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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

Has our profession made strides over the last 7 years? – Part 1

Results of two time-staggered surveys As you may know, back in 2003, we asked people to fill in an on-line survey to help Purchasing Professionals gauge their organization’s overall purchasing effectiveness. We asked 7 questions that touched on senior management

Cutting Carbon in the Supply Chain

For many manufactured products, the majority of their carbon footprint comes from energy used in extracting, refining, processing, manufacturing and transportation. There are several options for reducing the carbon footprint: · redesign manufacturing process; use alternative raw materials and new

Tag-Team to Wrestle Costs Down

The arithmetic is simple: profits are being squeezed. Finding ways to drive down costs lower than your competition’s has become more important than ever. Here, we describe a different approach to supplier negotiations that might help you gain an edge.

Negotiate knowing what you SHOULD be paying

In a Perfect World Imagine the negotiating edge you would have if you knew—and could demonstrate—what you SHOULD be paying for the products you buy, especially when suppliers come to you with sad tales about price increases they just can’t

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

Don’t Sweat the Details – It’s the Direction that Counts

Years ago, while working for Green Giant, I phoned our steel can sales rep to ask for a 4% reduction. We had information suggesting steel prices had fallen 8%. He certainly wasn’t very happy and, as expected, argued against any

PLANT TOURS ARE WORTH EVERY MINUTE

The struggle to find good-fit suppliers never ends. Unfortunately, you can’t find them from your office or even on the Internet. The solution is an old fashion plant tour. This Negotiating Nugget describes why plant tours are so important, and explains how to get the most from the time you invest in them. Allow yourself 5 minutes.

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Established in 1999, Propurchaser.com has become a trusted information source, known for its timely & accurate marketplace reporting. We work closely with leading associations & businesses, such as the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Purchasingb2b Magazine, and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters network. We also have the distinction of being chosen to partner with the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC).

Our members include Purchasing and business professionals from a wide variety of leading enterprises throughout the United States and Canada – Home Depot, Snap-on Tools, Home Depot, Cargill, HSBC Bank, Pfizer, Jacuzzi, Scott Paper, Medbuy, and Famous Players Theatres, to name a few.

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