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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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Corporate Procurement Management

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “The 21st Century Procurement Department” and found that it helps you with your modern corporate procurement management challenges and changes. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! When modernizations are made, changes to the name of a function are often contemplated. You may ask, “What is the most current…

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Affording Your Supply Chain Certification

Many people who were interested in earning their Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification have struggled with the costs involved in enrolling in the SPSM Certification Program. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So, a few months back, we created the Pay-As-You-Go Certification Plan. This allows you to pay for each class and each fee…

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Contracts For Services

In my last post, I mentioned my sourcing advice being published in the July 2005 edition of Inside Supply Management magazine. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! That issue also features a great article about contracting for services, written by Ernest Gabbard. Ernest has also contributed his contract law wisdom to the forthcoming August 23, 2005…

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Inside Supply Management

If you subscribe to Inside Supply Management magazine, turn to page 37 of this month’s issue (July 2005). Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There, you’ll find a quote from me answering the question “What’s most critical when adapting to a new spend or commodity area?” I reply with a 4-step process that I’ve successfully used.…

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