• 2017 EPIC Awards to Honor the Best of Indirect Procurement

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    2017 EPIC Awards to Honor the Best of Indirect Procurement

    Continuing the tradition of honoring the best in indirect procurement, ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center have opened the competition for the 2017 EPIC Awards. The two are accepting nominations for six EPIC Awards: Career, Individual, Team, Rising Star, Innovator and Supplier. 

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  • Will Hanjin's Bankruptcy Cause Freight Rates to Rise?

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Latest Articles

Peeling Back the Stakeholder Interview Process

Source One Management Services

To properly source any category, you have to not only understand the category itself but also fully understand the specific needs of your stakeholders –their requirements and to some extent even preferences. As a procurement consultant, I find stakeholder interviews to be a crucial and valuable part of the strategic sourcing process. Collecting this qualitative data in additional to your quantitative spend data lays the foundation for an effecting sourcing strategy. Read More

The Top Five Advantages of Earning a Logistics Degree

Guest Editor

From logistics software operations and logistics engineering to management roles in warehouses and transportation, there’s no lack of logistics career variety. Across the board, logisticians play a crucial role in eliminating inefficiencies and reducing costs from production, shipment and distribution. Read More

Percentage of Purchase Value from Certified Vendors


The practice of using certified vendors helps organizations mitigate risk by using audits and review processes to increase the likelihood that purchases will meet critical requirements. APQC’s research has revealed that, when working with certified vendors, top performers regularly evaluate supplier capacity and capability to ensure a good match to requirements. Read More

Procuring Managed Print Services: The Most Efficient Approach

Beroe Inc.

While most Fortune 500 companies have started procuring managed print services worldwide, enterprises have little visibility of best practices and negotiation methodologies followed during the procurement process. Managed print services have evolved from a simple CPP (cost per page model) to different models like Base + Click and Base + Consumables. Read More

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.

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.

Latest Podcast Episodes

The Film Deepwater Horizon Draws Attention to Contractor Risk

My Purchasing Center’s Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi talks to Jared Smith, Co-Founder of Avetta, about risk companies incur when doing business with contractors. Using the film Deepwater Horizon as backdrop, Smith addresses the trend toward outsourcing and the risks of contractors working together to accomplish a common goal. He offers tips for procurement teams to use to vet contractors.

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The 2016 Holidays: What Shippers Need to Know in the Northeast

The National Retail Federation is forecasting a busy holiday shopping season. My Purchasing Center talks to Randy Swart, COO at A. Duie Pyle, a transportation and logistics provider in the Northeast, about what that means for shippers. Carriers have to contend with congested roadways and inclement weather as they get products to store shelves on time. Swart has helpful tips: “It’s all about the relationship,” he says.

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Latest Blog Posts

Big Procurement Ideas Can Lead to Business Success

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Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi
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Procurement’s stature in a company has evolved to the point where it can have an impact on the success of the business. Gabe Perez, Vice President of Strategy and Market Development at Coupa Software, addressed this concept during the Procurious Career Boo… Read More

One Way to Improve Morale and Productivity

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Rick Bender
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Even if your budget or space don’t allow for big-time perks such as a gym, you should be giving your employees something on the job. Everyone likes something for free, and coffee provides many benefits beyond that. As one of the most widely consumed bevera… Read More

Not What Was Expected

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Jim Baehr
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What do suppliers think of Supplier Relationship Management? It became painfully apparent that the Sales contingent in the audience wasn’t buying into the purpose and value of SRM. “It doesn’t work.” “It’s not what the Purchasing people do.” The harshest … Read More

Predictive Analytics Can Provide Insight into Procurement Processes

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Rick Bender
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Harnessing the power of big data is leading to greater opportunities for companies to predict market trends, spending, consumer behavior and supply chain needs. This type of data mining is known as predictive analytics, and it can change the way you make b… 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


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


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

Sponsored Articles

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…

Procurement Party like 1999

A comprehensive study done by AT Kearney in late 2014 showed that 75 percent of procurement organizations have not improved their productivity since 2011. This seems hard to believe given procurement’s constant push for efficiency gains, declining commodity prices, and the rise of technology designe…

Must Have Information for Every Strategic Sourcing Manager

As we move into a 2016, it’s a safe prediction that buzzwords will continue to dominate the business world. 'Strategic sourcing' is one buzzword that has permeated the procurement function for the past 20 years, but is often hard to describe. Almost every large procurement organization claims to be …

U.S.-Mexico Shipping Options

Abstract: Understanding what can happen at the U.S.-Mexico border with your truckload shipments could impact the decisions you make—and whether or not you will actually get what you pay for. By reviewing the process and your options, you will be able to develop better, more efficient strategies to …