We all have pet peeves, right?

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Well, one of mine is the fact that our profession uses different terms to describe the same thing. And a bigger one is when people try to “educate” their peers about the differences between these terms when there really isn’t a difference.

One of those examples is the use of “purchasing” and “procurement.” Look, these two terms refer to the same thing. Don’t kid yourself into thinking otherwise.

I got drawn into a debate on the topic on Ariba’s “Strategic Sourcing & Procurement” LinkedIn Group. Whether or not you agree with me, I think that there are some really frank comments in the thread.

But don’t spend too much time there…it’s such a silly debate when there are so many other value-added things that procurement/purchasing professionals like you could be thinking about.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
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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