that…

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Seven Keys to Better Sourcing and Supplier Relationships

Today’s guest blog post comes from Roshnee Mistry who works with the content leadership team of Zycus on the “Seven Keys to Better Sourcing and Supplier Relationships”. In today’s competitive global scenario, to a large extent suppliers are your cornerstone to success. To remain competitive, it becomes necessary to source from the correct supplier. According to the Key Issues Study 2014 by…

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How to Supercharge Your Procurement Resume: 3 Quick Tips from a Procurement Recruiter

This guest blog post comes from Argentus Talent Acquisition, a specialized recruitment agency in the areas of Procurement, Supply Chain, Logistics, Distribution, Operations and Planning.   As a recruitment firm that specializes in Procurement, a big part of what we do at Argentus is helping candidates craft effective resumes that brand themselves as strategic, skilled professionals. Over the years, we’ve…

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Sourcing Innovation Sponsors NLPA’s 2014 Purchasing & Supply Management Salary Report

The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) extends a warm welcome to Sourcing Innovation as the sponsor of our “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2014” report! Sourcing Innovation has been a long-time friend of the NLPA.   Sourcing Innovation is a leading resource for sourcing, procurement, and supply management professionals who are interested in improving themselves and the performance of…

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Seeking Out the Best Procurement Systems

Since coming on board with the Next Level Purchasing Association, things have been, rather busy…and that is a good thing!  There is nothing like the challenge of a new position you truly enjoy! Now, even though I have tried to walk (make that run wildly) away from my past in Information Technology, I have come to conclusion that it is…

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