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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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The U.S. Natural Gas Story in 15 Charts

The story of U.S. natural gas gets referenced a lot but you may not know whats going on. Here are 15 charts that tell the story of the U.S. natural gas market which has been completely changed by the rise

The Marketplace and the Five-Hundred Pound Gorilla
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

Corporate Social Responsibility in supply chains: an example of aluminum refining

Commodity production in many parts of the world causes huge problems for local communities. Extractive industries located in areas with poor environmental protection and enforcement can be particularly damaging. For example this contentious aluminum refinery in Niyamgiri, India: The battle

BEATING THE BUDGET BLUES

ProPurchaser INSIGHT: Tired of being blamed for price increases that you have no control over?  There is a solution.  The annual ritual Most Purchasers are called upon each year to prepare a budget for the products they buy. Given the

The Carbon Benefits of Recycled Materials

The benefits of avoiding extraction and primary processing are usually significant, even when collection, transport and reprocessing of recycled material is taken into account. An increasing range of recycled products are coming onto the market, such as glass, steel, aluminium,

7 key factors for US reshoring

After making the case for reshoring in a previous article, PwC identified 7 key factors influencing potential US manufacturing resurgence. Obviously, labor cost is one of those factors but not the only one. “Industrial manufacturers may increasingly rethink their U.S.