Archive for June, 2008

Cost Savings Potential

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Cost Savings: From Potential To Actual.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In my years in the field, I’ve definitely seen an evolution of purchasing-driven cost savings. Cost savings are often recorded when a contract is signed and, as such, are only estimates. The evolution has followed this…

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New SPSM Logo Launches on Tuesday!

Tuesday is the four-year anniversary of the SPSM® Certification. One of the ways that we’ll be commemorating the occasion is by launching the new SPSM® Certification logo. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The logo, which was just finished yesterday, is pretty darn sweet looking and was created to further increase the sense of pride that…

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Differences In Certifications

When you put your certification credentials (e.g., SPSM) on your resume, an employer will likely make a judgement about what that means about you as a candidate. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Are you skilled? Or did you just simply pass a test? The employer’s perception of the certification may influence how many points having…

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Tough Negotiating: What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

I’ve been going through some old notes on negotiation and came across some materials from a negotiation retreat that a former employer sent me and many of my co-workers to in the ’90’s. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! At that time, I was working for an employer that had an alliance with a British company.…

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Guest Blogging, Anyone?

In my recent “LinkedIn-related” post, I offered a commenter the opportunity to submit a guest blog on a purchasing and supply management topic. And that got me thinking… Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Maybe it would be a good thing to open up this forum to other voices in the field on occasion. So, if…

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The Spend Fool Unmasked? An Ulterior Motive Behind False Accusations?

Watch this blog this week for more. That’s all I’ll say for now. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident & Chief Procurement OfficerNext Level Purchasing, Inc.Struggling To Have A Rewarding Purchasing Career?Earn Your SPSM® Certification Online Athttp://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com

LinkedIn Can Hurt Your Career, Too

Maybe the title of this post is misleading. It’s really the misuse of LinkedIn that can hurt your career, not LinkedIn itself. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Everyone is touting LinkedIn as the best professional thing since sliced bread. But there is a such thing as too much information. And LinkedIn can allow you to…

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It’s Never The Vendor’s Fault

Here’s a piece of advice that, if followed, will make you a better purchasing professional: adopt the philosophy “If it’s the vendor’s fault, it’s really my fault.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You pick your vendors. You manage your vendors. So you need to be responsible for your vendors. It is a pet peeve of…

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Services Procurement

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part II.” If you haven’t been a PurchTips subscriber for that long, you can find Part I (from 2006) here. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! For many purchasers, buying services after a career of buying goods can be nervewracking. Maybe it’s just me,…

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Purchasing Podcasts on Foneshow.com

At Next Level Purchasing, one of our goals is to make it as easy as possible for purchasing professionals like you to learn. And I’d like to introduce our newest way of helping you learn easily… Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You may know that we’ve been publishing free purchasing podcasts for about two years…

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