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    Future Faces: A Look at Procurement in 2025

    In an effort to explore “the art of the possible”, we interviewed 25 senior chief procurement officers and executives, asking them what they believed the future state of procurement might look like in 25 years.

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Latest Articles

Five Tips for Managing the Marketing Spend with E-Sourcing and E-Procurement

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It has been said that using e-procurement to manage the marketing spend is transformative: It turns marketers into accountants! A vice president of shopper marketing at a large consumer products company once told me that she was even considering purchasing green visors for her marketers given how much time they spent trying to fit the spend into the company’s e-procurement system Read More

Mining for Savings: Sourcing Takes Team Approach

Susan Avery

An economic downturn brings out the worst in some companies. They beat up suppliers to slash prices or delay payments damaging valuable relationships. A downturn can bring out the best. These companies take a good, hard look at current purchasing practices and put in place the people and processes that help reduce cost and improve efficiency over the long term. Read More

Can Walmart's 'Made in America' Campaign Last?

ThomasNet News

Back in August, Walmart hosted a Manufacturing Summit, after a company-wide meeting with its store managers. At the Denver event, Walmart’s leadership -- everyone from company president Doug McMillon to Michelle Gloeckler, executive vice president of consumables and head of U.S. manufacturing -- reinforced the company’s commitment to bringing the manufacturing of the products it sells back to U.S. soil. Read More

Certification, Networking Help Advance Procurement Careers

Susan Avery

How does professional certification help a graduate of a global supply chain management program in his or her career? “Professional certification demonstrates to potential employers that you know how to apply the knowledge you acquired. It will give you a leg up over someone who doesn’t have it," says Jan Miller, Vice President, Membership, at the Institute for Supply Management, in Tempe, Ariz. 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

Peer Pressure Helps Drive Down Costs for Procurement

“By encouraging people to behave in more cost-effective ways, it’s possible to reduce average cost without having to negotiate price, especially when consumption is at the discretion of the user,” Rod Sherkin, President, ProPurchaser, tells My Purchasing Center’s Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi. He’s thinking hotel rooms, rental cars and the like. Suppliers can help, he says, by providing procurement with reports on consumption.

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Purchase Price Variance as Procurement Measure?

Using PPV as a metric sends a message to procurement to beat up suppliers, Jimmy Anklesaria of the Anklesaria Group tells My Purchasing Center. “I’m ashamed of CFOs who demand 5-6% price reductions year on year,” he says. “Great leaders in procurement push aside outdated measures and focus on what’s right for the business.” He shares a couple of these right metrics in the podcast.

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Latest Blog Posts

Peer Pressure, Prices and Procurement

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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“Using a peer pressure approach in procurement does not prevent you from spending when you need to, but encourages saving when you have the option to do so,” says Rod Sherkin, President, ProPurchaser, in an interview with My Purchasing Center. Read More

Collaborate or Negotiate: Relationships Key for Procurement Success

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Martin Ertl
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I’ve been having a lot of conversations recently on the issue of building better business relationships through collaboration. While it’s fair to say that relationships are a key part of anyone’s success, these days it seems especially relevant to procurem… Read More

Xeeva Looks at MRO and Indirect Procurement in Different Way

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“Our professional services folks were down in the trenches, sleeves rolled up with corporate procurement teams helping them to analyse indirect and MRO spending patterns, identify and prioritize cost savings opportunities, execute on sourcing activities an… Read More

Confident about Economy, Procurement Concerned about Steel Prices

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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“When the 2015 contract season wraps up, most of those price increases will be realized, as most of the companies under contract have not absorbed the increase yet,” Prime Advantage's Mike McDonald tells My Purchasing Center. “For example, aluminum prices … Read More



  • 5 Tips for Managing the Marketing Spend w/E-Sourcing & E-Procurement, a peek into a roundtable at ProcureCon Nov. 12: http://t.co/360syR8jFA
  • Thank you to all for nominations for our 2015 Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) Awards. The review process begins!
  • A new story of #procurement transformation at My Purchasing Center, Mining for Savings: Sourcing Takes Team Approach: http://t.co/nQAxpsVLaR

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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…

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…