Archive for October, 2014

Risk Mitigation In Any Industry

The Next Level Purchasing Association welcomes this guest post from Heather Grossmuller from Source One Management Services. When it comes to third-party vendors, there is no one-stop solution to mitigating risks. However, there are some key elements that could play a vital role in managing risks more effectively. Take for example Target and Lowes. Both are reeling from data breaches…

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Supply Chain Social Responsibility Webinar This Wednesday!

Supply chain social responsibility is an area that is evolving and expanding quickly. It is placing new and complex demands on today’s procurement professionals who are struggling to keep their supply chain social responsibility programs up-to-speed with the business world. Unfortunately, some procurement professionals haven’t even gotten started with implementing a supply chain social responsibility program. They have little understanding…

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What is the Best Procurement Software System?

Recently, the Next Level Purchasing Association has been reviewing some of the available procurement software systems in the market.  This has really been due to the fact that we have read and heard (loudly, I might add!) numerous questions from our students and their executive leaders concerning, “what is the best procurement software system you have ever seen?” Face it,…

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The NLPA Partners With SourceOne To Launch Groundbreaking Marketing Procurement Course

In organizations, there are some departments that just refuse to cooperate with Procurement.  Some departments are harder to crack than others.  And Marketing is perhaps the hardest. Marketing departments are driven by creative thinkers.  People who aren’t concerned with cost savings as much as they are concerned about ROI or, even moreso, enhancing the brand of the company.  If you…

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Minor Changes to What’s Included in the NLPA’s Course & Certification Offerings Are Coming

Here at the NLPA, we are always trying to tweak things to give our students, members and clients the most positive purchasing education and certification experience possible. For example, this year, we’ve supplemented our physical mailing of beautiful parchment certificates with an immediate, print-your-own-certificate option for individuals who complete our online procurement courses.  And we’ve decided that, next year, we…

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Supply Chain Social Responsibility Laws: Which Apply To You?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “A 12-Point Supplier Responsibility Checklist.”  In the article, I referenced two supply chain social responsibility-related laws:  the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.  If you are just starting a supply chain social responsibility program, one of the first things you need to do is to figure which of…

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A Speaker’s Recap: Feeling like a Winner at the 2014 NLPA Conference

The following is an unsolicited guest post from Brad Carlson, Director of Supplier Relationship Management at Source One Management Services.  Mr. Carlson was a panelist at last month’s NLPA Conference. At the end of September, I was lucky enough to attend the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s theme was sports related, “Where Procurement MVPs…

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Directworks – Manufacturing a Powerful Sourcing Tool

More often than not, one-size-fits-all business-type solutions are often a poor fit in one area or another for many businesses.  Specific nuances of their industry are often overlooked leading users  to becoming “creative” in ways they shouldn’t be in order to make these solutions work for their specific needs.  However, in the manufacturing sourcing arena, one solutions provider is doing…

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The 2014 NLPA Conference Hit A Home Run With Procurement Professionals!

It’s taken me a while to catch up afterwards, but I am now ready to declare the 2014 NLPA Conference an overwhelming victory!  Procurement professionals from throughout the US and the world gathered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from September 15th to 17th, 2014 and I’m pretty sure that I saw each one leave with a smile on their faces! We had…

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