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Take This Job And…Shove Me A Letter of Recommendation?

Though not related to the NLPA or even procurement, I recently witnessed a crazy employment situation.  It involved a company that provides services in consumers’ homes. On a certain Friday, an employee of the company didn’t show up on time for one of the consumers.  The consumer unsuccessfully tried to reach the employee directly.  Then, after more time had passed, the…

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The “Easter Egg Hunt” of Procurement

I enjoyed celebrating Easter this past Sunday. Even though my kids are now 13 and 15, we still have a tradition of doing an Easter egg hunt on Easter morning.  It’s fun, like having wee little kids again, if even for just a few minutes. Strangely enough, thinking about this year’s Easter egg hunt got me thinking about procurement.  Specifically,…

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Good…Or Cheap?

Here at the Next Level Purchasing Association, we consider ourselves pretty good at explaining the most advanced topics in procurement today. But we also recognize the importance of not ignoring the fundamentals.  Often times, people take an over-complicated view of procurement and that gets in the way of making the simple tweaks that can add up to real performance improvement.…

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The Evolution of the Cloud and Its Impact on Supply Chain

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post   Cloud computing continues to rise in popularity as cloud-based technologies play a critical role in businesses by creating new competitive advantages. To start off, what exactly is cloud computing? The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology describes cloud computing as “A model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand…

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Why Do Your Subordinates Do What You Ask?

Leadership is one of my favorite topics.  I love to study the psychology of what makes someone in a leadership position a true leader. So, if you’re a procurement leader, I’d like you to ponder a question about your leadership.  Think about your subordinates completing tasks that you assign. Why do they do what you ask? There are answers along…

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Business In The Millennial World

Simon Sinek’s viral video rant on millennials in the workplace is interesting from beginning to end.  Perhaps a bit condescending to millennials in many parts, but important in how it captures perceptions of millennials and challenges in our technology-driven world. There are three aspects of this video that I think procurement professionals need to pay attention to: The culture in which…

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Extreme Vetting for Procurement Jobs?

Though procurement departments are way more respected than they were 20-30 years ago, there is still work to do.  There are still some procurement departments that have vestiges of years past:  seats filled by procurement people and not procurement professionals. I am occasionally reminded of this when I have an encounter with a procurement person who clearly doesn’t know how…

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Strategic Sourcing Resume Writing Tips

A good friend of mine recently found himself looking for a job in the purchasing/supply chain/procurement/strategic sourcing realm.  He asked me to pass along his resume to any employer in my network who may be looking for talent such as his. I just.  Couldn’t.  Do it. Why not? Well, his resume simply looked sloppy to me.  I thought his resume…

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Tactical vs Strategic Procurement Splits: Another Alternative?

Although we’ve already written much on dividing procurement departments into tactical and strategic teams, it is worth discussing other potential ways to slice the procurement activity pie. In most procurement departments that are split into tactical and strategic teams, the tactical work includes order placement, expediting, and resolving day-to-day issues.  And the strategic work includes sourcing, negotiation, and supplier management.…

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Marketing Procurement: Understanding Event Budgets

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post   An event budget is a moving target. There are numerous factors influencing the final cost for your event that are continually changing throughout the course of your planning and up until the day of. As a result, oftentimes final budgets are not reconciled until a few weeks post…

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