Susan Avery

Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and 

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Listening Skill Leads to 2016 EPIC Career Award

April 28th

The 2016 Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Career Award recipient possesses the quality of a strong leader, and, for sports fans, he manages the procurement team for a professional sports organization. The 2016 EPIC Career Award recipient is Jos… Read More

Purchasing Salaries Hint Women May Soon Earn as Much as Men

April 14th

Analyzing the data on salary a bit differently this year shows a long-standing pay disparity may be disappearing, Charles Dominick, Founder, President and Chief Procurement Officer, at NLPA, tells My Purchasing Center. Although Millennials now make up the… Read More

Procurement Priorities for 2016

March 31st

Managing costs is always procurement’s responsibility, and, in uncertain times, it is the priority. Such is the case currently as reported in The Hackett Group’s 2016 Procurement Key Issues Study. The study also finds procurement leaders continue to place … Read More

Procurement at a Crossroads: Choices for the Profession

March 8th

Decisions procurement professionals make about their careers individually and collectively have an effect on the future, Jon Hansen and Kelly Barner write in their new book Procurement at a Crossroads: Career-Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Indu… Read More

Nonferrous Metals Price Forecast for 2016

February 29th

Analysts who watch the market for aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin and zinc see prices hitting bottom and say procurement professionals considering purchasing metals may want to buy now—or they could wait. Nonferrous metals prices are heading up, but th… Read More

2016 EPIC Awards Recognize Indirect Procurement Value

February 23rd

My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon presented six EPIC Awards to procurement and supply professionals at the 2016 ProcureCon Indirect East event in Orlando recently. Founded four years ago, the Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Category Awards recognize pr… Read More

Consider Costs Before Negotiating Paper Packaging Prices

February 15th

To understand what drives prices--and price increases--and push back against any hikes, buyers need to understand the cost structure of the product. For instance, if pulp rises by 5% it will not translate into a 5% increase in paper packaging because pulp … Read More

Jim Shuman Joins Matchbook as Senior Procurement Strategic Advisor

February 14th

Matchbook, Inc., a company specializing in procurement and strategic sourcing for biotech companies, has named Jim Shuman as Senior Procurement Strategic Advisor. Jim brings nearly 25 years of experience in supply chain, logistics and sourcing and procurem… Read More

2016 Business Travel Price Forecast: Airfare Stable; Hotel Rates Rise

January 26th

In 2016, travel procurement professionals are seeing airfares hold steady despite low oil prices, hotel room rates climb due to increased demand, and more competition for their business from auto rental and other transportation services companies. Read More

Strategic Sourcing and SRM Conference Offers Perspectives for Procurement Success

January 25th

The Conference Board’s 12th Annual Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management Conference promises a rousing start. The event, which takes place March 29-30 at Loyola University, begins with a pre-conference workshop, “Mastering the Softer Side… Read More