Archive for March, 2010

My Blog Program Ate My Post

Sorry, folks. No blog today. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I had a great one typed up on why strategic procurement initiatives stall. I hit “Publish Post” and it failed. Now my account usually saves as I go. I thought it was doing so. But it wasn’t. And over half of my post is gone.…

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Is Supply Excellence Going To Call It A Day?

If you’ve been watching the blogs in the procurement space, you’ve likely noticed that the once-religious daily posting that had been happening at Supply Excellence had started to slow down noticeably. In fact, last month, Jason Busch at Spend Matters went as far as pondering “And what of Supply Excellence? Is it time to bury Ariba’s final ode to supply…

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ISM Reports Shrinking By Nearly A Third In The Past Two Years

Earlier this month, the Institute for Supply Management released its annual report, which detailed its financial performance over its most recently-concluded fiscal year. The report revealed that: “ISM realized gross revenues of $12,399,099.” This represents a 32% decline from two years ago. “ISM’s personnel budget was reduced by 30 percent over the past year” and ISM sustained a “nearly 20…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – The Importance of Supplier Viability

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Preventing Supply Disruption:Supplier Viability and the Threat to Your Business” from Crowe Horwath and Industry Week. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! For reasons that I cannot yet reveal, I was particularly excited to review…

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For Suppliers, Sourcing Problems Are Like Dating Problems

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Sourcing Problems In A Slow Economy.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! As I thought about the reasons that suppliers are refusing to play the strategic sourcing game, I couldn’t help but think that, to suppliers, sourcing problems are like dating problems.     What do I mean?…

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Four Words To Say That Might Avoid A Supplier Relationship Disaster

Businesses mess up from time to time. Even the good ones. Especially your suppliers. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Supplier screw-ups can really be frustrating for a purchasing professional. And when something goes wrong, you may come close to losing your temper and doing something you’d later regret. I was reminded of this when reading…

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How Could There Possibly Be A Parallel Between Procurement & Celebrity Fashion?

There are a few interesting differences between how a small-to-midsize business handles procurement and how a large business handles procurement. One of them is that large business procurement middle managers tend to be a little more paranoid about selecting small, less expensive suppliers. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There’s a lot of political pressure on…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Spend Analysis vs. ERP

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Spend Analysis –It’s what you don’t know that costs you (Part I)” from Iasta and Purchasing Magazine. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Considering that this whitepaper is 23 pages long and it is…

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The Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying Procurement Services & Technology

When buying procurement services and technology (e.g., sourcing software, consulting services, etc.), it is all too easy to get sucked into the “customization trap.” The customization trap is what happens when you think that there is no other organization in the world that remotely resembles yours and that you need a software built or a service performed in a way…

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You’ll Never Guess Who Has A Sophisticated Supply Chain

I’m a sucker for provocative headlines. So when I saw the headline “Drug gangs taking over US public lands” on Comcast’s Web site today, I just had to check out the article. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While I expected to be shocked with the details of the story, I was a bit surprised that…

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