Well, the Purch-lympics are here!

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If you missed the earlier announcement, each business day from today through Monday, August 25, we will link you to five or six essays submitted by purchasing and supply management professionals throughout the world. You will get to vote for one essay each day. The five daily winners, as determined by votes, will then have their essays competing in the finals on August 27 and 28. From these five finalists, voting will determine three winners: a “gold medal” winner, a “silver medal” winner, and a “bronze medal” winner. These winners will be announced August 29. The gold medal winner will receive a scholarship to the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program, valued at $1,149 (US).

So here’s what you do:

1. Simply click the links below to read each essay.

2. Use the “Click here to vote” link to submit your vote. Each day’s voting will be open until 11:45 PM Eastern US time.

3. Send the link http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/blog to your purchasing and supply management colleagues and encourage them to vote.

4. Return here daily to vote.

So let’s get started!

Essay #1: Leonard Ruhukwa (Zimbabwe) – Topic: Supplier Relationships

Essay #2: Aung Kyaw Than (India) – Topic: Specification Errors

Essay #3: Grace Paddy Wanzala (Uganda) – Topic: Alternate Sources of Supply

Essay #4: Reybien Basto (Philippines) – Topic: Documentation

Essay #5: Jehu Selman Mamven (Nigeria) – Topic: Bidding

CLICK HERE TO VOTE (NOTE: voting for this day is now closed. Please see the current day’s essays at http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/blog and cast your vote at that link.)

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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