Archive for January, 2009

Scholarship Honors Memory of Procurement Guru Justin Falgione

As I posted with a heavy heart several weeks back, my cousin and fellow procurement enthusiast Justin Falgione of Ariba passed away in October. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! A couple of his friends are trying to establish a scholarship fund in his memory. I know that many readers of this blog had come to…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – What Influences Buyers?

Welcome back to another weekly installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’m going to focus on a topic that is actually discussed in two separate, unrelated whitepapers – the factors that influence buyers. Those whitepapers are: “Research Excerpt: How Clients Buy: 2009 Benchmark Report” from RainToday “Marketing To A B2B Technical Buyer” from Enquiro…

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The Wrong Cost Savings Goal Can Set Purchasing Back 20 Years!

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Wrong Cost Savings Goal.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! As purchasing departments announce their annual goals at this time of year, I often watch with concern. Often purchasing departments are measured (or measure themselves) only on one factor: cost savings (more specifically, price reduction). In the…

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Avoiding The Procurement Pink Slip

If you’re lucky enough to still have your procurement job in this economic environment, any decent advice for maintaining the status quo is worth considering. If you agree, check out my guest post entitled “Avoiding The Procurement Pink Slip” on eSourcing Forum. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!

Spend Matters vs. Sourcing Innovation: The Procurement Blog Cage Match

Over the past 20 hours, two of the top procurement bloggers have had a written battle online on the Sourcing Innovation blog. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In a post yesterday seemingly designed to promote blogger relations among the provider community, Michael Lamoureux (a.k.a. the doctor) wrote the following excerpt explaining why he feels contacting…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – How The Economic Downturn Helps Procurement

Welcome to the first Whitepaper Wednesday of 2009! We’re going to start off the year with a review of a whitepaper entitled “Called to the front: Driving procurement success by leveraging the economic downturn” from Efficio and Procurement Leaders magazine. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper is based on the results of a survey…

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Post-Recessionary Times: When Procurement Ethics Get Questioned

Procurement ethics is a concern regardless of the economic climate. However, ethical issues do seem to come up more often when the pendulum swings from good economic times to bad and back. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! From when I was a newbie in the airline industry, I have countless war stories of suppliers coming…

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C.P.M. Certification “Dead”-line Passes

While the SPSM® Certification continues to grow rapidly on a global basis, a competing certification has begun its march to the grave. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! December 31, 2008 was the final day for individuals to register for the C.P.M. certification exams. This means that if you were hoping to earn the C.P.M. certification…

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SPSM Certification Earned In 3 New Countries Last Month

Happy New Year! 2009 will be an exciting year in the purchasing certification field and procurement in general! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! As I do on the first blogging day of each month, I will now share the countries who have seen their first SPSM’s certified in the previous month. Despite the holiday season,…

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