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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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Purchasing Positions

I haven’t posted on this topic for a while, so I just wanted to remind you that there are purchasing positions posted on Next Level Purchasing’s main site. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! If you are looking for a job or seeking a change, you may want to check out this collection of good paying…

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The Apprentice

I don’t watch much TV. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! OK, I do admit to watching the Steelers when they are playing during my kids’ 1:30 – 3:30 nap time. But other than that there’s really one show that I make sure to tape and watch weekly – The Apprentice. One theme that gets repeated…

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The Make Vs. Buy Decision

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “The Make Or Buy Procurement Decision.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! As you might imagine due to the fact that Next Level Purchasing is run by purchasers, we do a lot of oursourcing. We’re not the size of a General Motors or an ExxonMobil, so when we…

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Force Majeure Clauses

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, “Is Your Force Majeure Clause Too Weak?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I teach more about Force Majeure (including the definition of Force Majeure and examples of an actual Force Majeure clause) in our class “Supply Management Contract Writing.” Are you having a particular Force Majeure problem?…

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Purchasing Magazine Articles

Purchasing Magazine’s October 6, 2005 issue featured quotes from me in a couple of their articles. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! First, they did a story about the SPSM Certification, our satisfied students, and the value that the SPSM brings to employers. Second, they featured my advice on sourcing a new category of goods or…

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2005 Supplier of the Year

Next Level Purchasing teaches the value of managing supplier performance in general and, specifically, the value of rewarding those suppliers who perform well. And we practice what we preach. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! We recently announced our winner of our 2005 Supplier of the Year Award – Karen Oakley Designs out of Hewitt, Texas.…

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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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