I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part I.”

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Purchasing services is a challenge for those who have strictly purchased goods in the past. As I alluded to in the article, there are many pitfalls. The article itself, being the first in an irregular series, focused on on-time delivery.

One additional tip that I’ll add here is to quiz your supplier not on lead time, but rather on completion date. For example, you could ask your supplier to respond to something like this…

“If I placed my order on July 1, when will the service be complete? What if I placed the order on July 15? July 30?”

Sometimes, the completion date is dependent upon your organization. We’ll talk more about that topic and its specific challenges in Part II.

So stay tuned!

Charles Dominick, SPSM
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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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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