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    The Evolving Role of Procurement in a Digitized World

    Digitization-inspired trends are reinventing the way you, as procurement professionals, interact with peers and suppliers. As your careers evolves we want to make sure you excel, especially during this period of important technology breakthroughs.

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Latest Articles

The Road to Profitability: Uber’s Play for a Driverless Future

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It’s arguably the most important legal fight of the year: Waymo, Google’s since-spun-off driverless car division, is battling Uber over allegedly pilfered trade secrets and information. The two companies are fighting in a space increasingly Read More

The Evolving Role of Procurement in a Digitized World

Dennis Bouley

Digitization is redefining the boundaries and expectations for procurement. We see it every day in the growing use of digital technologies to generate revenue, improve partnerships, and Read More

ProcureCon West Indirect Conference Highlights 2017 Sourcing Innovations

Dennis Bouley

Need to get updated on the latest trends, issues and solutions surrounding Indirect Sourcing? September 18-20 is your chance. The 7th annual ProcureCon West Indirect Sourcing Conference Read More

Top 10 Strategies for Reducing Equipment Maintenance Budgets

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Big manufacturing companies with declining sales are always under pressure to manage their costs. Maintenance is a huge expense item Read More

Latest Podcast Episodes

Buy Local and the Supply Chain: What Procurement Can Do

My Purchasing talks to Peter Cook, Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain at The Smart Cube, about the rise of nationalism and how it could affect the supply chain. As he sees it, buying local may raise cost and could be “the catalyst that accelerates innovation” leading to more automation of internal processes as procurement leaders look at where and how they source. He offers tips for going forward.

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World Price of Crude Oil Volatile: How Buyers Can Manage

Ian Buchanan, Lead Procurement Research Analyst with IBISWorld, discusses the world price of crude oil in this inteview with My Purchasing Center. In it, he first examines current prices, which have been on a downward trend, then looks at where prices are heading over the next five years. Supply and demand will come into balance, he says, putting upward pressure on prices. To close, Buchanan offers buyers suggestions for managing the coming price volatility.

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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.

Latest Blog Posts

Unforced Errors…Unforced Costs

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George E. Krauter
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In the world of sports, reference is made to unforced errors that add to the reasons for losses. In tennis, an unforced error occurs when a ball SHOULD be returned to an opponent. However, when it Read More

The Reality of Generational Differences in the Workplace Part Three - We’ll Cross that Bridge When We Come to It

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Jim Baehr
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“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” is the wrong answer for any Supply Management organization that’s pondering its future state. There is real risk Read More

How Spend Management Platforms are Facilitating a Transition to Data Driven Procurement

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Dennis Bouley
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Disruptive trends are impacting the procurement supply chain in a big way. One of those trends Read More

Professionals, Professionalism and Procurement

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Jim Baehr
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This isn’t intended to be an admonishment; however, in conversations with sales types, they continually express vexation with procurement professionals. Maybe this isn’t new. Maybe this is an age-old problem. One thing for certain is that “collaborative re… Read More



Supplier Profiles

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

Sourcing Strategies Group

The Sourcing Strategies Group (SSG) was founded on the basis of being able to assemble the experience and expertise that can help Supply Management organizations achieve new levels of effectiveness, and value creation. 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

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Procurement Party like 1999

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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…