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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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Purchasing Magazine Articles

Purchasing Magazine’s October 6, 2005 issue featured quotes from me in a couple of their articles. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! First, they did a story about the SPSM Certification, our satisfied students, and the value that the SPSM brings to employers. Second, they featured my advice on sourcing a new category of goods or…

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2005 Supplier of the Year

Next Level Purchasing teaches the value of managing supplier performance in general and, specifically, the value of rewarding those suppliers who perform well. And we practice what we preach. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! We recently announced our winner of our 2005 Supplier of the Year Award – Karen Oakley Designs out of Hewitt, Texas.…

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Safety Stock Calculation

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the article, “A New Safety Stock Calculation.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Safety stock levels are undoubtedly being reviewed in supply chain departments throughout the world these days. With Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastating the Gulf Coast and forcing many suppliers to declare Force Majeure, executives are asking…

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Procurement Risk

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Procurement Risk Analysis.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I wrote this article several months back and planned it for release on October 4. It turns out that the timing was both good and bad. The article was written before Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita hit. So releasing…

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Negotiating With Suppliers

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Negotiating With Suppliers Over Policies.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Some supplier policies are just set up to discourage negotiation. To not have to subject their phone representative to the task of decision-making and negotiating. So challenge the policies. But, remember, one of the most important aspects…

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Procurement Contracts

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the article, “Contract Templates: False Sense Of Security?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The issue of enforceability of procurement contracts is tricky. There are various things that can make a procurement contract unexpectedly unenforceable. Therefore, knowing exactly how to write a contract is critical. One “war story” that I love…

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Better Than A Supply Chain Book?

I realize that there are some poor online classes out there. Ones without multimedia or hands-on learning or instructor interaction. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The good news is that Next Level Purchasing’s online purchasing classes are not mundane like that. The bad news is that those crappy classes make people assume that all online…

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Negotiation Course Comments

It is one of the most flattering things to have a student write heartfelt, positive comments about one of our courses. Here’s what one of our recent students said about our negotiation course, “Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying:” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! “What I really like about your courses is that you concentrate on…

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