Archive for February, 2016

Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part I

Among other things, a procurement certification proves that you are serious about your profession.  So, naturally, a common interview question for a buyer position is:  “Why don’t you have a certification?” There are three lame excuses that we’ve heard. Please, if you want to call yourself a buying professional, do not make these excuses. These excuses are so thin, any…

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Telecom Contracting 101

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Whether you’re purchasing new telecom services or simply renewing existing services, there are countless contact intricacies you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line. Believe it or not, typical telecom contracts are actually written in the supplier’s best interest and do not typically offer equal liabilities…

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SPSM Certification Eligibility

Because of how some other certifications in supply chain and other fields work, some people assume that they are not eligible to earn any procurement certification. But I want to dispel that assumption very clearly right here, right now. There are no educational or experience prerequisites for earning the SPSM Certification. If you only have been in procurement a short…

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Direct Procurement Examples

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Direct Procurement: Different Types Defined.” In the article, I contrasted “market-driven direct procurement” with “cost-driven direct procurement.”  Allow me to give examples of each. Let’s take the example of a bottle of ketchup.  A bottle of ketchup lists eight ingredients. Each of those ingredients is likely subject to its own market forces. …

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Upcoming Webinar – The SPSM Certification: What Can It Do For Your Procurement Career?

Right now, the world’s leading companies are advertising available procurement jobs using phrases like “SPSM Certification required,” “SPSM Certification preferred,” and “SPSM Certification a plus.” These organizations and many others understand the benefits of having staff members who have earned this prestigious credential and are willing to pay higher salaries. Why? And why isn’t every procurement professional certified yet? In…

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NLPA President Honored in 2016 Pros to Know by Supply and Demand Chain Executive

The Next Level Purchasing Association(NLPA) is delighted to announce that Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 has been named to the annual listing of the 2016 Pros to Know in the supply chain industry.  This is Charles’ 9th acknowledgement by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine for his continued dedication to developing world-class procurement departments through best practice procurement training and the SPSM® Family…

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How To Get Started On Your Procurement Certification…For Free!

“The hardest part of any journey is taking that first step” – Unknown The value of getting a procurement certification should be obvious. You’d earn more money.  Qualify for better jobs.  Get more respect from management, internal customers, suppliers, and peers. Yet a subset of procurement professionals just can’t push themselves to earn their certification. Even though a procurement certification…

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Why Direct Spend Procurement Cost Savings Matters More

I hope that you enjoyed the article “10 Strategic Procurement Ideas.” The first idea was “Reduce costs in a way that enables your organization to price its products/services more competitively.” I phrased this point in this manner because it is finally time to address some questions procurement professionals have been pondering for decades.  Questions like: “If I buy 10,000 units…

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Congratulations to Kara on 10 Years With The NLPA!

Many of you who have called in to the Next Level Purchasing Association offices seeking enrollment help have spoken with our Business Development Manager, Kara.  Last month, I was delighted to present Kara with an award for a whopping 10 years of service at the NLPA! Kara started as a part-timer at the NLPA in 2006.  She was handling things…

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Procurement Conference Early-bird Pricing Extended! Last Chance!

Time is running out to save on your registration for the procurement event of the year!  The Early-Bird pricing has been so popular, we’ve extended it for two more weeks.  Register by February 12, 2016 to save! George Washington Carver once said “When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”  You,…

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