Archive for 2009

As Hiring Resumes, How Important Is A Purchasing Certification?

I am penning an article for a major trade publication about purchasing certification in the context of today’s economy. I’ve done some research and found a very interesting statistic. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In a random search of over 100 purchasing manager jobs on monster.com, I found that 20% of jobs either require or…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Are European CPO Priorities Different?

Welcome to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “European CPOs: Capitalizing on the Best Opportunities” from Aberdeen and Ariba. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Now, one thing I want to get out of the way right away is that, in my opinion,…

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ISM Allowing Salespeople To Join: What’s Your Vote?

The worst recession in decades. Professionals networking on sites like LinkedIn rather than in person. New, strong competition in the education market. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! These are tough times for traditional professional associations. Desperate times are calling for desperate measures. This sentiment has never been more evident than it was when the remaining…

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One Difference Between A Procurement Manager & A Procurement Leader

Last week, I was asked to be a guest of the local chamber of commerce at their board of directors retreat. While there, I experienced something that reminded me of a common situation faced by procurement managers (or, really, any middle manager). Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This chamber’s board of directors has several different…

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My Votes For The Best Procurement Blogs

I recently learned about an awards program called the “Edublog Awards,” which recognizes the most popular blogs in several education-related categories. To nominate blogs for this award requires the nominator to actually blog their nominations. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So, here are my (100% procurement-related) nominations in the various categories… Best individual blog: Leadership…

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Whitepaper Wednesday: Lean Supply Chain

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Driving Lean through Your Supply Chain: The cultivation of a more efficient supplier network” from Intek Plastics. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! First off, I have to say that I really appreciate the…

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Sole Source Situations: Prevention Is Just As Important As Negotiation

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the article “Sole Source Situations: Eradicate Them!” One of the things that seems to attract purchasing professionals to our online class, “Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying,” is the fact that we teach techniques for negotiating in sole source situations. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! And knowing how to negotiate in…

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Holiday Weeks: A Great Time For Procurement To Step Up Its Game

We have had a very busy week here at Next Level Purchasing despite – or, maybe, because of – it being a holiday week. We have had a high number of enrollments in our online purchasing training classes this week. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! And that got me thinking…holiday weeks are usually a little…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Energy Buying

Welcome to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “However You Slice It, Buying Energy Is Unique” from Summit Energy and Purchasing Magazine. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The simple premise of this whitepaper is to demonstrate that energy is a commodity unlike others…

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Does Certification Matter In Purchasing Salaries?

Every year, Purchasing Magazine conducts its widely-watched purchasing salary survey. This year’s results aren’t available yet, but editor Susan Avery gave everyone a sneak preview of the results in a post on their social networking site, PurchasingBizConnect. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In this post, Susan reveals that the three certifications included on the survey…

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