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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.

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… Through the online purchasing…

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Purchasing Certification & Government Approval

I get a lot of questions about whether the SPSM Certification is “authorized” or “recognized” or “accredited” by government bodies. I thought that I would answer that type of question here. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! I cannot say how all governments operate with regard to professional business certifications. But I do know how the…

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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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