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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

US Electric Power Markets – National Overview

If you have ever wanted to understand changes in your suppliers’ electricity costs, you might find this U.S. federal government website useful. It identifies regions and ‘hubs’. The best news is that pricing for most hubs is free and a matter of

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

A BETTER WAY TO NEGOTIATE

A ProPurchaser CORE PRACTICE: Never enter negotiations without first researching what has happened to your supplier’s costs Two Ways We Engage with Suppliers As Purchasing professionals, we use two main approaches to establishing prices with suppliers. The first is through

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