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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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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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