Archive for 2009

Can You Earn A Purchasing Certification Without A Bachelor’s Degree?

We have been getting a number of inquiries of late where purchasing professionals will say something similar to this: “Someone told me that I can’t get a purchasing certification without a bachelors degree.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! That is simply not true. Purchasing professionals without bachelors degrees – who represent approximately 30% of all…

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Should Obama Encourage “Fuel-Conscious Sourcing?”

As President Obama gets through his first week in his new job, his focus is clearly on defibrillating the economy and addressing other national security issues. But during his campaign, as gas prices were more than double what they are now, energy independence was a major concern of his. I suspect that we haven’t heard the end of his energy…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Purchasing Careers & Skills

Welcome to this week’s installment of Whitepaper Wednesday on the Purchasing Certification Blog. In this installment, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “The 2009 Purchasing & Supply Management Career & Skills Report” from Next Level Purchasing. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper shares statistics collected from a very recent survey of over 1,900 purchasing…

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Will Obama’s Inauguration Change Supplier Diversity?

I’m excited. Today, Barack Obama becomes the new president of the United States of America at a time when we need leadership out of many challenging situations. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! One of the often discussed topics about today’s long anticipated inauguration is the fact that Obama will be the first African-American president. In…

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Peanut Butter, Salmonella & Global Sourcing Implications

A few days ago, US Federal health officials issued a warning for people to avoid eating foods containing peanut butter in the wake of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 500 people and killed a half dozen. The source of the salmonella contamination? A “relatively small supplier” based in Georgia. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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Cost Savings vs. Keeping A Supplier In Business

For those of you who need one, a bad economy is a great excuse to beginning procurement negotiations with your suppliers. But a bad economy also means that some financially weaker suppliers may be on the brink of going out of business. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So do you negotiate with these suppliers to…

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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!