Archive for April, 2010

Supplier Diversity KPI’s: A Place To Start

The United States Small Business Administration has recently announced a new scorecard system to evaluate federal government agencies’ performance in terms of adhering to their supplier diversity goals. According to fiercegovernmentit.com, the new system will grade each agency’s small business procurement program as follows: an A+ for agencies that meet or exceed 120 percent of their goals, an A for…

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Next Level Purchasing vs. ISM Financial Health Comparison

In the past two years more than ever, procurement professionals have realized that evaluating the financial condition of the organizations with whom they do business is vitally important. This can apply to whom you choose as your purchasing certification provider as much as it applies to whom you select as your direct materials supplier. Don’t miss updates on Procurement &…

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Why Procurement Should Shine Some Light On Room Service Expenses

In a post last week, I introduced the idea of procurement taking a look at room service as a cost savings opportunity. The idea intrigued Purchasing Magazine editor extraordinaire Dave Hannon to the point where he posted a comment asking others to share whether they’ve attempted to negotiate room service and how effective it has been. Don’t miss updates on…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Reducing Travel Costs

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. This week, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Visibility: Better Insight Leads to Better Cost Control” from Runzheimer International and CFO.com. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Now, I usually don’t review whitepapers from the same source two weeks in a row.…

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Do Procurement Ethics Have To Be Hazy?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Procurement Ethics: Use DRD & Stay Clean.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In my line of work, I often hear things like: “Oh, ethical matters are so difficult to deal with because there is a lack of clarity on what’s right and what’s wrong.” I agree with…

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Does Procurement Have The Appetite To Attack This Hidden Travel Cost?

In another great post on PurchasingBIZconnect, Dave Hannon reveals that NASA recently completed an investigation of some excessive conference expenses made by – be ready to be shocked – their procurement department. The expenses in question involved over $60,000 worth of snacks for 317 procurement employees over a three-day period – an alarming rate of $66 per person per day!…

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Is There Truly Transparency in Government Contracting?

Perhaps a little inspired by my post from last Friday, Jon Hansen of Procurement Insights and the PI Window on Business show on Blog Talk Radio delved into the topic of transparency in government contracting on his show last week. If you have any interest in government contracting or the differences between public and private sector purchasing, I recommend you…

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