Archive for 2009

Whitepaper Wednesday – Critical Supply Chain Issues

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper called “Critical Issues and Initiatives Facing Supply Chain Professionals” from Sourcing Interest Group and available through Supply Chain Management Review. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper reveals supply chain professionals’ opinions on various topics…

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A Tip For Giving Presentations To Management

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How Purchasing Wins Favor In The C-Suite.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While the article itself covered the most important topics regarding communicating with senior management, I wanted to add one other tidbit here on this blog. I learned this concept after I, as a Purchasing Representative…

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The Most Underrated Purchasing Skill

Each year, Next Level Purchasing conducts research on what thousands of purchasing professionals consider to be the most important purchasing skill and compiles the results in our annual Purchasing & Supply Management Career & Skills Report. Year after year, negotiation and communication duke it out for the top spot. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! But…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Minimizing Rogue Buying

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. In today’s installment, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “An Improved Spend Management Strategy: Shifting Procurement’s Paradigm of Rogue Buying” from WisdomNet. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Rogue buying is a problem for many organizations. So I felt that this was…

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Follow Next Level Purchasing on Twitter

Though we’ve been on Twitter for a while now, I just realized that I had never mentioned that here. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you already know what Twitter is about, check us out at http://www.twitter.com/nextlevelpurch If you don’t know about Twitter, I recommend reading the Wikipedia entry for Twitter and Chris Brogan’s 50…

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Who Wants To Be A CPO?

Supply Excellence has put together an exciting – and FREE – program in Chicago this month called “Seven Habits of Highly Effective CPO’s.” And I’m very flattered that they asked me to participate as a speaker. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Here’s an excerpt from their invitation: “Seven Habits of Highly Effective CPOs” Seminar Presented…

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Is An Onshoring Trend About To Break?

With millions of jobs in the USA lost in 2008 and things looking bleak so far in 2009 – 71,400 jobs were lost on Monday alone – one wonders what the US workforce of the immediate future will look like. With tons of people out of work and available jobs scarce, some experts predict that people are going to have…

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Super Bowl XLIII: The Purchasing & Supply Management Connection

This Sunday is the big day: Super Bowl XLIII! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! And there’s a purchasing and supply management connection. The Super Bowl will pit the Steelers against the Cardinals. The Steelers are from Pittsburgh. The Cardinals are from Arizona. Next Level Purchasing is based in Pittsburgh. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Procurement Process Centralization & Standardization

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Enterprise Source-to-Settle Transformation” from MarketSphere Consulting, LLC. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper is more of a case study than a true whitepaper, as it describes MarketSphere’s success in transforming the procurement process…

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Purchasing & Accounts Payable: Unfulfilled Potential For Collaboration

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How Purchasing Should Work With A/P.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you are not convinced that improving Purchasing’s synergy with Accounts Payable should be a priority, consider the following scenarios: You’ve worked to negotiate an early payment discount from your supplier. As a result, you’ve included…

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