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Supply Base Rationalization

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Supply Base Rationalization: Not 1, But 5 Options.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Though Next Level Purchasing is a global organization, in terms of number of employees, it is the smallest organization I’ve had to purchase for. I’ve previously worked for a small manufacturer (200 employees), a…

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Supply Chain Developments

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the article “Supply Chain Developments To Watch In 2006.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! It’s always fun to look ahead and try to predict the future of the purchasing profession. As 2005 began, there really didn’t seem to be much exciting on the horizon. Sure, there are always…

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How Global Is The SPSM?

One of the differentiating characteristics of the SPSM Certification is that it was not designed by a “national” organization, targeting the professionals of one and only one country. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The SPSM Certification was specifically designed to be a globally recognized certification. So how global is the SPSM? Well, let me put…

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3-Way Match

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The 3-Way Match, eProcurement, & Pain.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Implementing any part of eProcurement or any major change is a challenge. To succeed, you really need to communicate how individuals will benefit from the change. Unfortunately, when asking folks to record receipts, there is simply…

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Congrats To Pitt!

The University of Pittsburgh, a former employer and current customer of mine, recently got some well-deserved press for their eProcurement success – http://higher-edtech.texterity.com/article/200512/15/ Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! It is nice to see them get recognition for doing a good job. They have a classy group of people that comprise their purchasing team.  

Procurement Project Management Plan

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “The Procurement Project Management Plan.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I know, I know. You may be thinking: “I’ve gotten by all of these years without all that stuff.” But, guess what? Times are changing. Projects are becoming more challenging. More and more people are involved in…

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Purchasing Positions

I haven’t posted on this topic for a while, so I just wanted to remind you that there are purchasing positions posted on Next Level Purchasing’s main site. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you are looking for a job or seeking a change, you may want to check out this collection of good paying…

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The Apprentice

I don’t watch much TV. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! OK, I do admit to watching the Steelers when they are playing during my kids’ 1:30 – 3:30 nap time. But other than that there’s really one show that I make sure to tape and watch weekly – The Apprentice. One theme that gets repeated…

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The Make Vs. Buy Decision

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Make Or Buy Procurement Decision.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! As you might imagine due to the fact that Next Level Purchasing is run by purchasers, we do a lot of oursourcing. We’re not the size of a General Motors or an ExxonMobil, so when we…

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Force Majeure Clauses

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “Is Your Force Majeure Clause Too Weak?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I teach more about Force Majeure (including the definition of Force Majeure and examples of an actual Force Majeure clause) in our class “Supply Management Contract Writing.” Are you having a particular Force Majeure problem?…

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