OK, perhaps this is the oddest subject line in the history of purchasing blogs. But let me explain what I mean.

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Are you familiar with the phrase “You say ‘tomato’ and I say ‘tom-ah-to’?”

For those of you from outside the US, this is a phrase used to essentially mean “Well, we call things by different names, but that’s OK.”

The purchasing profession has many items that are called by different names. Here are a few of these purchasing tomatoes, but not all.

In the US, we say Requests For Proposal. Elsewhere, some people say tenders.

In the US, we say supply management. Elsewhere, some people say supplies management.

In the US, we say procurement of services. Elsewhere, some people say procurement of works.

In the US, we say purchasing department. Elsewhere, some people say purchase department.

Do you have some purchasing tomatoes to share? If so, please comment!

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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