Archive for October, 2007

Supplier Experiment With Case Studies

One of the nice things about being the president of an organization is that it allows me to conduct real-life experiments to test my hypotheses about purchasing. Obviously, that is not something I wanted to do with someone else’s money when I held purchasing positions for my previous employers! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Way…

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The Requisition Template Addition

I hope that you enjoyed the article “Your Requisition Template Isn’t Enough.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In this blog post, you’ll get the link to the sample questionnaire that I described in the article. But for those of you who are PurchTips subscribers who have not yet visited this blog, please let me tell…

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Purchasing Podcasts Now On iTunes!

Yes, Next Level Purchasing’s “Purchasing & Supply Management Podcast Series” is now available on iTunes. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You can subscribe and download all of our podcasts for FREE! There’s over 4 hours worth of free training audios and videos there now and the number will be growing. I personally love free podcast…

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Purchasing People on Facebook

I just set up my profile on Facebook. So, if you’re on it (or were thinking about joining), please send me a friend request. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! MySpace seems like it has its trashy elements and LinkedIn seems boring, so Facebook appears to be the best social network for purchasing professionals at this…

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New Purchasing-Related Scam

I just read in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there is a new scam that has affected the Supervalu grocery chain. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Apparently, someone pretended to be an employee of a couple of its suppliers and asked it to redirect its payments to new bank accounts. Of course, the bank accounts belonged…

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Purchasing Certification Map

Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you haven’t visited our Web page describing the SPSM Certification Program this month, you’ve missed a whole host of updates. One of my favorites, originated by Kara (our Manager of Administration & Special Projects), is the image above. So when I tell you our purchasing education is globally recognized,…

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Boeing Supply Chain

Yesterday morning, I had one of the more perplexing moments in front of my RSS reader. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Purchasing Magazine published a story in which they named Steven Schaffer, Boeing’s Vice President of Global Partners, its Supply Chain Manager of the Year. That itself wasn’t perplexing. But what was perplexing was the…

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Copycat Purchasing Certification

<divDon’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!>So many of you have contacted us with confusion about the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification and a certification that is allegedly coming out from another organization in a year or two with a confusingly similar name and it has been difficult to personally respond to all of you.…

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Purchasing Technology Layoffs

Uh oh…things are sounding like 2001 again. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that CombineNet laid off a number of people and I just saw a Spend Matters post with similar news about Emptoris. What’s next? To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresidentNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?Earn Your…

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The Negotiation Technique

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “A Negotiation Technique With A New Name.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Using the “reverse differentiation” negotiation technique is a great first step towards becoming an effective win-win negotiator. Experts say that traditional negotiation focuses on “dividing the pie” so that you get a bigger piece of…

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