All posts in Procurement

Pokémon Go Lessons for Procurement – Seriously!

You simply can’t escape it – Pokémon Go is a giant phenomenon! First, let me be upfront with you.  I have not played the game and I really don’t know much about Pokémon other than Pikachu.  That being said I, like most of you, have been surrounded by those playing it just about everywhere I go. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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Procurement for Cruise Ships

Last week, my wife and I had the opportunity to take our first cruise.  The cruise was 5 days and had 3,000 passengers and approximately 1,000 crew members. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The cruise got me thinking about what it takes to feed everyone on board among other things.  Usually, we think of shipping…

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34 Procurement Experts Predict 2015 Trends

The saying goes: “The only constant is change.” Nowhere is that statement truer than in procurement! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you’re a procurement professional and you haven’t adapted to new ways of carrying out your work, the world is passing you by. But it’s not enough to try to get to where procurement…

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Application of Modern Operational Concepts in Procurement: A Comment on Procure-to-Pay Systems

Our guest blog post today comes from Abhinav Parameshwaran, a Solutions Consultant for Zycus Inc. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Procurement is as ancient as trade and has evolved at a startling pace from a mere “Sourcing” Practice to an actual science, with cost and time-saving implications. The advent of ERP and ERP 2.0 systems…

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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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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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How to Supercharge Your Procurement Resume: 3 Quick Tips from a Procurement Recruiter

This guest blog post comes from Argentus Talent Acquisition, a specialized recruitment agency in the areas of Procurement, Supply Chain, Logistics, Distribution, Operations and Planning.   As a recruitment firm that specializes in Procurement, a big part of what we do at Argentus is helping candidates craft effective resumes that brand themselves as strategic, skilled professionals. Over the years, we’ve…

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More Advice About Taking Procurement Certification Advice

In my March 21, 2014 blog post, I wrote about the state of confusion that many procurement professionals find themselves in when they ask others for advice about which procurement certification they should pursue.  I essentially said that each procurement professional should not wholly rely on the advice of others, but to also utilize their own personal observations. Don’t miss…

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50 Quick Procurement Tips

Do you sometimes forget even the simplest procurement best practices?  Here are 50 quick procurement tips to refresh your memory! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!  Your supplier’s first impression of you impacts how much you will be able to persuade that supplier in a negotiation.  Require suppliers to complete and return a Notice of Intent…

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The Most Common, Stupid, and AVOIDABLE Excuse For Procurement Ethics Violations

Cheswick, Pennsylvania is a small town.  For most purposes, it’s pretty much irrelevant. But, for this story, it is very relevant. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Why? Because there are probably just over a bajillion small towns just like Cheswick in the USA.  And, right now, procurement ethics violations could be happening in each and…

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