Reading the sector’s blogs like Spend Matters, Sourcing Innovation, Supply Excellence, and the eSourcing Forum are part of my everyday activities. However, beyond those, I’ve been pretty disappointed with the quality of new purchasing blogs that have popped up over the past year.
Sometimes I have to chuckle that some of the newer bloggers think that CPO’s are actually out there taking their advice even though these bloggers haven’t spent as much as one day of their lives as a buyer, let alone a CPO, director, manager, or even supervisor of purchasing. So hearing about a new purchasing blog makes me yawn. And the quality has more often than not left a lot to be desired. I usually don’t even check out new purchasing blogs anymore.
But I actually was excited when fellow Pittsburgher Robert Rudzki – author of several highly-respected purchasing books – told me about his new blog “Transformation Leadership” on Supply Chain Management Review’s Web site. Mr. Rudzki brings a lot of real-world expertise to his blog, as he is the former CPO of Bayer Corp. as well as a former purchasing executive at Bethlehem Steel.
Building an audience and sustaining momentum is difficult. In the past year, we’ve seen Purchase Realm drop off the face of the planet, Procurement Central become Business & Technology Nexus, and Supply Excellence cut its pace of posting by about half. But if Rudzki can kick out the content, not get bored, and see some ROI from his blog (which few bloggers actually do), Transformation Leadership could become the best purchasing blog out there.
Time will tell.
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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