Archive for March, 2009

A Real Procurement Controversy…Or Did Someone Have One Too Many?

There has been an uproar in Pennsylvania over the last few days over a government contract. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You see, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB), which operates all of the wine and spirits shops in the state, was seeking to improve its customer service. So it requested bids from consulting firms…

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How To Show Dedication To The Purchasing Profession

With as busy as the purchasing profession is, it can be a real challenge to show your management, your peers, and your internal customers how dedicated you are to the profession and to improving your performance for them. Of course, Next Level Purchasing is all about helping you have a rewarding career, so we have launched a new initiative that…

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Negotiation Influence Starts When???

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How To Influence A Negotiation Early, Part I.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In teaching our online purchasing classes, I often get questions like “How do you negotiate differently in a really tough negotiation situation?” And I often answer with a question like “What makes a negotiation…

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Now That Commodities Prices Have Fallen…

Now that commodities prices have fallen, it is important for sourcing professionals to not forget what happened during the commodities price run-up that lasted up until late last year. As a little reminder, eSourcing Forum published a guest post of mine. Check it out here. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! To Your Career,Charles Dominick, SPSMPresident…

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Economic Recovery: The Speed Depends On Government Procurement Efficiency

Everyone is wondering: When will the recession end? Will the stimulus work? If so, how long will it take? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Though I’ve not seen it discussed, in my mind the #1 factor in determining the speed of economic recovery is government procurement efficiency. What is the value of the stimulus package?…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Travel Procurement

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Convergence of Travel and Procurement” from Procurement.travel and thebeat.travel. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! It has become more and more apparent over the years: leading procurement departments have been expanding their influence over spend…

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Earn Continuing Education Hours At Approved Procurement Conferences

This year, Next Level Purchasing is rolling out a program with procurement conference hosts (e.g., technology providers, service providers, etc.) which will feature the award of Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) that count towards SPSM® recertification. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The first conference host that we’ve approved is Corporate United, a leading group purchasing organization…

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The SPSM Certification Increases It’s Global Lead

As is customary on the first blogging day of the month, I am sharing with you the news of how the SPSM® Certification continues to spread as the world’s most globally recognized procurement certification. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In February, the first SPSM’s from the Philippines and Kenya were certified. This brings the total…

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