Will The “Inclusion Rider” Become A Common Procurement Thing?

After winning the Oscar award for best actress earlier this month, Frances McDormand ended her acceptance speech by saying “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” This set off a frenzy of Google searches to find out exactly what an “inclusion rider” is.  As NPR put it, an inclusion rider is “a stipulation that…

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Advanced Procurement Is Tough. Are You?

When the NLPA launched the SPSM-BOK Mastery Model in 2014, one of the important principles we wanted to convey is that some procurement competencies are more advanced than others and that there should be a path to mastering those competencies in an optimal order. So, we recommend starting one’s procurement education path with the online course “Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals.”  It covers…

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E-L-What? Electronic Logging Devices

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post Since late 2015, the trucking community has been permeated with discussions of the impact of the ELD mandate. Now that the mandate compliance is in the “phase-in” phase, trucking companies are faced with some critical questions: How will this regulation impact my business? What rate increases, capacity decreases, and haul time…

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Attend The “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2018” Webinar!

The most anticipated presentations of procurement research are back for their eighth year:  The NLPA’s annual “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries” report and webinar! You are invited to attend the webinar, “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2018,” on March 27, 2018, at 11:30 AM Eastern US Time. By attending this webinar, you will be the first to learn of…

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Do Stakeholders Think You Love A Supplier Too Much?

Happy Valentine’s Day! No other day of the year screams “love” quite like Valentine’s Day.  So, let’s talk about love and procurement. Specifically, let’s talk about whether stakeholders think you “love” an incumbent supplier too much to be unbiased.  Many stakeholders are often suspicious that you choose the supplier that serves them based on “personal” reasons, not just business reasons. …

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People Don’t Quit Procurement Jobs, They Quit Procurement Bosses

There’s an old saying:  “People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” From my 20+ years in procurement, I can confirm this phrase applies to the procurement workplace as much as it applies to any workplace. In fact, I sense that this may apply to the procurement workplace just a teeny-tiny bit more than some other environments. Why’s that? Well, consider how…

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The First Steps of International Sourcing

Special thanks to Source One Management Services for this guest post For companies large and small, there’s no doubt international sourcing boasts major benefits. Market expansion, reduced costs, exposure to new technologies and work forces are just a few of the benefits. Whether you source for a niche provider or a major global player, the beginning steps to expanding supply chain operations are…

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What The Low Cost Country Sourcing Mindset Must Evolve To

One of the hottest buzz phrases of the early 2000’s was “low cost country sourcing,” or LCCS. Here in 2018, we still outsource to low cost countries.  But, with the hot economy that I’ve been blogging about lately, it’s time for an evolved focus and perhaps a new buzz phrase. As I’ve written about the currently hot economy, there “is a…

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Escalating Plant Procurement Problems To Centralized Procurement

There is a common procurement evolution among multi-plant manufacturers. Initially, all plants perform their own procurement.  At some point, some parts of procurement become centralized while other parts remain at the plant level. The centralized procurement activities usually involve selecting, contracting with, and managing strategic suppliers.  The decentralized procurement activities usually involve placing orders, expediting shipments, and communicating with supplier…

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Morale-Building In Procurement Leadership

Last week, I blogged about the prospects of the economy overheating.  And, a few months ago, I blogged about the internal procurement challenge in a hot economy:  filling open positions with good talent. Today, I will expand upon those themes by talking about the currently hot economy and how to preclude the internal procurement challenge by preventing your positions from becoming…

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