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Time and Materials Contract

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Negotiating a Time and Materials Contract.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! What I like about the advice in this article is that it can be applied in a variety of industries – virtually any time you use a time and materials contract. Examples of the type of…

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Sourcing – Favorite & Least Favorite Categories

I’ve been fortunate to have sourced such a wide variety of categories of goods and services throughout my career. I’ve just been reflecting about the categories I’ve enjoyed and despised the most. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! First, for the category I’ve enjoyed the most… I absolutely love sourcing enterprise software. Each vendor’s offering is…

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Starting A Supplier Diversity Program

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Starting A Supplier Diversity Program.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Though I am excited about this article in particular, I am even more excited about a follow-up article I’m working on. That article will talk about the challenges of starting a supplier diversity program, such as finding…

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Modern Purchasing Department

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “10 Signs of a Modern Purchasing Department.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! 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 And many of the specifics will be outdated in a year or…

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Pittsburgh & Moon Township

Next Level Purchasing has provided its education to purchasers on every continent except Antarctica. And we do so right from our headquarters in beautiful Moon Township, Pennsylvania – a suburb of Pittsburgh. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! When I am interviewed for magazine articles, I always say that Next Level Purchasing is based in a…

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Another Vendor Negotiation Article

Here is an article I was interviewed a while back by Multi-Channel Merchant Magazine for a story they were doing on vendor negotiations. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!

Vendor Negotiations

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Vendor Negotiations: Timing Is Everything.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! It was fun to be able to incorporate a Steeler Super Bowl moment into an edition of PurchTips within about a day of their victory. As I say, “timing is everything.” I’m a little behind on my…

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SPSM Certification Success Stories

I am really psyched about a new area of our site we just added. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! It’s called “SPSM Certification Success Stories.” And it features video slideshows based on audio interviews with individuals who have earned their SPSM Certifications. It is so rewarding to hear these folks share their experiences of how…

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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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