I just watched the Week 12 episode of The Apprentice last night.

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I couldn’t help but laugh in seeing Lee and Sean depend heavily on their suppliers for building their booth only to be embarrassed by a late delivery and poor quality workmanship. Ah, haven’t we all had that same embarrassing feeling when we were still wet behind the ears as new buyers?

That episode should be a case study for all new buyers to see what happens:

1. When you put blind faith in your suppliers

2. When you choose convenient suppliers rather than taking just a little extra time to get the right suppliers

3. When you don’t drill down into the tasks of a project to determine if the quoted lead time is realistic

Surprisingly, Lee and Sean won despite their inadequacy with the fundamentals of purchasing. But, then again, this season’s group has to be the weakest of any Apprentice season to date, so anything’s possible.

Perhaps the final tasks will be won by the team that utilizes the best purchasing practices. Now that would help demonstrate to the masses how important purchasing is to organizational success!

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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