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Customized Purchasing Training

I have been approached by a number of large companies who have inquired about having our existing purchasing training customized for them. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I am noticing a trend. Not one of them has actually followed through with their entire vision. All of them get buried in more pressing matters. Customized online…

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How To Write An RFP

It isn’t uncommon for me to receive a frantic call from a purchaser asking how to write an RFP. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I’m happy to help. But what concerns me is the emergency focus on successfully completing a document. An RFP isn’t just a document. It is a process. And no matter how…

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Purchasing Training: Where Does A New Purchasing Agent Begin?

There are currently 10 purchasing classes available on NextLevelPurchasing.com. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While this number of classes helps purchasers who are looking to fulfill a certain need, I understand that so many choices can cause confusion. I often get the question: “I am new to purchasing – where do I begin?” If you…

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Supplier Size Guidelines: Set In Stone?

You might be wondering whether the supplier size guidelines mentioned in “Supplier Size: It Matters” are absolute rules for selecting (or rejecting) a supplier. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Please keep in mind that these are ONLY guidelines. There will absolutely, positively be exceptions. For example, Next Level Purchasing has a supplier awards program in…

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Metrics & Supplier Evaluation

One topic I am often asked to speak about is supplier evaluation. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! A question that I am virtually guaranteed to hear during my presentation is “How many metrics should I use when evaluating supplier performance?” The number I like to recommend is four. I feel that by using four metrics,…

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Purchasing Seminars: Do You Do Them?

I often get asked, “Charles, do you do any live purchasing seminars?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Next Level Purchasing’s bread and butter is offering procurement training and purchasing certification online. However, I do live speaking engagements for purchasing associations and private companies from time to time. My fees vary depending on a number of…

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Getting Certified: Purchasing Managers Want To Know How Long It Will Take

On the Web page describing the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification, we list a table showing the length of time it will take a purchasing manager to become certified based on the amount of time s/he is able to dedicate to study. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I felt that it would be…

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Another blog to check out…

I found another pretty interesting blog in our field – Spend Matters. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Check it out for the author’s thoughts on current topics like sourcing, supply chain technology, and international trade. Good stuff. Respectfully,Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSMPresidentNext Level Purchasing, Inc.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I hope that you enjoyed the article “6 Ways Purchasers Get More Respect.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While maximizing the respect you get can take months or even years, I really believe that these tips can help you get incrementally increasing respect right away. And we all love instant gratification, don’t we? What do…

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My Purchasing Credentials

Many individuals who are interested in Next Level Purchasing’s purchasing courses ask me what my credentials are. Some ask it in a way like “What makes you think YOU are qualified to teach ME?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So, I thought that I’d post a little bio of myself here… I am the president…

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