Archive for May, 2006

The Spend & Supply Management Debate

The growing community of purchasing bloggers has been blogging away about the debate between Supply Excellence’s Tim Minahan and Spend Matters’ Jason Busch about which is the better term between “Supply Management” and “Spend Management.” I’m not going to cover that debate here, but I will share some stats that relate to it. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply…

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Contingency Planning

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Next Purchasing Crisis & Contingency Plans.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! To be blunt, this wasn’t one of my favorite purchasing articles to write. To think of the potential impact of pandemic influenza is not pleasant. I don’t know how prepared they will be for the…

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Supply Chain Conferences

Is it just me, or are there an incredible number of supply chain conferences this year? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Corporate United, Ariba, ISM, etc., etc., etc. Unfortunately (actually, fortunately), Next Level Purchasing is so busy with a growing student base, new employees, and our growth initiatives, I am unable to attend most of…

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Gas Prices & Corporate Purchasing

In a early edition of PurchTips entitled “Autopsies of Dead Supplier Relationships,” I discussed how opportunistic behavior can drive a buyer and supplier apart forever. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today, we are seeing this happen on a macroeconomic level with gas prices. The oil companies are indeed pushing the limits with their prices. And…

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Green Supply Chain & Dr. Seuss?

Green supply chain initiatives are becoming more and more common. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Some organizations pursue a green supply chain because it’s an “emerging trend.” Other organizations pursue a green supply chain because they are afraid of getting a negative public image if they don’t. But I think it is important to pursue…

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Gas Prices, Supply and Demand

Yes, I dislike the current gas prices as much as everyone else. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! But I also think that we, as consumers, are every bit as responsible for them as the “greedy” oil companies. And I don’t really think that legislating extra taxes for these companies is fair. Let me explain… Though…

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