Archive for November, 2006

Skills For Purchasing Positions

There have recently been some published opinions about the skills required for success in purchasing and supply management. Some of these opinions I strongly disagree with, specifically those related to the polarization of general problem solving skills vs. industry-specific expertise. Some thought leaders have said that general problem solving skills should take priority over industry-specific expertise. I think that it…

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Purchasing Processes

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Accountability In Purchasing Processes.” Like it or not, your work in purchasing is going to come under increased scrutiny. As a profession, we have done our part to highlight the value of a purchasing department to its organization. And with that recognition, comes higher expectations. Even if you do not have to…

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Purchasing Pro Gets Recognized In Dubai

One of our recent graduates from the United Arab Emirates has gotten recognized on a Dubai-based Web site for his success in earning his SPSM Certification. I love to see purchasing pro’s get such well-deserved recognition! To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresidentNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?Earn Your SPSM Certification Online At

Attention Purchasing Magazines

We have gotten many requests to reprint our purchasing articles in various media outlets. In many cases, we do grant permission, but we haven’t really invited it. So I’d just like to use this blog post to make it clear that we do entertain opportunities to have our articles reprinted. So if you’d like to reuse our content, just contact…

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Purchasing Best Practices Course

Michael Lamoureux, over at the Sourcing Innovation Blog, did a two-part review of our online course “14 Purchasing Best Practices.” Here are links to his reviews: 14 Purchasing Best Practices Review, Part I 14 Purchasing Best Practices Review, Part II To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresidentNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?Earn Your SPSM Certification Online At

Article About Next Level Purchasing

Winning the Innovative Business of the Year Award has really gotten a lot of attention for us in the past month or so. Just yesterday, the local newspaper, the Coraopolis-Moon Record, published this article about Next Level Purchasing and its history. And last week, the Pittsburgh Business Times featured an article about us winning the award. Though these things have…

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Office Supplies Sourcing

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Office Supplies Sourcing Secrets” as well as the accompanying podcast. That podcast really brought out a lot of not-so-common-knowledge type of information. I think that there are a lot of sourcing professionals who learned about the various pitfalls the hard way. I hope that I have saved you from those hard lessons!…

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Optimization Expert

I had the interesting opportunity to have lunch with Michael Lamoureaux, from the Sourcing Innovation Blog, yesterday. Michael was in Pittsburgh to attend a huge operations management conference here. During our conversation, I learned a lot about Michael’s very impressive combination of skills and interests. It turns out that he has a Ph.D in some advanced type of mathematics, has…

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Attention Procurement Software Providers

Next Level Purchasing is looking for a couple procurement software providers to partner up with for an upcoming educational offering. We’re looking for a provider for each major area of procurement technology (e.g., eProcurement, contract management, supplier management, etc.). This could be a good opportunity to get your name in front of our students – powerful decision makers in the…

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Watch Spend Matters Next Week

I had the opportunity to briefly meet with Jason Busch, author of the Spend Matters blog, last night right before his flight out of Pittsburgh. We had a fun conversation that ranged from purchasing certification issues, to what a blog should be, to trying to get preschoolers to talk about their days at school! When it comes to blogging-for-business, Jason…

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