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Net Neutrality & Vendor Selection Criteria

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Net neutrality has been a prominent topic in the telecom industry since the early 2000’s and is simply the principle that telecom providers must treat all transmitted data equally and cannot discriminate based on user, content, application or other qualifier. This restricts providers from being able to throttle a user’s speeds…

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RFP Specifications Spark Lawsuit: Breach of Contract or Supplier Sour Grapes (er, Tomatoes)?

Last week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a leading food manufacturer was being sued by one of its packaging suppliers. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The lawsuit was sparked by the specifications used in an RFP issued by the food manufacturer.  Specifically, the RFP was requesting bids for the snap tops used on the food…

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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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Remembering Jack Pawlik – A Procurement Leader Who Impacted My Career

Earlier this week, I received news that my second procurement boss ever, Mr. Jack Pawlik, had passed away at the young age of 65. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Jack had a profoundly positive influence on my procurement career.  I even shared a story about one of our interactions in my book, The Procurement Game…

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Is The Most Insane Place To Be A Procurement Manager About To Finally Get Better?

Back in 2007 on the NLPA Blog, I covered the early stages of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe and tied it into corporate procurement.  I noted that a Zimbabwean purchasing manager shared with me that quotes would include language like “Quote is valid for now only” because sometimes prices double or triple overnight!  I also documented that, at the time, the exchange…

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Can’t Get Timely Delivery, Get A Gun?

Has a supply shortage ever made you feel like shooting someone? Well, a certain supply shortage has Utah lawmakers ready to load the state’s rifles. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You see, as I originally reported back in 2011, there has been a persistent shortage of the chemicals used in lethal injections.  So, because of…

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Supplier Failure

Have you ever had a supplier failure cause frustrations for your organization’s customers? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you were to have a similar supplier failure, are you contractually guaranteed that your suppliers would bear the cost of fixing this type of problem and fix it quickly? According to a recent article in the…

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What’s Hot, Hyped and Next in Procurement?

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for a “partnercast” of Source One Management Services, one of the powerhouse consulting firms in the procurement space.  In this episode, we discuss emerging trends in procurement and more.  Check it out! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! To Your Career Success, Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2 President &…

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Philippine Government Procurement Violation Reveals Something Shocking

According to an article in the Philippine Star, auditors have found that the Philippine government’s Office of the Omsbudsman has violated procurement law.  Apparently the office purchased some IT equipment without conducting competitive bidding. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The article notes that purchases can be made without competitive bidding, but only when the Bids…

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