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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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Are There Shortcuts To Procurement Technology Vendor Selections?

On a recent Next Level Purchasing Association webinar, an attendee asked an interesting question. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! That question went something like this:  “Identifying and evaluating procurement technology vendors is very time consuming. Are there any resources available to try to shortcut the initial investigation process?” My short answer was “yes and no.”…

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Procurement Parable – Is The Most Cooperative Supplier Always The Best Choice?

Because my previous procurement parables – like “Hiring Buyers With Potential,” “A Procurement Certification or MBA?” and “Execute, Da**it, Execute!” were among the most widely read blog posts I’ve created, I’ll share another procurement parable with you today. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The setting for today’s procurement parable is the offices of Hill Office Technology…

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More About Procurement Negotiation Offers

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Art of the Procurement Negotiation Offer.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I wanted to expand a bit on Tip #3 – “Predict the Likelihood of Scaring the Supplier Away.”  For some of you, you may think that it is unrealistic for a supplier to be scared…

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New Financial Services Procurement Case Study Available

The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) has posted another interesting procurement case study on our site.  Today’s case study follows the journey of Erste Group Procurement – a discrete entity established to manage all external spend for all majority owned entities within Erste Group. Erste Group is one of the largest financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe. Like…

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Comparing Online Procurement Training Providers, Part III: Leadership Support

Welcome back to this ongoing series of posts that explores ways that you can evaluate differences between online procurement training providers.  Part I explored training quality while Part II focused on cost.  In this Part III, we’ll take a look at something that I call “leadership support.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While all of…

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Comparing Online Procurement Training Providers, Part I: Quality

In procurement, some categories of goods and services are easy to compare.  What you get from one supplier may not be much different than what you’d get from another supplier.  In those types of categories, your results will be similar, regardless of which product, service or supplier you choose.  You almost can’t lose. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply…

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How Procurement Professionals Can Win Over Reluctant Internal Customers, Part II

Last month, I published Part I of this post.  In Part I, I said that “it takes at least two very important things to convince [reluctant internal customers] to let the procurement department get involved” in their areas of spend:  benefits and proof. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In Part I, I talked about the…

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