All posts by Greg Uhrlen

Government Corruption and a Procurement Ethics Refresher

According to an article in the December 15th, 2014 Washington Times, the new senior procurement official at the United States Treasury Department saw to it that approximately $15 million dollars in contracts dating back to 2009 were awarded to friends while she worked at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The findings come from a report made public…

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Oil Prices are Declining, Time to Call your Suppliers to Negotiate

The declining price of oil (just under $60 a barrel as of today) has been a hot topic recently and a wide range of analysts are coming out of the woodwork with prognostications on where the price is headed and for how long. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While all these so-called “experts” offer their…

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Procurement Disaster Recovery Plans

Does your business have a detailed, procurement disaster recovery plan in place in case of a serious emergency? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Years ago, an organization I previously worked for had a maverick spending employee I will call “Bob”. Oddly, Bob somehow controlled certain purse strings that did not fall under his department.  Even…

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Perfect Commerce Offers a Simple Solution to eProcurement

eProcurement software provider Perfect Commerce utilizes the tag line, make the purchasing process simpler and cheaper in describing their service offerings.  Recently, I had the opportunity to view a demo of the Perfect Commerce system and found it to live up to the description of being simple to use. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Up…

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SourceDogg Takes a Bite Out of eProcurement Marketplace

Ambitious and aggressive are certainly words that can be used to a new player in the eProcurement market in the United States.  Founded in 2009 and based out of Galway, Ireland, SourceDogg is an ISO9001 certified provider of eProcurement software solutions aimed typically at small to mid-sized businesses.  Thanks to strong sales and funding from Nucleus VP Group, SourceDogg has…

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Are You Making This Expensive Procurement Mistake?

Several years ago, I actually looked at one of our homeowner’s insurance bills and found our provider increased our rates significantly beyond our initial rate.  So, I went out and found better coverage and a much better rate with an alternate provider. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Then, the other day, my new homeowner’s insurance…

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What is the Best Procurement Software System?

Recently, the Next Level Purchasing Association has been reviewing some of the available procurement software systems in the market.  This has really been due to the fact that we have read and heard (loudly, I might add!) numerous questions from our students and their executive leaders concerning, “what is the best procurement software system you have ever seen?” Don’t miss…

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Directworks – Manufacturing a Powerful Sourcing Tool

More often than not, one-size-fits-all business-type solutions are often a poor fit in one area or another for many businesses.  Specific nuances of their industry are often overlooked leading users  to becoming “creative” in ways they shouldn’t be in order to make these solutions work for their specific needs.  However, in the manufacturing sourcing arena, one solutions provider is doing…

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A Bellwether of Change for Procurement Departments

Are you one of those unfortunate procurement professionals who spend the end of every month putting on your detective coat and becoming a sleuth in a never ending quest to find paper spreadsheets and those who created these monstrous disasters?  If you work for a small to mid-sized organization and are tired of chasing after people every month for their…

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Why All the Buzz Around Coupa Software?

<divDon’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!>In the 3/20/2014 Wall Street Journal blog, it was reported Coupa Software raised $40 million (US) dollars in venture capital in less than 48 hours according to their CEO Rob Bernshteyn.  Perhaps it is because, according to Mr. Bernshteyn, “Coupa has been beating SAP AG”.  Now that is a pretty big…

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