All posts in Procurement Topics

Once Again, “The Dinosaur” Copies Off of the NLPA With Mastery Model

You’ve heard this story before… Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) launched the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification in 2004 only to have that crusty, old supply management institution most informed people hate launch a similarly-named certification four years later.  Since that time, they also came to market…

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SourceSuite eProcurement Review

Today’s NLPA Vendor review focuses on SourceSuite, a cloud-based eProcurement solution for organizations in the public sector and private organizations.  They are a part of BidNet, who provides government contract and intelligence. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Some of the key goals of that SourceSuite helps public sector organizations achieve are the elimination of manual…

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Negotiating After Your Supplier Walks Away

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “3 Risky Negotiation Approaches.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! A risky negotiation approach that was not mentioned in the article was to negotiate hard enough to push your supplier to the brink of walking away from the business.  Unfortunately, if you are willing to negotiate that hard…

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Sweet 16 Procurement Tips (Especially #6)

Welcome back!  After a thrilling round of March Madness: 64 Slam Dunk Procurement Tips, we are down to our Sweet 16 procurement tips from our global purchasing experts.  The competition is getting tougher (especially #6), so let’s get started! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Collaborative Procurement 1.  The ideal sourcing situation for an organization happens when…

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March Madness: 64 Slam Dunk Procurement Tips!

Hot on the heels of March Madness, we polled expert procurement professionals from around the globe as to the best slam dunk purchasing advice they can offer.  Over the next several weeks, we will feature 64 procurement tips including the “Sweet 16” and “Final 4” where we declare our National Champion of purchasing advice!  Let’s tip off: Don’t miss updates…

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Why 2015 Could Be The Year for Marketing and Procurement Team-Ups

Our guest contributor today is Brian Seipel, a marketing project analyst for Source One. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Back in 2013, blogger and lead analyst for Spend Matters, Thomas Kase, asked the question “Is Procurement Cool Enough to Touch Hot Marketing Spend?” Kase took a cautiously optimistic view on the question, noting that marketing spend was…

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Procurement Performance vs. Company Performance

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “Putting Procurement Performance Into Context.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! When it comes to procurement performance metrics, procurement professionals often over-complicate things.  If that helps home in on areas for performance improvement, fine. But communicating procurement performance to senior executives requires simplification.  Let me rephrase that.  Communicating…

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The Future Direction of Procurement & Supply Chain Management

The saying goes: “The only constant is change.” Nowhere is that statement truer than in procurement and supply chain management. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Procurement and supply chain are fields that have changed tremendously throughout the years. They are much more multi-faceted disciplines than they were even just a few years ago. If you’re…

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Advantages of a Procurement Hub in the Education Sector

Our guest blog post,  Advantages of a Procurement Hub in the Education Sector, comes from Abhinav Parameshwaran, a Solutions Consultant for Zycus Inc. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Procurement teams are gaining a seat at the strategic table of every organization, primarily because of their ability to provide great value in terms of supporting the…

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Put Your Best Scorecarding Foot Forward

Today’s guest post is by Ken Ballard, supply chain project analyst at Source One Management, Inc. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! How often do we say a failed sourcing project “looked good on paper” right up until major issues started cropping up? Only looking good on paper is an often-cited attribute of problematic initiatives – someone…

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