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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

Shale gas blasts open world energy market

Unconventional treasure: Shale gas is trapped deep inside rock formations. Shale gas is a new and abundant source of natural gas, trapped in rock formations. Oil companies have known about it for decades but always dismissed it because it was too

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

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

WHEAT FUTURES PLUNGE TO NEW 10-YEAR LOWS

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Wheat prices at 10-year lows are exerting downward pricing pressure on bakery products and animal feed.   Wheat futures plunged to fresh ten-year lows, on heavy world supplies and the stronger dollar. “We continue to see a large

ARE ZINC PRICES SOARING?

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Upwards pressure on Zinc makes it difficult for galvanized steel buyers   |   08.13.16 – Pacific Northwest – Caught between an updraft by dwindling supply and the gravity of slwoing growth in global deman, zinc prices seem to

WHY DID NATURAL GAS PRICES FALL TO TWO-MONTH LOWS?

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Why Natural Gas prices remain so low and are likely to remain so   |   08.12.16 – Natural gas prices  – Natural gas futures contracts for September delivery fell by 0.4% and settled at $2.55 per MMBtu (million

U.S. OIL PRICES ENTER BEAR MARKET

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: $40 Crude brings opportunity to negotiate lower prices for a wide variety of products   |   08.12.16 – Crude settles at $40.06 a barrel, down from early June – Oil prices entered a bear market, briefly dipping below

THE MULTIPLIER EFFECT

If you want to really use your buying power to make an environmental difference, make sure that any “green” criteria for vendor selection are widely publicized so that your suppliers’ competitors hear about them too. In this way, encouraging a