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Benchmark Your Organization’s Purchasing Effectiveness

Dear Colleague Back in 2003, we created a simple, on-line survey to help Purchasing Professionals gauge their organization’s overall purchasing effectiveness. The goals were to first measure attitudes and practices, and then offer concrete suggestions for making improvements. The initiative

A Supplier’s Advice for Purchasing Custom Tradeshow Exhibits & Environments

Dear Purchasing Professional, We usually don’t get to speak with you directly when we respond to an RFP. But if we could, this is what we’d say. We’d like you to know that to get the best value when buying

Use labor productivity to drive down purchase costs

 Suppliers often use wage increases to justify nudging up prices each year, usually 1 or 2%. And it’s hard to argue: – seems reasonable, and it’s less than inflation. But wages aren’t the real issue – labor costs are. And

Purchasers’ turn to shine

It’s still quite scary out there: recession clouds are still lurking. Sales volumes are struggling to rise; unfortunately, costs are struggling less, as suppliers pile on price increases, citing higher raw material costs as the reason. Call to action What

TRUST YOUR SUPPLIERS BUT NOT THEIR DATA: A ProPurchaser INSIGHT

   ProPurchaser INSIGHT: Trust your suppliers but not their data.   Trust vs. Data Of course you need to trust your suppliers: their products, delivery, quality and service.  Makes sense or why would you want to do business with them? 

Fishing with Suppliers: A ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE

ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE #5: Go “Fishing” with Suppliers.   I once had a very smart boss whose favorite expression was “Fish where the big fish are!” So where do the “big fish” lurk for reducing costs for the products and

LAND THE PURCHASING JOB YOU WANT

ProPurchaser INSIGHT:  Stand out from the crowd by showing a prospective employer you are capable of saving money the first day you’re hired.  |   The competition for good jobs today is unprecedented. Certainly not news. Most of us have

Purchasing.com and Purchasing magazine will be missed

Purchasing.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

Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Summit 2011

Congratulations to the event organizers and CIPS for putting together an excellent program for the inaugural sustainable purchasing summit in London.  Some very interesting topics and speakers. http://www.revolutionevents.plus.com/spss/programme.html One of the stand-out messages from the day is that sustainable purchasing

Purchasing Data

Purchasing data has always been important to supply-chain professionals. Today’s market conditions are making successful negotiations with suppliers even more critical. Seasoned buyers, many of whom have been purchasing data years, say, more than ever, they need accurate and timely