• Procurement Best Practices Flourish in the Public Sector

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    Procurement Best Practices Flourish in the Public Sector

    “With the understanding that even though this is government, we can use those best practices that have been both effective and efficient in the private sector and apply them to a public sector environment,” says Cathy A. Martin, Chief Procurement Officer for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

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Latest Articles

IMTS Goal: A One-Stop Showplace for Manufacturing Technology

ThomasNet News

The 30th edition of the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) takes place Sept. 8-13 in Chicago. With less than two months to opening day, the organizer, the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), in McLean, Va., reports that 2,000 exhibitors will occupy 1.25 million sq ft of space in McCormick Place, filling all four halls. Attendance, which totaled 100,200 in 2012, is forecast to be up more than 10 percent this year, based on hotel rentals and pre-registration. Read More

Strategic Sole Source: A Pillar of an Approach

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Sole source acquisition means that only one supplier source, to the best of the requester's knowledge and faith, based upon thorough research, i.e. conducting a market survey, is capable of delivering the required product or service. Read More

We Have Decided to Implement an ERP System--Now What?

The Hackett Group

Implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can be a daunting task for many organizations due to the time and effort required, not to mention the financial commitment. In an effort to mitigate the risks, understand the complexities, and identify change management issues, organizations should commit 6-8 weeks prior to kicking-off blueprinting to conduct a Mobilization Assessment. The assessment will allow the organizations an opportunity to identify and mitigate potential risks prior to formally kicking-off the project. Read More

Next-Gen Financial Analytics Drive Manufacturing Into Profitability

ThomasNet News

Yet another benefit emerging from the new technology-enabled shop floor is the power to apply financial analytics to manufacturing operations, equipping decision-makers with the visibility they need to improve profitability. 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

Minutes with Mickey: Writing a Procurement Job Description

In this podcast interview, Mickey North Rizza, Vice President, Strategic Solutions at BravoSolution, responds to the question, What should be in a job description for a procurement or supply management professional? Citing facts and figures on an upcoming skills shortage, she says CPOs must first look at what they want to accomplish.

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Commodities Market & Pricing Update: Chemicals & Plastics

Howard Rappaport, Senior Director for Chemicals with the Pricing & Purchasing Service at IHS talks to My Purchasing Center about what procurement professionals should think about when sourcing chemicals and plastics. There’s not much transparency in the market and making decisions can be tricky, he says, suggesting buyers watch energy prices and supply disruptions and remember that it’s hurricane season in the U.S.

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Latest Blog Posts

Embracing Supplier Diversity: Objectives, Resources, and Framework

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Paulo Moretti
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Minority- and women-owned businesses have grown substantially in the U.S. In 2002 and 2007, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce (through the Minority Business Development Agency) published data based on the U.S. Census; showing minority-owned businesses (5,800,000 … Read More

Procurement Ingenuity Helps Resolve Health Care Issues

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Susan Avery
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Mark C. West joined SharedClarity in 2013. He comes to the organization with 20 years of procurement experience, having held leadership positions in such organizations as UnitedHealthcare and Cleveland Clinic, as well as America West Airlines and Honeywell… Read More

Call Me Pops

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Rich Weissman
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While I have another solid decade in the workplace, I am a mentor, friend, confidant and trusted colleague. I was recently complaining that too many people were coming into my office for me to solve problems and offer advice. Then I realized that this was … Read More

Five-Year Strategic Plan Guide for Purchasing and Supply Management

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Tom DePaoli
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Long-term plans serve as a great focal point for purchasing and ensure that constant firefighting and other upsets do not overwhelm their efforts. They can serve as guides for the stages of organizational transformation that a purchasing department wants t… Read More



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What’s New in Spend Management

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The Benefits of Supplier Consolidation Extend Far Beyond Sourcing Savings

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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…