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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

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

Cloud ‘cannibalises’ IT service procurement

The continuing trend to outsource key services to cloud-based third party providers is radically disrupting established IT procurement practices, according to new research. “The continued trends toward consumerisation and cloud computing highlight the movement of certain former IT responsibilities into

Stainless Steel prices to fall as Nickel drops – MEPS

The LME nickel price plummeted from nearly US$29,000 per tonne on March 5 to just above US$25,000 per tonne on March 15. This will create negative pressure on stainless steel transaction values in the near term. In Europe, the alloy

Copper Rises to Record, Aluminum, Nickel Climb as China Grows – Bloomberg.com

Copper rose to a record on signs demand will remain robust in China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal used in cars, homes and appliances. Aluminum and nickel climbed to two-year highs. China’s manufacturing expanded last month, according to

RAMPANT STEEL PRICE RISES IN EU MARKET – MEPS

Although consumption has changed very little, domestic producers are attempting to lift second quarter offers because of raw material price developments and energy cost increases. Outlay on iron ore is forecast to rise and coking coal shipments from Australia are

Buying Professional Services – a Re-Think

It may sound like heresy, but when it comes to purchasing professional services, forget about RFP’s and the RFQ’s: they do more harm than good. Unlike sourcing goods or equipment, when purchasing professional services, your goal should be to narrow

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