Archive for June, 2016

Sign Up For The NLPA Conference Soon: Less Than 75 Seats Remain For This Great Procurement Event!

I’m guessing it was the success of the first two NLPA Conferences, but the pace of registrations for this year’s NLPA Conference is much faster!  With four months remaining before the event, we have 42% more registrations than we had at the same point for our last conference! The theme of this year’s conference is “Make Your Mark on Procurement History!”…

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Sample RFP as the Basis for Your RFP?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “RFP Templates:  Use ’em, Don’t Abuse ’em.” Though the article was focused on adapting an RFP template for use as a real-world RFP, the same tips apply to using a sample RFP.  I distinguish a sample RFP from an RFP template as follows: A sample RFP is a complete RFP for a…

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Webinar This Coming Wednesday: Keeping Procurement Out of the Doghouse

The cost savings and business efficiencies brought about by strategic sourcing earn a procurement department much respect.  But once the right supplier has been identified, the real work starts. That’s because a sourcing project that took three months culminates in a supplier relationship that may need to be managed for three years.  Maybe more.  And if that supplier relationship falters,…

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Procurement Policy Template

I hope that you enjoyed the article, “A 12-Point Procurement Policy Checklist.” The checklist can certainly help you develop a procurement policy from scratch.  But you can save a ton of time if you instead start with a procurement policy template, use the checklist to help identify your organization’s specific requirements, and then adapt the template into your personalized policy. The…

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Supplier Risk Mitigation: Advice From Experts

Sending a big shoutout to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, who featured some extensive quotes from me in their article “Your Supplier’s Risk Is Your Risk.” It’s a truly fantastic article, as it also features some great supplier risk mitigation advice from these other industry experts: Brian Winshall, executive vice president of business development, AFN Logistics Diane Palmquist, vice president of manufacturing…

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