• Centralize or Decentralize Procurement?

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    Centralize or Decentralize Procurement?

    Consider a new hybrid procurement operation called “regional central procurement.” With this model, procurement decisions are centralized in the region where most of the operations and suppliers are located, not at the company’s headquarters.

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Latest Articles

Auto Plastics Future Is in Biomaterials and Nanotechnology

ThomasNet News

The global automotive plastics industry is experiencing strong growth. A recent Grand View Research report predicts the auto plastics market will reach $41.5 billion by 2020. The boom is due to a combination of increased global demand for autos, the need for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles that meet regulations such as the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), and breakthroughs in material science. Read More

What's Next for World-Class Procurement

John Hall

CEOs and CFOs are looking to their procurement organizations to focus more deeply upon supplier relationship management, innovation in product design, and other things they haven’t explored deeply before. Read More

Late Payments Hit Small Suppliers, Economy Hard

Susan Avery

Basware Pay connects buyers’ and suppliers’ payment processes. Suppliers’ invoices are sent via the Basware Commerce Network (which connects 1 million companies across 100 countries), approved by the buyer and once approved become available for payment through a virtual MasterCard account number. The supplier receives an early payment while the buyer typically has extended payment terms. According to Basware and MasterCard, both parties benefit from richer settlement data and full process and payment visibility. Read More

P-Card Program Managers, Administrators Earn More in the Corporate Sector

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The sector that a Purchasing Card Program Manager (PM) or Program Administrator (PA) works in can have an impact on their salary, according to a comprehensive salary survey from the NAPCP. 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

The Dreaded Letter--and What You Can Do about It

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Rod Sherkin
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You know the one I mean, it goes something like this: ”We regret to announce that our prices will increase by 3% effective immediately. Rest assured we have held off as long possible, but our own costs for (raw materials, energy, labor – pick one) have ris… Read More

Are You Addressing Problems with Contract Management?

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Tim Cummins
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Governments are now committing significant resources to improving their contracting capabilities. It seems the public sector is actually starting to out-strip most private sector companies in its grasp of the importance of contract management in today's bu… Read More

43 Years and Barely a Dent

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George E. Krauter
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Basically, the results clearly show that no matter how companies achieve sophisticated “state of the art” manufacturing processes and are leaders in providing precision futuristic products to their markets, they “put up” with MRO situations that detract fr… Read More

How to Prepare for a Procurement Job Interview

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Kevin Rohan
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There are so many variables to every interview scenario that a job seeker is often confused about how best to prepare. Many aspects of the interview process are out of the job seeker’s control. Because of this, we recommend that the best way to prepare for… Read More



  • The Dreaded Letter & What Buyers Can Do about It, a blog post by ProPurchaser's Rod Sherkin at My Purchasing Center: http://t.co/420jsLWvEY
  • Have you read our new article, What's Next for World-Class #Procurement? http://t.co/bD13Osx6Q4
  • 43 Years and Barely Making a Dent blog looks at the state of MRO materials management: bit./y/1uLLM5t. Why haven't we been able to fix MRO?

Supplier Profiles


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


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

Sponsored Articles

What’s New in Spend Management

Spend management encompasses the entire purchasing lifecycle—from sourcing goods and selecting suppliers to setting up contracts and paying suppliers—and helps buyers take a holistic view of procurement from a competitive vantage point. That’s the definition of spend management we use to develop…

Supplier Governance Made Easy, Powerful and Complete

Large corporations perform supplier governance for strategic services in silos – segregated by department, contract, geography or type of service. Where governance processes exist, they are largely manual, often performed by poorly trained and insufficient staff through various incompatible systems,…

The Benefits of Supplier Consolidation Extend Far Beyond Sourcing Savings

Consolidating suppliers within specific supply markets is a proven strategy to concentrate buying power and reduce purchase prices. The activity can be taken further, though, especially within non-production (indirect) spending areas. By simplifying and automating interactions with preferred supplie…

Beyond the Boundaries of Sourcing-Category Managers Emerge as Leaders

Let’s call 2020 the Year of the Category Manager. By then, more companies will turn to these leaders in Procurement for their expertise at developing corporate strategy—and those with skilled Category Managers on their teams will have an edge on the competition.That’s the thinking of the CPOs, P…