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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. 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 manufacturer’s ketchup bottles.  And, the supplier claims that the design…

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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. And, it got me thinking – as we do…

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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. 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 Plan: Strategies and Techniques for Supply Management Professionals.  I’ll adapt…

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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. 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 an apparent “production line shutdown” on death row, state governments…

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Supplier Failure

Have you ever had a supplier failure cause frustrations for your organization’s customers? 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 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the State of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)…

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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! To Your Career Success, Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2 President & Chief Procurement Officer – Next Level Purchasing Association Author –…

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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. The article notes that purchases can be made without competitive bidding, but only when the Bids and Awards Committee writes a resolution justifying and recommending an…

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