Archive for April, 2011

The Economy: An Accelerating Pattern of Bursting Bubbles?

Will you promise me you won’t click on any of the following links until I tell you it’s OK? Great. Thanks. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Check out these headlines: “Gas pushing $4-gallon” “Rising food prices: Cause for concern” “High commodity prices are hard to swallow” These were from articles published this month right? Wrong.…

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If Procurement Doesn’t Teach Ethics To IT People, Who Will?

This post could apply to any department in any organization. I’m going to pick on IT because IT people at all levels have vendor interaction. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Let’s say an IT person is offered an item of nominal value from a vendor – a logoed laptop bag, for example. Or is invited…

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Automotive Resources International Becomes Newest Sponsor of the Purchasing Certification Blog

I am delighted to announce that Automotive Resources International (ARI) has become the newest sponsor of the Purchasing Certification Blog. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you’re unfamiliar with ARI, they are a major player in the fleet management services industry. And, over the past 10 years, fleet management has become an important new addition…

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When A Manager Joins A Negotiation…

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Join A Negotiation With Caution.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In the article, I gave managers three things to think about before joining a negotiation. I wanted to expand a bit on the first one: “Learn the obstacles to agreement from your team first.” It is a…

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Announcing A Purchasing Association That’s New, Exciting, & FREE

With this 1,000th post on the Purchasing Certification Blog, I am delighted to share with you news that will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of purchasing professionals from throughout the world. Today, Next Level Purchasing has announced the launch of the Next Level Purchasing Association. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Archaic and self-serving…

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Are Suppliers Undeterred By Ethics Policies?

  Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Earlier this week, a friend of mine who works in a non-procurement department of a mid-sized company shared that he received tickets to a cultural event courtesy of one of his employer’s vendors. I joked that I really needed to speak with his company’s head of procurement about implementing…

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