Purchasing.com and Purchasing magazine will be missed

What's Happening in Our Profession Oct 27, 2011 2 Comments

Purchasing.com and Purchasing magazinePurchasing.com and Purchasing Magazine were important, ‘go-to’ resources for as long as I can remember, when I was a purchaser for Pillsbury and Ball. It’s hard to believe they are both are now gone.

Frankly, it’s even harder to understand why Purchasing Magazine and Purchasing.com were literally abandoned by Reed Business Publications. Stories on the street suggest that the domain name Purchasing.com has been permanently shelved, with no plans to either resurrect or sell it.

Pity really:  the Purchasing community (like any group of professionals) needs a forum, a vehicle, a gathering place where practitioners can learn about what’s happening in the marketplace and keep in contact with peers.

To some extent, Purchasing Professionals’ Blog was created to fill the void left by the loss of Purchasing Magazine and Purchasing.com. Please feel free to explore this blog, make comments, submit articles and ideas, or participate in any way you see fit.

Best regards
Rod Sherkin

Rod Sherkin

Rod is a former senior executive, responsible for Purchasing, for both Pillsbury and Ball Packaging back in the 80’s and 90’s. Since then, he has continued to work in the Purchasing field as both a consultant and founder of the website Propurchaser.com.


  1. Anonymous

    Rod, since you’re one of the only folks that marked the one-year anniversary of Purchasing’s closing here, I’ll provide my two cents. In the final weeks, there were several very interested buyers for Purchasing. The management at all levels made zero effort to pursue those offers, unlike some of the sister pubs. Why? Severance packages, golden parachutes and retention bonuses were enough for the few to sacrifice the many.

    It is true that without a trade publication, a “trade” has a lot harder time proving its value to its parent. And blogs, no offense, just don’t cut it when you’re trying to benchmark your salary or evaluate supplier ratings.

    Thanks for being a reader and supporter over the years. Best of luck!

  2. Susan

    You may want to check out MyPurchasingCenter.com, which launched in February 2011. The team at My Purchasing Center (some of us were on the team at Purchasing and other Reed publications) are working to build the source for procurement and supply management news and information on the web. We’ve got articles, blogs, podcasts, discussions/debates, videos, webcasts and supplier profiles, and we continue to add new information daily. We also publish a weekly e-newsletter. Check us out and let us know what you think.

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