• Mining for Savings: Sourcing Takes Team Approach

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    Mining for Savings: Sourcing Takes Team Approach

    An economic downturn brings out the worst in some companies. They beat up suppliers to slash prices. A downturn can bring out the best. These companies take a good look at purchasing practices and put in place the people and processes that help reduce cost and improve efficiency over the long term

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  • Big Value for Procurement in Big Data

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Latest Articles

Manufacturing Growing; Procurement has Choice of Suppliers for Now

Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi

ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research is a good news/not-so-good news story. The annual survey of manufacturers shows continued growth for the sector. Companies are hiring, increasing production capacity, and investing for more growth to come. Fifty-eight percent of respondents say their business grew in 2013, and 63% expect even more gains by the end of 2014. Read More

Corrugated Price Forecast for 2015

John Hall

“From a buying perspective, there’s plenty of capacity if indeed the new capacity that’s come online meets your quality specs and the prices have been relatively flat,” Tom Runiewicz, Principal, Industry Practices Group at IHS, tells My Purchasing Center. “In fact, I expect prices to be flat through the remainder of this year and into 2015 because of this new additional capacity we’ve seen. And demand hasn’t grown much. Read More

Cargill Strategic Sourcing Delivers on Customer Value with Actionable Market Intelligence

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Cargill’s global sourcing team must contain costs, manage price volatility, leverage internal demand across the 65 plus business units and tap into measurable value without compromising safety, quality and service to our customers. Achieving these objectives requires a comprehensive understanding of ever-changing prices andtrends for materials worldwide so the team can negotiate effectively with their suppliers. Read More

Cardinal Health Strengthens Commodity Price Forecasting to Reduce Operating Risks, Increase Cost-Effectiveness

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As a manufacturer of medical supplies, Cardinal Health needs to accurately forecast the often volatile prices of commodities, such as cotton, polyethylene and polypropylene. These forecasts are critical for negotiating commodity prices, mitigating the risks of price volatility, and setting the optimal prices for finished goods. Developing these forecasts required solid price data and analysis of the reasons for price movements as well as the meaning of those trends for the company. Read More

Latest Videos

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.

Marketing and Sourcing Collaboration Part 3

In part 3, Kathleen Jordan at Source One describes how sourcing can support marketing during its agency review process. She provides best practices for the two to use when conducting an agency search.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Will Manufacturers Act in Time?

Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi talks to Rita Lieberman at ThomasNet about their annual Industry Market Barometer research which shows small to mid-size manufacturers expect business to grow, with new opportunities coming from the near-shoring trend. One concern: Finding qualified employees. Many Millennials still have a negative feeling about manufacturing. Lieberman explains what it means for procurement.

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Canadian Government Renews Purchasing Card Contract

The government of Canada has renewed its pcard contract with BMO Financial Group and MasterCard. What does this mean for procurement and supply managers? My Purchasing Center’s Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi asks this question of Steve Pedersen, Vice President, North American Corporate Card Products at BMO. Pedersen responds with a host of reasons--why procurement may want to take a new look at cards.

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Latest Blog Posts

Telecommuting's Up: What that Means for Procurement

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Susan Avery
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Since part of Staples Advantage’s offering is to help customers prepare for changes in workplace trends, including telecommuting, Neil Ringel, Executive Vice President, Staples Advantage, tells My Purchasing Center that the company is surprised to see so m… Read More

Procurement's Growing Role: Is it Sustainable?

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Tim Cummins
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I believe there is a sustainable role for Procurement, but it will be quite different from the role of the past and it will encounter competition from others also seeking self-preservation. It also demands a radical shift from the control and compliance me… Read More

Attitude is Everything! (We Want to Hire Your Experience But Not You)

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Kevin Rohan
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The question that anyone interviewing must ask themselves is “Am I going into this process with a good attitude?” It’s much harder than it sounds because it requires an honest self-evaluation that is not always easy to measure. Let’s face it, most of us th… Read More

Successful Negotiation

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Tim Cummins
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If negotiators remain fixated on winning points and gaining concessions, it means they will generally fail to establish the on-going governance and performance principles necessary for success. It also creates an environment where cooperation is threatened… Read More



Supplier Profiles


It started in 1972 with an idea, a new concept in distribution. Today, Digi-Key Corporation is one of the fastest-growing electronic component distributors in the World. The stimulus for this growth is Digi-Key's customer-centered business philosophy… 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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Procurement Leaders Insight - The risk of supply

We live in a volatile world where uncertainty has become the norm and supply chains are going global, which means that the potential for supply disruption has grown exponentially. As the Chief Procurement Officer, it’s not only your job to drive as much cost out of the business as possible, it’s als…