Archive for March, 2018

Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries, Bonuses Hit Record Highs!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing one of my all-time favorite NLPA activities:  presenting the annual Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries webinar! I always put my heart and soul into discovering new characteristics that influence purchasing and supply management salaries.  And I always get charged up when I get to reveal good news in the profession.  Such was the…

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Trump’s Tariffs Hit Metals, Then China. Could The Service Industry Be Next?

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% tariffs on aluminum imports.  According to Yahoo! Finance, he plans to “impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports.” With Trump, one gets the sense that, if he gets on a roll, he’s going to stay on a roll.  So, what’s next? An article…

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Will The “Inclusion Rider” Become A Common Procurement Thing?

After winning the Oscar award for best actress earlier this month, Frances McDormand ended her acceptance speech by saying “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” This set off a frenzy of Google searches to find out exactly what an “inclusion rider” is.  As NPR put it, an inclusion rider is “a stipulation that…

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Advanced Procurement Is Tough. Are You?

When the NLPA launched the SPSM-BOK Mastery Model in 2014, one of the important principles we wanted to convey is that some procurement competencies are more advanced than others and that there should be a path to mastering those competencies in an optimal order. So, we recommend starting one’s procurement education path with the online course “Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals.”  It covers…

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