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NLPA Now Part of CertiTrek Group

The following is an announcement from the new president of Next Level Purchasing, LLC, Vivek Shally. Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) is the world’s largest membership association for purchasing professional having over 280,000 members in over 100 countries. NLPA is now a part of the CertiTrek Group portfolio of certifications. CertiTrek raises the bar to set new standards for a certification…

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Supplier Onboarding Process Using New Sample Matrix

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Vendor Onboarding Process, Simplified.” In discussing the supplier onboarding process in the article, I suggested that you identify a limited number of categories of suppliers, each with their own documentation requirements.  I also directed you to this post to learn about a six-step process for determining your categories.  Well, here is that…

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Contract Termination Letter Sample is Latest Tool Added to NLPA Library

Here at the Next Level Purchasing Association, we continue to pile on the value for those who enroll in the SPSM Certification Program and maintain their SPSM’s. We have just added a Contract Termination Letter Sample to the NLPA Library.  If you ever have a supplier relationship that doesn’t work out so well and don’t know what to say when…

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Congratulations to Kara on 10 Years With The NLPA!

Many of you who have called in to the Next Level Purchasing Association offices seeking enrollment help have spoken with our Business Development Manager, Kara.  Last month, I was delighted to present Kara with an award for a whopping 10 years of service at the NLPA! Kara started as a part-timer at the NLPA in 2006.  She was handling things…

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Where Can You Get 150 Hours of Procurement Training Online?

Where can you get 150 hours of procurement training online, you ask? From the Next Level Purchasing Association! Today, we announced the release of our latest online Express Course, “Next Generation Procurement Talent Management.”  With this launch, we now offer 150 hours worth of self-paced online procurement courses! “Next Generation Procurement Talent Management” helps leaders master the three key tenets…

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New Online Course Reflects Strategic Emergence of Supplier Diversity

The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) today announced the release of a new online training course that reflects the new, strategic role supplier diversity has begun to play in leading organizations. “Strategic Supplier Diversity Best Practices” teaches forward-thinking procurement professionals and leaders various techniques and processes that will positively contribute to an organization’s branding, competitive advantage, and assurance of supply.…

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Announcing “Supply Market Intelligence 101!”

Are you tired of being blindsided by rising prices, tightening supplier capacity, or other unpleasant procurement surprises? Supply market intelligence is what leading organizations use to identify opportunities, mitigate risks, and stay ahead of the competition. And now, the Next Level Purchasing Association can help you get supply market intelligence practices up and running in your organization.  Yesterday, we introduced…

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Digging Yourself A Negotiation Hole Right From The Get-Go?

If you’re a sports fan like me, you hate when your favorite team gets scored against in the opening minutes of a game. It makes it feel like “game over” right away.  It’s hard to play catch up.  And sometimes, it feels like the team just “mails it in” because the outcome is already determined. It’s very similar to negotiation.…

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The Most Helpful Data & Analysis on Procurement Salaries, Anywhere, Ever

Earlier this week, the Next Level Purchasing Association launched its fifth annual report on compensation in the procurement profession:  “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2015.” The NLPA aims to provide more data and analysis each year that the report is issued.  And this year is no exception.  Not only will you see how much purchasing and supply management salaries…

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Want To Transform Procurement? Build A Case!

You:  “Hi, boss.  I want to transform my procurement department.” CEO:  “Go right ahead!” You:  “But I’ll need some budget to upgrade people, processes, and technology.” CEO:  “You can have whatever money you want.” You:  “I’ll also need the cooperation of other departments.” CEO:  “I’ll tell all department heads to drop whatever they are doing to support you.” You:  “Don’t…

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