Archive for May, 2015

Supply Chain Lessons from Chipotle

On April 26, Chipotle announced its farewell to genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), a first for a major restaurant chain. A statement on their site explains: “Chipotle is on a never-ending journey to source the highest quality ingredients we can find. Over the years, as we have learned more about GMOs, we’ve decided that using them in our food doesn’t align…

Read more

Can’t Get Timely Delivery, Get A Gun?

Has a supply shortage ever made you feel like shooting someone? Well, a certain supply shortage has Utah lawmakers ready to load the state’s rifles. You see, as I originally reported back in 2011, there has been a persistent shortage of the chemicals used in lethal injections.  So, because of an apparent “production line shutdown” on death row, state governments…

Read more

Communication Plan Examples

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Your Strategic Sourcing Communication Plan.” In the article, I briefly referenced two types of communication plan tools:  a Stakeholder List and a Communication Matrix.  If you were to google “communication plan example,” you would find tons of examples of these tools, some of them good and some that look like they were…

Read more

Procurement Skills & Performance Benchmarking Webinar This Wednesday

Have you ever wanted to benchmark your cost savings performance against that of other purchasing professionals?  Compare how much training you get versus your purchasing peers?  Learn what other organizations consider the most important purchasing skills? Well, the Next Level Purchasing Association is going to enable you to do all those things and more! In “The Purchasing Skills & Performance…

Read more

Wax Digital web3 eSourcing

Wax Digital is a well-known provider of spend management solutions throughout the continent of Europe.  Based out of the United Kingdom, their impressive list of clients include Virgin Atlantic, Nissan, Sunguard and HMV.  Wax Digital boasts almost 250,000 users in over 100 countries.  There web3 Purchase to Pay system is a cloud-based fully hosted solution Spend Visibility Wax Digital’s web3 Purchase…

Read more

Women, Equal Pay and Negotiation Skills

The 2015 Next Level Purchasing Association Salary Report indicates that 81% of all procurement professionals outside of North America were men, who in turn made approximately 15.7% more money than their female counterparts.  In North America, the numbers indicated that the gender gap was much narrower at 53% men to 47% women in the field.  However, the salary gap indicated women…

Read more

SPSM-BOK Mastery Model: The June 2014 YouTube Video That Introduced It

Once Again, “The Dinosaur” Copies Off of the NLPA With Mastery Model

You’ve heard this story before… The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) launched the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification in 2004 only to have that crusty, old supply management institution most informed people hate launch a similarly-named certification four years later.  Since that time, they also came to market years after NLPA launches with similarly-named skills assessments, podcast series,…

Read more