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    Tin Prices Rise

    Propurchaser News Services: Tin for delivery in 3 months rose $400 (2.8%) to close at $14,625 per metric ton ($6.63 per pound) in London earlier today.

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  • 2016 EPIC Awards Competition Now Open

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Latest Articles

Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain: Best Practices and Business Drivers

The Hackett Group

The shift to a sustainable supply chain typically requires a sizable upfront investment as well as a significant change in the culture of the organization. However, current research indicates that the business case for more sustainable business operations is quite strong. The noted benefits include the ability to reduce costs significantly with the potential to increase revenue through innovation and enhanced market demand. Read More

ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center Open the 2016 EPIC Awards Competition

Susan Avery

ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Awards. The deadline is October 30, 2015. The two will present the 2016 EPIC Awards at a luncheon ceremony during ProcureCon Indirect East in Orlando February 22-24, 2016. ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center founded the EPIC Awards in 2013 to recognize procurement and supply professionals who demonstrate excellence at managing indirect spend categories. Read More

Sourcing Strategies for Price Volatility

IBISWorld, Inc.

Hearing the phrase “price volatility” can make any procurement professional feel uneasy. Volatility in the prices of products and services that companies use can lead to supply disruptions, as well as complicate price negotiations and the purchasing process. Moreover, price volatility is not native to any one industry Read More

Networking? Ask One More Question

Guest Editor

While networking preparation is a key component, it’s also important to remember that the best conversations happen when we allow for a natural, unscripted flow. Our prepared questions should serve as a guide. If we try to control the conversation too much, we may actually miss opportunities to connect and learn. We could miss out on the unexpected. 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

Outsource to Mexico? Focus on Production and Quality Control

With due diligence, a manufacturing plant with 50 workers can succeed in Mexico, Scott Stanley, Senior Vice President at North American Production Sharing (NAPS), tells Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi in this podcast that examines some of the things procurement leaders need to think about when considering outsourcing. Stanley also shares ways to reduce some of the complexity involved in making a move.

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China Devalues Currency: Five Tips for Procurement Leaders

My Purchasing Center talks to Bill Michels, Founder and CEO of Aripart Consulting, about how what’s happening with the Chinese economy may affect procurement in North America and steps to take to help manage supply chain risk. Michels puts the economic news in perspective, lays out his advice in five manageable steps and explains why it may be best for procurement to prepare for the worse.

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Latest Blog Posts

Manufacturing Economy Continues to Grow Modestly

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Susan Avery
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“Some would say lackluster, but I would say modest,” said Bradley J. Holcomb, Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, of growth in the manufacturing economy based on the PMI for August 2015 released on September 1. As he does each month, … Read More

Currency Devaluation May Impact Supply Chain: What Procurement Can Do

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Susan Avery
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We caught up recently with Bill Michels, CEO at Aripart Consulting, to see if he would make sense of the business and economic news coming out of China for our us here at My Purchasing Center. Michels, as many of you know, is a purchasing and supply chain … Read More

ISM-Greater Boston Holds Virtual Roundtable on Pcards

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Susan Avery
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ISM-Greater Boston members who took their lunch hour together online recently got the opportunity to share knowledge and experience of implementing and using purchasing card programs. Agreeing that it was an hour well spent, these leaders in procurement an… Read More

Bayer MaterialScience Introduces Manufacturer Partner program

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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My Purchasing Center conversed with the Global Head of Textile Coatings at Bayer MaterialScience Nicholas Smith about the new waterborne and solvent-free polyurethane coating technology for textiles, INSQIN®, with a Partner Manufacturer Program that seeks … 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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A New Model for Estimating Carbon Emissions from LTL Shipments

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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…