Archive for 2013

How Much Global Supplier Auditing Is Enough?

Another day, another global sourcing controversy. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today’s controversy has stemmed from China Labor Watch’s new report about a Chinese supplier of Apple, Pegatron.  This report summarized an investigation in which China Labor Watch found working conditions at Pegatron and its subsidiaries to be far worse than those found by Apple’s own…

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How Buyers Should Prepare For Executive Meetings

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part I.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Much of what I teach, I’ve learned the hard way.  Such is the case with some of the tips in the above-linked article and the articles that will follow it.  Here’s a little story……

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Free Procurement & Cloud Computing Webinar Next Wednesday!

Organizations are investing heavily in cloud computing today.  Every day, more and more evidence points to the importance of cloud computing to global growth. One recent study found that public and private IT cloud services will produce nearly 14 million jobs worldwide by 2015 — and more than half of those jobs will come from small and medium-sized businesses. The…

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The State of IT Purchasing – Free Research Report!

I recently had the opportunity to support the development of a valuable piece of research conducted by the leading eProcurement provider, ePlus.  Their research was concisely and expertly encapsulated in a report entitled “The State of IT Purchasing:   IT Spend Survey Results & Best Practices for IT Spend Management.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This report, while…

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Sourcing Innovation Reviews Procurement KPI Course Series

In one of the more comprehensive reviews ever published about procurement training, Sourcing Innovation (SI) – one of the leading procurement-related sites for going on a decade – recently published a multi-part review of the “Procurement KPI’s & Business Acumen” online course series from the Next Level Purchasing Association.  In the review, SI editor Dr. Michael Lamoureux wrote: Don’t miss…

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How Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Could Affect Procurement Work

On June 26 of this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, is unconstitutional,” according to ABC News.  Since then, there has been much legislative activity in state and local governments to provide various measures of equality to same-sex couples. Don’t miss updates on…

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New Express Course Series Launched: Procurement KPI’s & Business Acumen

Most procurement departments desire to raise their prominence in their organizations, yet few of them truly succeed.  In many organizations, senior executives continue to perceive the procurement department as an administrative function rather than as a driver of business innovation, increased profitability, and continuous improvement. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Today, the Next Level Purchasing…

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Who Is Accountable For Indiscretions In Your Supply Chain?

Who would be held accountable if: Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You purchased goods from a supplier who, unbeknownst to you, purchased those goods illegally from a supplier in another country? A supplier of yours was caught using child or slave labor even though you found no evidence when you personally visited and audited that supplier?…

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Alternatives to Your RFP Requirements: Measure The Results of This Technique!

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “RFP Requirements For Strategic Purchases.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! One of the things that I suggested in the article was to require suppliers to bid in total conformance with the RFP requirements, but to also give them the opportunity to submit cost savings and value creating…

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Webinar This Wednesday! NLPA Conference Preview: Negotiation, Vendor Relationships, Challenges, More!

The first annual NLPA Conference is fast approaching!  The NLPA Conference, with its “Make Procurement Rock!” theme, is sure to be a valuable, educational and entertaining procurement conference like no other! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This “NLPA Conference Preview” webinar will feature a selection of speakers from the conference who will provide brief and…

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