Archive for 2016

Newly Updated: The Executive’s Guide To The SPSM Certification

Are you a procurement leader who wonders if you should pursue a certification for your team? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of having your procurement team earn the SPSM Certification.  Maybe you’ve even researched the advantages of the SPSM vs other certifications. Do you just need that little extra…

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Options For Staying Certified As An SPSM

To keep a certification like the SPSM as prestigious as it is, the holders of that certification must be recognized as those who are at the top of their field and well-versed in the most current of best practices.  That’s why your original SPSM Certification has an expiration date and provides for a way to maintain your certification indefinitely. Don’t…

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The Benefits of the SPSM Certification in Bullet Points

Between our website, the press coverage we receive, questions procurement professionals ask us, and more, all of us here at the NLPA tend to go on and on about the benefits of the SPSM Certification.  We’re just that passionate about how the SPSM helps procurement departments and procurement professionals! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Well,…

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Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part III

Welcome to the third and final installment in our series that unapologetically lambastes buyers for making lame excuses for not having a procurement certification. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In Part I, I discussed how claims of not having time don’t hold up under scrutiny.  In Part II, I shared how to overcome the “I…

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Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part II

In Part I of this series, we explored the first of the lame excuses why buyers lack certification:  the good-old “I don’t have time” excuse.  In this Part, we’ll look at another excuse: “I don’t have the money.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Enrollment in the SPSM Certification Program costs $1,149. That’s more of an…

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Purchasing & Accounts Payable: How Separate Should They Be?

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “How Procurement Can Be Sabotaged By A/P.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! One of the circumstances that contribute to the problems described in the article is that the procurement and accounts payable departments are separate departments with their own managers and independent goals.  The departments are intentionally…

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Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part I

Among other things, a procurement certification proves that you are serious about your profession.  So, naturally, a common interview question for a buyer position is:  “Why don’t you have a certification?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There are three lame excuses that we’ve heard. Please, if you want to call yourself a buying professional, do…

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Telecom Contracting 101

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Whether you’re purchasing new telecom services or simply renewing existing services, there are countless contact intricacies you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line. Believe it or not, typical telecom contracts are actually written in the…

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SPSM Certification Eligibility

Because of how some other certifications in supply chain and other fields work, some people assume that they are not eligible to earn any procurement certification. But I want to dispel that assumption very clearly right here, right now. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There are no educational or experience prerequisites for earning the SPSM…

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Direct Procurement Examples

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Direct Procurement: Different Types Defined.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In the article, I contrasted “market-driven direct procurement” with “cost-driven direct procurement.”  Allow me to give examples of each. Let’s take the example of a bottle of ketchup.  A bottle of ketchup lists eight ingredients. Each of…

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