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Strategic Sourcing Intiative Buy-In

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Strategic Sourcing & Stakeholder Resistance.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you’re not sure whether involving stakeholders in developing the answers to the 10 questions will work, let’s think for a moment about psychology. Think of a decision you made that was later criticized. How did you…

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Spend Management Solutions

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Spend Management Technology Trends.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Purchasing technology is a subject that I love. One of the most exciting purchasing projects I led was implementing an eProcurement system in the “early days” when dot-com fever was running wild. Now, based on responses to our…

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Purchasing. Procurement. Supply…

Purchasing. Procurement. Supply Management. Materials Management. Sourcing. Supply Chain Management. Acquisition Services. Spend Management. Enterprise Spend Management. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This constant renaming has become senseless. Driven equally by software providers and consultants seeking to differentiate themselves and practitioners who somehow believe that a new name will confuse their superiors into thinking that…

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Email Guidelines

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Email Guidelines For Purchasing Professionals.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Here’s a challenge…look at five emails you’ve recently sent. How closely did they follow the guidelines? Where could you have used the guidelines to improve those emails? I also think that examples are helpful. Here’s a before-and-after…

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Managing A Purchasing Project

Enrollees in the SPSM Certification Program often give me interesting feedback on the required course Microsoft Project For Purchasing Professionals. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Many of them have never even heard of Microsoft Project before. It made me wonder…is the idea of using Microsoft Project intimidating? Would more people seek to become SPSM’s if…

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Construction Purchasing Magazine

Construction Purchasing Magazine featured my quoted advice in an article entitled “Puchaser’s Guide To Survival” in its June 2005 issue. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I had not previously heard of this magazine, but it is a really classy publication for those of you in the construction industry. In case you are an editor or…

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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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