Archive for 2009

When Job Hunting, It’s The Little Things That Kill You, Part II

Earlier this month, I posted Part I of this series in which I indicated that a common reason job applicants don’t get to the next step of the hiring process is that they fail to write well in their communication with the employer. Today, I’ll point out that another reason that job applicants fall short is that they fail to…

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The Costco/Coca-Cola Standoff: The Risk For Costco

Yesterday, I reported that Costco is playing hardball with Coca-Cola Co. in its latest price negotiations, cutting off its orders for Coke products and publicizing the fact that Coca-Cola isn’t as flexible with pricing as Costco feels its members deserve. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I brought this topic up in an executive breakfast I…

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Costco Uses Hardball Negotiation Tactics With Coca-Cola

Retailing giant Costco has cut off inbound shipments of beverages from the Coca-Cola Co. due to unresolved price negotiations. While negotiations between retailers and their suppliers are very common, it is rare that a retailer will stop ordering a certain product line in the name of negotiation. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! It’s a bold…

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Ethically Negotiating With Multiple Suppliers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the latest PurchTips article “Ethical Negotiation With Multiple Suppliers.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This particular purchasing article is actually the first PurchTips that was based on a post on this blog. I handle so many questions about negotiating with suppliers other than the low bidder that I felt it necessary…

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A Tip For Buyers In The Trenches

Sometimes, us bloggers get so focused on strategic purchasing topics that we underserve buyers in the trenches – those men and women who work hard at ensuring that every critical delivery is on time no matter what crazy circumstances pop up. When I reflect on this work that buyers in the trenches do – the work that I did early…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Advanced Sourcing Technology

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Advanced Sourcing: Achieving the Next Level of Savings and Efficiency in Your Supply Chain” from Supply & Demand Chain Executive and CombineNet. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper starts out by contrasting three…

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When Job Hunting, It’s The Little Things That Kill You, Part I

Since we’ve started posting our new Director of Education job around the Internet, we’ve gotten contacted by many interested candidates. Some impressive, some not so impressive. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In sifting through all of the responses, I’m noticing some patterns of how some applicants “shoot themselves in the foot” with their first communication.…

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Seeking Purchasing Expert For Director of Education Position

Here at Next Level Purchasing, we are planning for another huge year of growth in 2010. Part of accomplishing this growth will be creating more and more educational content for purchasing professionals. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! To support this expansion of content, we are recruiting for our newly created Director of Education position. Here…

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Procurement Professionals Put In Charge Of The Warehouse May Be In For A Sobering Experience

As the value of procurement work becomes more apparent to senior management, it is not uncommon for procurement professionals to be responsible for more aspects of the supply chain, including managing warehouse operations. Though it is wonderful to be entrusted with expanded responsibilities, certain things may happen in the warehouse that are beyond the typical procurement professional’s wildest dreams (or…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Vetting Vendors

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Vetting Vendors From a Procurement and Vendor Management Perspective” from Gartner and CFO.com. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper focuses almost exclusively on the sources of information a procurement professional can use…

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