Archive for 2008

Introducing…The SPSM Index!

One of the hardest questions to answer is “What topics does the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program cover?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Well…a lot! So rather than spout off the topics that most individuals are interested in – spend analysis, stratetic sourcing, managing supply risk, eProcurement and eSourcing, cost savings reporting, yada, yada,…

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SPSM Certifications Now Awarded In 40+ Countries & Growing!

Though I usually use the first blogging day of the month to announce new countries where the SPSM® Certification was awarded in the prior month, some other topics were more timely. But now…I’m ready! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! November saw us award the first SPSM® Certifications in Rwanda and the Isle of Man/British Isles.…

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The Automaker Bailout: Do Common Suppliers Pose Systemic Risk?

Whitepaper Wednesday will return next week. I wanted to jump on the automotive industry bailout news in a timely fashion. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Many eyes across the business world are on Capitol Hill where the leaders of GM, Ford, and Chrysler will be pleading for taxpayer dollars to save their companies and –…

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The Sourcing Maniacs Visit To Next Level Purchasing

If you haven’t been checking the Sourcing Innovation blog lately, you’ve missed the doctor’s fun series where his “Sourcing Maniacs” characters “visit” various vendors in the sourcing space and extract some behind-the-scenes information that is both educational and entertaining. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Well, Next Level Purchasing headquarters was one of the stops on…

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The 4th Quarter Is Procurement Planning Time!

I recently penned a piece entitled “The 4th Quarter: A Procurement Leader’s Time To Plan” for the eSourcing Forum. In it, I discuss some questions that procurement leaders will ponder in this fourth quarter, such as: What goals should I set for Procurement to help the corporation achieve its goals? What contracts are expiring next year? What new categories can…

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The Last Economic Stimulus: What Did We Learn?

Back in March, I pondered whether the economic stimulus rebate checks would have any effect on inflation. It appears that they did. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The inflationary correlation seemed particularly true with regard to gas prices. Stimulus checks were distributed during the period May 2 to July 11, 2008. Look what happened to…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Recession-Proofing A Business

Welcome to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. In today’s installment, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “10 Secret Strategies To Recession-Proof Your Business” from Coupa. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While this whitepaper is geared towards company executives, there are some good nuggets for procurement professionals, though not all…

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Supplier Partnerships Mean You Have To Contribute Too!

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Supplier Partnerships: Your End of the Deal.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In the article, I shared four common supplier goals and how helping your supplier achieve them will result in more cooperation from your supplier towards achieving your goals. I wanted to elaborate further on those…

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Educational Videos For Purchasing Professionals Hit The Web

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I like to post a vlog (video blog) from time to time. Well, all of these educational vlogs plus SPSM® Certification Success Story Videos, the PurchSearch demo, and more are now collected on the newly-launched Purchasing Certification Channel on YouTube. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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The Great Debate About Commodity Price Strategies

I sat in on an interesting presentation on Tuesday when Christopher Stockwell, VP of Procurement at Heinz North America, spoke about Heinz’s supply risk strategies. The portion of Stockwell’s presentation that I found most thought-provoking was his philosophies on handling commodity pricing in a volatile market. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There are two primary…

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