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Nearshoring or Offshoring? Tips to choose the right strategy

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post When cost savings is the main driver of a sourcing initiative, many consider looking at what is available abroad, in countries where both labor rates and material costs are known to be more competitive than in the US. Mexico, China, India, and Vietnam are some places where these costs…

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Procurement History Was Made at the 2016 NLPA Conference!

After two wildly popular procurement conferences – 2013’s “Make Procurement Rock” and 2014’s “Where Procurement MVP’s Are Made” – the procurement world wondered what the Next Level Purchasing Association had up its sleeve next for 2016. The answer was yet another incredibly educational, enjoyable and historic event:  the 2016 NLPA Conference with the theme “Make Your Mark on Procurement History!”…

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2 Procurement Transformation Case Studies No CPO Should Miss

I am looking forward to all of the keynote speeches and educational breakout sessions at this month’s NLPA Conference.  But there are two sessions in particular that I may be just a little extra excited for. Those two sessions are the case studies of separate procurement transformations.  They are being presented by the heads of procurement of two very different…

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The Deadline To Register For The 2016 NLPA Conference is October 10!

If you want to “Make Your Mark on Procurement History,” time is running out! The deadline to register for the 2016 NLPA Conference is October 10 at Noon Eastern US time. If you haven’t already researched the NLPA Conference, this year’s event is packed with value for procurement professionals who want to innovate!  It is being held on October 24-25,…

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A Disturbing Procurement Statistic

In being interviewed for a business publication, I was asked the question:  What percentage of procurement professionals receive negotiation training? Now, without having access to the personal training records of the millions of procurement professionals on the planet, I had to make some assumptions. But, I’m the type of guy that doesn’t like off-the-top-of-my-head answers, especially when it involves numbers.…

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Upcoming Webinar: Talent Acquisition Trends in Procurement

Hiring trends have changed a lot over the past few years. What are the latest trends in attracting the top talent to your procurement organization? And, are you as a professional keeping up with these changes? The next NLPA webinar, “Talent Acquisition Trends in Procurement,” conducted by a guest presenter from GEP, explores these topics and more. This webinar will…

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Procure-To-Pay Specialist Puridiom Becomes Part of BravoSolution

In a surprising and dramatic fashion, multi-module procurement technology provider, BravoSolution, last month acquired procure-to-pay (P2P) specialist, Puridiom.  This acquisition comes on the heels of Basware’s acquisition of long-time P2P solution provider – and former BravoSolution partner – Verian  earlier this year. With Puridiom, BravoSolution picks up strong P2P technology to complement an already-impressive offering of digital procurement tools.  A…

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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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Gas Trickles Down

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Have you stopped by the pump to fuel up your car recently?  If so, your wallet may not have felt that much lighter afterwards.  Do you remember filling your gas tank back in 2008?  Paying at the pump then probably felt similar to wringing your wallet dry as gas…

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Building a Competitive Advantage through a Business Continuity Plan

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Building and maintaining a competitive advantage in today’s complex supply chain environment can be a never-ending endeavor.   As customer needs and economic conditions evolve, what once put your company at the forefront of the industry may become your downfall.  Producing a product or providing a service that is superior…

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