I hope that you have enjoyed the article “10 Signs of a Modern Purchasing Department.”

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Obviously there are more indications that a purchasing department is on the leading edge. There are too many other small points to mention. And many of the specifics will be outdated in a year or two. But there are a couple of categories where purchasing departments should always seek to evolve:

1. Technology

2. Innovation and Competitive Advantage Through Supplier Relations

3. Closeness To Senior Management

Improvement in these areas is a timeless strategy.

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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