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The Outsourcing of Purchasing

If you’ve read “Will This Purchasing Trend Take Your Job” and are worried, let me help. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The thing to remember is that outsourcing any function is a way of spending money to save money. Getting a return on an investment with an outsourced supplier. Third party procurement providers sell themselves…

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Evaluation of Supplier Size

I am working on a new article for the FREE Purchasing Resources Program on evaluating supplier size. There are problems when you select a supplier that is too big. There are different problems when you select a supplier that is too small. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While I have more than enough material for…

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Purchasing Job Update

If you were one of the first people to get the last purchasing resource, you may have visited our purchasing jobs page before we added a few new job postings. If you haven’t checked our jobs in purchasing page since Tuesday, be sure to visit now to see the latest postings. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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Blogs & Purchasing

I’d like to give a warm welcome to all of the new fans of this blog who discovered it via the RSS Lesson. Thanks for checking this out! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!

Purchaser’s Lesson In RSS

If you’re here because the resource entitled “Purchaser’s Lesson In RSS Technology” sent you to look for links, look over to the right side of the screen and scroll down for the Links section. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you’re here to share comments, welcome! I am very interested in what you have to…

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Service Industry Purchasing: Does ANYONE Provide Training?

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with an individual who was interested in pursuing her SPSM Certification. But she had reservations. She worked in a service industry. And, in her experience, no purchasing training related to the services industries – just manufacturing. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Her belief that purchasing training is all geared…

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Purchasing Jobs

Earlier this month, we posted a purchasing jobs page on our Web site. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Because of other priorities, we haven’t devoted much time to soliciting job posts yet, but we’ve already had people who prefer candidates with the SPSM Certification ask us to post their jobs. Two very rewarding things to…

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Ethics In Negotiation

I am concerned that the latest resource, entitled “Negotiation, Ethics, & You” might be controversial. Ethical issues usually are. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! You see, with laws, there are usually specific and clear boundaries. These boundaries are codified. With ethics, the boundaries are not as clear. Ethics in negotiation can be largely a matter…

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Want To Learn How To Negotiate?

Whew…We have just put the finishing touches on a new class. We’ve been working on it for months and now it is ready. And even though we spent months putting it together, it really draws from about a decade of notes, experiences, lessons learned, triumphs, mistakes, and so on. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If…

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How Can Purchasing Certification Help You In Your Career?

People often ask me: “How will earning a purchasing certification help me in my career?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Having been a purchasing manager who was responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring many purchasing professionals, the answer is so obvious. You see, hiring managers often find the recruiting process to be difficult. Usually, there…

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