If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been so quiet on here lately, it’s because things have been busier than ever at the Next Level Purchasing Association. A few weeks ago, we launched our new website and, with it, several new features which I will be describing here in a series of posts. The new feature that I’ll talk about today is “Procurement Preschool.”

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One of the most commonly bad processes in a procurement department is onboarding a new procurement employee. Usually, the onboarding process involves instructions from a manager that go something like this: “Welcome on board, Sarah. Today and tomorrow, I’m going to have you sit with Jim so he can show you how to get around on the system. By Wednesday, you’ll be ready to be on your own. Go get ’em!”

Now, we have always had our online class “Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals” to teach new buyers the finer points of tactical procurement. However, sometimes, these newbies need things broken down even further than most managers realize. They will have super-basic questions like “What is FOB?“, “What is an RFP?“, and “What is a PO?

Well, we wanted to make it easy and fun for them to find answers. So, we recruited some future procurement leaders in the 7-9 year-old age range (they’re my kids, lest you think about any violations of child labor) to shoot some videos explaining some of these basic topics in a simple-to-understand, non-threatening manner. This collection of videos is called “Procurement Preschool” and, below, you will find a link to Procurement Preschool on our new site; the Purchasing Certification Channel on YouTube, which hosts the videos; and an embedded video of its own.

Soon, I will be back to tell you more about the new features of our site. But, for now, it’s back to work on the numerous other exciting launches we have coming up this year. 2012 is going to be a rockin’ year in the procurement world!

Procurement Preschool

The Purchasing Certification Channel

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer
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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