In pondering some of the topics I’ve touched upon here over the years, one topic has come up multiple times. That’s because it is one of my biggest procurement pet peeves.

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What is it?

It’s when companies blame their suppliers for problems they should have averted. Though I’ve posted several examples of this bad practice, I’ve never tied them all together. Well, now I’ll do just that.

Here are some links to some of the classic “blame the supplier” examples…

It’s Never The Vendor’s Fault

Is Outsourcing a Convenient Excuse for CEO’s (Even When Murder Is Involved)?

Do Your Suppliers Bully You Into Compromising Safety?

The Worst Oil Spill In History: Are Suppliers & Supplier Management Practices To Blame?

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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