Archive for May, 2016

The Procurement Balanced Scorecard: Some Ideas & A Template

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Balanced Scorecard For Procurement.” In that article, I explained why companies use the Balanced Scorecard and provided an example for how, without it, companies can screw themselves over with bad goal planning.  But though I described how to adapt the Balanced Scorecard to procurement, I didn’t provide any examples of how…

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What New Procurement Ideas Will You Learn At The 2016 NLPA Conference?

Building on the success of our 2013 NLPA Conference (“Make Procurement Rock”) and our 2014 NLPA Conference (“Where Procurement MVP’s Are Made”), all of us here at the Next Level Purchasing Association are stoked to share full descriptions of all of the sessions being presented at our upcoming 2016 NLPA Conference!  You can read about all of these sessions in…

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How The SPSM Certification Just Got Even More Valuable For Procurement Professionals

In a post entitled “The Benefits of the SPSM Certification in Bullet Points,” I recently listed several benefits of the SPSM Certification for both those who have earned it as well as their employers. To recap just a few of those, the benefits to the procurement professional include higher pay, more respect, being qualified for more strategic work, and more. …

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Managing The Cloud

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Everywhere you look in the IT space, the focus is all about the cloud. Most businesses are considering moving services to the cloud or have already moved multiple services to the cloud to reap the benefits. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings are particularly hot right now – a…

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The NLPA’s Legendary Procurement Models Are Now In One Place!

Since the Next Level Purchasing Association was founded, we have published various procurement models.  Some accompanied by great self-produced hype.  Some more quietly. We recently redesigned our website (we hope you noticed!).  And, as part of that redesign, we now have a single page showcasing all of our procurement models, ready to be adapted by your organization for success. Our…

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7 Steps For Fueling Better Procurement Team Performance

Are you struggling to improve the performance of your procurement team? If you’re like most procurement leaders, you are at best only partially satisfied with the results your team is producing. You are expected to deliver bigger and better results, but you worry that the skill levels possessed by your team may limit your ability to achieve your goals. Do…

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Supply Chain & Marketing Collaboration

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How Supply Chain Can Woo Marketing.” In the article, I provided three ways that a supply chain department can be a perfect marketing collaboration partner.  I wanted to expand upon the first way here. Part of Marketing’s job is to communicate the organization’s competitive advantage to prospective customers.  Competitive advantage can be…

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Millennials in Procurement – The New NLPA Whitepaper Is Here!

If there is something on the mind of every hiring manager and team leader in procurement today, it is this:  how do we handle all of these millennials entering the workforce?  Specifically, millennials in procurement? Actually, the business world is talking about millennials as if they are some kind of aliens that just landed on Earth.  Are millennials truly that much…

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Fleet Basics

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post With volatile cost components like fuel and regionally variable maintenance labor rates, fleet operations can be an intimidating area to source and identify savings while maintaining program consistency. Where does one even start? After conducting multiple fleet sourcing initiatives with clients of varied size and nature, I have learned…

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