In the email version of today’s PurchTips edition entitled Tactical vs Strategic Purchasing, I included the wrong link to the SPSM Certification Success Stories page on our Web site. So I sent out a second email with the correct link and also thought it would be helpful to include a definition of tactical purchasing as the article focused mainly on describing the distinguishing characteristics of strategic purchasing.

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Here’s the definition of tactical purchasing that I included:

Tactical purchasing is simply executing routine administrative tasks (requesting quotes, placing orders, expediting, etc.) on a reactive basis, outside of the context of an enterprise-wide focus, and without pursuing continuous improvement or contribution to specific senior management goals.

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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