• Steel Price Forecast for 2017

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    Steel Price Forecast for 2017

    While rising raw material costs push up steel prices, market watchers suggest buyers not make big purchasing commitments heading into 2017.

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Latest Articles

How Procurement Should Manage its Relationship with Legal

Susan Avery

As managing supply chain risk continues to be on the minds of CEOs in 2017, procurement leaders may want to ensure their teams have a good understanding of the legal aspects of their relationships with suppliers and good rapport with the company’s attorneys. That’s the message from James M. Baehr, Group Lead at Sourcing Strategies Group LLC, to members of the Institute for Supply Management Greater Boston (ISMGB) affiliate in a recent webinar. Read More

Look After Your Data: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe


Concerned about data protection? How can IT procurement ensure data security and reduce cyber risk for your organisation? Read More

Leverage Not Always Perfect Procurement Plan

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Many organizations have implemented strategic procurement which coupled with the recent volatility of markets requires procurement to evolve the function. Part of this is increasing the strategy and analysis to a wider scope of the supply chain to prepare the organization for today's challenges. Read More

Procurement Debates: Is Category Management Obsolete?

Susan Avery

Procurement and supply management professionals attending ProcureCon Indirect East in Orlando on March 6-8 will have the opportunity to listen to and weigh in on a debate on the relevancy of category management. Brian Kyle, Managing Director, Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Management at American Cancer Society, Inc., and Garry Christie, Director, Procurement at Advanced Micro Devices, are scheduled to lead the session during the 10th annual event Read More

Latest Videos

What is a Reverse Auction?

In this video, K2 Sourcing provides perspective on reverse auctions for procurement. If you take one thing away from this presentation, it is that a reverse auction is one of many tools to help automate the strategic sourcing and, ultimately, the category management process.

Achieve Competitive Prices without Bidding

In this 60-minute training video session given by Rod Sherkin, President of ProPurchaser, you will learn how to work more constructively with suppliers to drive down costs together, while strengthening your supply chain.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 4

In part 4 of the Source One video series, Kathleen Jordan completes the discussion on marketing and sourcing with a case study that demonstrates how sourcing can benefit from partnering with a consulting firm to address marketing’s needs.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Roadrunner Freight Focuses on Value, Quality, the Customer

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (RRTS) recently re-branded and changed its official name from Roadrunner LTL to Roadrunner Freight. My Purchasing Center talks to Grant Crawford, President at Roadrunner Freight, about the reasons for the move and the company’s business model going forward. For customers, Crawford says that means a more intense focus on quality and value.

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Dun & Bradstreet Partners with Rosslyn Data Technologies

In an interview with My Purchasing Center, Brian Alster, Global Head of Compliance and Supply at Dun & Bradstreet, describes the company’s new relationship with Rosslyn Data Technologies. To meet today’s big challenges, procurement officers need to find greater savings and gain deeper insight into the supply base, he says. To help, the companies’ new joint offering provides, "for the first time, the ability to seamlessly manage their entire spend analytics process completely in the cloud. No hardware. No software."

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Latest Blog Posts

Master Data Leadership: MRO Inventory Recovered and Sustained

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George E. Krauter
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Duplicate parts exist under different names, descriptions and brands. There was one plant that had AA batteries under six different names in six different storeroom locations. Why does this happen? From an overall view, it happens because of lack of attent… Read More

I’m Worried About Procurement

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Rich Weissman
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Economics drives the supply chain. This is more than aligning supply and demand. It is about how a global economy works and its impact on your company and your suppliers. Economics is not the “dismal science” as once maligned. It is at the root of everythi… Read More

Autonomous Vehicles (Robot Trucks) Will Redesign the Entire Supply Chain

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Tom DePaoli
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Supply chain professionals must rethink their entire logistics strategies both eternally and internally with the emergence of robot trucks. Read More

What Santa Can Learn From Procurement

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Gordon Shishodia
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Can you think of a organization with a truly global presence that is unaware of the value an effective procurement organization can add to its business model? Only the most backwards of business leaders have their heads in the sand when it comes to procure… Read More



Supplier Profiles


Staples Advantage is the one supplier that offers all the business solutions you need, all with the expertise of a specialty vendor. Read More


The work and purpose of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston today reflect the early intentions of its founders to "create acquaintance and foster the exchange of knowledge." Read More

Lunney Advisory Group

Lunney Advisory Group was founded in 2007. Our firm is not your typical consulting company. Some members of our firm are highly qualified and experienced industry executives/practitioners while others are full time or adjunct university professors.… Read More

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U.S.-Mexico Shipping Options

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Do "Preferred Customers" Really Receive Better Pricing and Service?

Anecdotal evidence and some qualitative research suggests that "favored shippers" - companies for which carriers prefer to haul freight - obtain better pricing and service. But do they? In this paper, Iowa State University researchers explain: How they sought to understand the voice of U.S. truck…

Procurement Party like 1999

A comprehensive study done by AT Kearney in late 2014 showed that 75 percent of procurement organizations have not improved their productivity since 2011. This seems hard to believe given procurement’s constant push for efficiency gains, declining commodity prices, and the rise of technology designe…

Must Have Information for Every Strategic Sourcing Manager

As we move into a 2016, it’s a safe prediction that buzzwords will continue to dominate the business world. 'Strategic sourcing' is one buzzword that has permeated the procurement function for the past 20 years, but is often hard to describe. Almost every large procurement organization claims to be …