I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Next Purchasing Crisis & Contingency Plans.”

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To be blunt, this wasn’t one of my favorite purchasing articles to write. To think of the potential impact of pandemic influenza is not pleasant.

I don’t know how prepared they will be for the real deal, but state and local governments and health care providers are talking a good game. They seem to want to be ahead of the curve with their contingency planning.

I really hope that my procurement brethren are prepared as well. Contingency planning is not as fun as, say, developing a sourcing strategy. Contingency planning is easy to put aside for addressing more urgent matters. But contingency planning gotta be done – especially with this particular threat.

To this day, suppliers are still talking about being affected by Hurricane Katrina. And pandemic influenza seems to be much worse in its potential threat.

But we have more time to prepare. Will you use that time for contingency planning?

Or will you take your chances?

Charles Dominick, SPSM
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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