All posts by Mnicol

Are Your Suppliers Using This Deceptive Pricing Tactic?

Recently, four large retail stores, Macy’s, JCPenny, Kohl’s, and Sears, have come under fire for marking up items before putting them on sale.  The lawsuits they face claim that their pricing tactics are deceptive and mislead consumers on the true savings achieved. For several months, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office monitored sale prices at the retailers.  Several items were identified to have been advertised as…

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Free Procurement Value Creation Workbook – Get Your Copy

Procurement has an incredible capability for creating value and can do so in many ways. Unfortunately, many senior executives – and, admittedly, even some procurement professionals – do not understand all of the ways that procurement can create value. In this workbook, you’ll learn 10 ways that procurement can create value and be challenged to formulate your own ideas on…

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Upcoming Webinar: Key Elements of Effective Negotiating

One of  the most significant and visible measures of a procurement professional’s success is the results which they get from supplier negotiations.   This presentation will provide an overview of the primary causes of negotiation failures, as well as the key elements of successful negotiation. The guest presenter, Ernest Gabbard, JD, has participated in and analyzed hundreds of negotiations to develop…

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Pittsburgh Mayor Declares: “Make Your Mark on Procurement History” Day

The 2016 NLPA Conference is already beginning to make it’s mark on procurement history – and it doesn’t even kick-off until next month! We received a pretty amazing envelope in the mail recently that we had to share.  The Mayor of the city of Pittsburgh heard about the 2016 NLPA Conference.  He was so impressed that he made an official proclamation:…

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Pokémon Go Lessons for Procurement – Seriously!

You simply can’t escape it – Pokémon Go is a giant phenomenon! First, let me be upfront with you.  I have not played the game and I really don’t know much about Pokémon other than Pikachu.  That being said I, like most of you, have been surrounded by those playing it just about everywhere I go. And, it got me thinking – as we do…

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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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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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Are Your Payment Terms Alienating Your Suppliers?

News stories involving supplier payment issues have been frequent lately.  In the doghouse are companies like American Apparel and Target who have been knocked for either failing to make payments or having suppliers send invoices to an arm of the company that was planning to file for bankruptcy protection. And a British brewing company is turning some heads by requiring that suppliers…

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Out of The Box Ideas: Could Amazon’s Flex Program Control Rising Costs?

In a world where consumers want their online purchases pretty much the moment they hit “confirm order,” Amazon is launching a new delivery program, Flex.  This new delivery process will use any Average Joe with a car and a drivers license to deliver your Amazon purchases. Let’s face it, we’ve all become pretty accustomed to free shipping. But that free…

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Sustainably Sourced Chocolate- Could It Be Any Sweeter?

  Nestle’s chocolate candy bars are about to taste even sweeter.  And no, it’s not because they are adding more sugar, instead they are making a vow to only use sustainably and ethically sourced cocoa in their products. Starting in 2016 with four of their most popular bars, including Kit-Kats, the company intends to make 100% of their products with…

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