Archive for 2008

New International Procurement Course

You’re the first to know…our new course “Basics of Smart International Procurement” is now open for enrollment! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I’m really excited about this new course. To buy interenationally takes a lot of preparation and requires you to understand many things that you don’t need to consider when sourcing domestically. This course…

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The Purchasing Manifesto

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Purchasing Manifesto.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! A key takeway I wanted you to get out of this article is that you have to communicate to your internal customer what is in it for them. And saving money isn’t at the top of their list in…

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Will The Economic Stimulus Package Work?

There was a short discussion on Spend Matters a couple of weeks ago in which the effectiveness of the economic stimulus package was debated. I had posed the question about whether the last stimulus package worked but the community did not respond. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Fortunately, an article in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provided…

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ISM’s PMI is BS

If you’ve been watching blogs such as Spend Matters and Supply Excellence, you know that I am a critic of the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index as an economic indicator. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! But, finally, some financial analysts are realizing how suspect (at best) ISM’s index really is. In today’s New…

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Is Animal-Friendly Purchasing The Future?

There was quite a diversity of response to my October 2007 PurchTips article “Purchasing, Social Responsibility & Animals” and the accompanying blog posts (here and here). Some agreed that animal-friendly purchasing was a big part of the future of corporate social responsibility. Others didn’t. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So I found it interesting when…

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Job Openings In Pittsburgh

Next Level Purchasing has been growing tremendously over the past several years. We’ve kept a lean employment base for a long time but now is the time to expand. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! We will be creating several new positions over the coming months. Right now, these two positions are available: Business Development Manager…

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The SPSM Certification Reaches Even More Countries In January

The SPSM Certification continues to expand its global footprint. In January, we certified the first SPSM’s from Australia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Uganda. These ambitious purchasing professionals join others from a host of different countries who have earned the SPSM. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today, employers from over 60 countries throughout the world have…

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Back To The Dual vs. Single Source Question

Back in September, I wrote the PurchTips article “Dual Source vs. Single Source” to make some suggestions to help determine whether dual sourcing or single sourcing was a better alternative for a contract. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Specifically, I wrote: “Upon bid receipt, compute the cost of doing business with the two qualified suppliers…

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A Supply Chain Guy’s $6 Million Idea

From what I’ve read, companies pay about $3 million for a 30-second commercial on the Super Bowl. I understand that they typically hire ad agencies to come up with the ideas for, and produce, the commercial itself. I believe that those ad agencies get paid a commission that is a percentage of the cost of the placement (e.g., 15% of…

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Cost Savings & Multi-Year Contracts

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Calculating Cost Savings In Multiple Years.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Like many other cost savings topics, what I’ve shared is best practice among large companies but certain to be disputed by some in the purchasing and supply management space. So let me add these pieces of…

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