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    Developing Supply Chain Entrepreneurs at Appvion

    Making that idea a reality was the job of the supply chain group and others. From supply chain, it took talented procurement professionals, insight into the market and the broader economy and skill at managing relationships with suppliers

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Latest Articles

Future Faces of Procurement: Relationship Brokers

Guest Editor

A procurement manager may be first assigned to a larger supplier that provides multiple products and services to the entire organization. Or they might be assigned to an emerging technology group that is focused on tracking new innovations that can align with the internal technology product roadmap. Finally, they might be relegated to a largely external role as a cost analyst, Read More

Hospital Buyers Consider Auctions to Manage Costs

John Hall

It’s no surprise that healthcare materials managers and purchasing agents are being asked to do more with less. Even those who have become extremely savvy and tough-as-nails negotiators are now exploring alternative methods to streamline their current process and get lower prices on the tens of thousands of products and services required to run an average hospital. Read More

Top-Performing Procurement Organizations Understand and Act on Role

Susan Avery

“CPOs need to realize they have immense value,” says Matt McGovern, Market Segment Manager, IBM Procurement and Contract Management Solutions. “The CPO study shows that enterprises that understand the value of procurement are successful. It’s not just sales or business development that can bring in new ideas that add top-line growth.” Read More

Developing Supply Chain Entrepreneurs at Appvion

Susan Avery

When Matt Stites, Executive Director--Supply Chain at Appvion in Appleton, Wisc., joined the company in 2008, Appvion was Appleton Papers, the economy was in the midst of the Great Recession and, with a proliferation of tablets and smart phones, the paper industry was beginning to undergo some fundamental changes. While at the time many were thinking that a downturn in the paper industry was cyclical, Stites and the executive team at Appleton had a different idea. 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

Digi-Key Partners with Mentor Graphics to Offer Design Tools

In this podcast interview, Digi-Key’s Randall Restle talks about the company’s relationship with Mentor Graphics and some of the new products it now offers. He also shares his thoughts with My Purchasing Center’s Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi about a critical internal relationship, that between engineering and procurement.

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Procurement’s Role in Attracting Millennials to the Workplace

Talented younger workers like their tablets and their mobility. They want work to be a fun experience. Company perks can help recruit and retain them, but who’s responsible for purchasing the smart phones and lunches? Ivalua’s Amol Joshi tells My Purchasing Center that procurement, with HR, has a role in helping control the buy and make it cost effective.

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Latest Blog Posts

Up Like a Rocket and Down Like a Feather

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Rich Weissman
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How many of your suppliers are still adding a fuel surcharge to your invoices? How about the latest price increase justified due to $115 per barrel of oil? The cost basis for your orders has changed dramatically in the past couple of months. How many of yo… Read More

Digi-Key: Best Relationships Strike the Right Balance

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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We recently spoke with Randall Restle, Director, Applications Engineering at Digi-Key Corp., about relationships--a new product offering with Mentor Graphics and where he sees this collaboration heading as well as the partnership between engineering and pr… Read More

The Value of Being There, Being Early

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George E. Krauter
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It is written and a scientifically proven fact that 80% of the value created via networking comes from individuals who are referred to as “loose ties," often from an acquaintance, supplier, client, and, in this case, a complete stranger tied to the Temple … Read More

My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2014

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Susan Avery
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To put together the My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2014, we consider only the articles and blogs we posted on the site in the past 12 months. These pieces cover such topics as procurement in 2025, risk mitigation and ethics. Readers al… 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


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

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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…