I hope that you have enjoyed the article “6 Early Supplier Involvement Tips.”

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While the article focuses on how to best work with your suppliers, I think that another benefit of having these tactics at your disposal is being able to scare engineers into working with you.


Yep, you heard me right.

Engineers are more than happy to select their favorite suppliers without competition. Their suppliers will be firmly entrenched in your organization before you even have a clue much less a chance to influence or bring value to the decision.

Engineers can often be short-sighted in this selection process, not seeing the long-term cost/reliability/service implications of their decisions. Showing them a process and educating them as to the consequences of not following it can go a long way towards getting the respect you need to be a valued part of the design team.

So scare them if that’s what it takes to make the best decision for the entire company, I say!

To Your Career,
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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