• Yesterday, I reported the latest ethical brouhaha in Pittsburgh that involves lessons in purchasing as well as politics. Well, it seems like our mayor Luke Ravenstahl has seen the light. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today reported that Ravenstahl has decided to pay for his own tickets to see the Penguins play in Detroit: “After initially asking the city Law Department for a ruling on whether he could accept free tickets as part of the trip, Mr. Ravenstahl decided yesterday to pay for all expenses out of his own pocket, spokeswoman Joanna Doven said. Tickets to the first two games will cost him $350 each. ‘He’s pretty sure it’s legal to pay for it himself so he preferred to go that route,’ Ms. Doven said.” He’s pretty sure it’s legal to pay for his own hockey tickets? Pretty sure, Ms. Doven? This makes me laugh. There was no mention of whether the Purchasing Certification Blog had any impact on Ravenstahl’s decision.
  • There was a provocative post on Supply Excellence yesterday entitled “Sustainability: Throw Out Everything You Know.” It’s a must read because it highlights how the blind rush to be/appear green can be counterproductive and uses a real-life example of university green purchasing gone awry. But do read it carefully – I almost thought that Tim Minahan was condoning animal cruelty until I realized that he was using some examples to illustrate how short-sighted some sustainability tactics are. And you know how I feel about animal friendly purchasing.
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to get a copy of “The e-Sourcing Handbook” over at iasta.com. This book is packed with a lot of killer supply chain technology content. It’s not something most people will read cover-to-cover (even me), but I think it is a very valuable reference for any purchasing professional – even if you’re not personally involved in selecting or implementing technology solutions. It even mentions the SPSM®. Maybe I’ll do a more formal review of it on this blog at some point.

For those of you in the USA, I wish you a wonderful, long holiday weekend!

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Charles Dominick, SPSM
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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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