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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Manufacturing Economy Pauses in November

December 3rd

“This is a particularly good month to look more deeply behind the headline number of the PMI, said Bradley J. Holcomb, Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, on Manufacturing Talk Radio recently. “There is a lot behind the number each mo… Read More

Recruiting Talent a Priority for Today’s CPO

December 2nd

New hires who can sell the function internally, listen and understand colleagues in other areas of the organization and bring forth new ideas of suppliers to resolve nagging issues have become extremely valuable to the procurement team. That’s according to… Read More

True Value of Supplier Diversity App is in What Buyers Do with Information

December 2nd

We’ve long been supporters of procurement practitioners, particularly at manufacturing companies, increasing spending with diversity suppliers. We find especially interesting stories of procurement teams that along the way help to develop capabilities of i… Read More

Predictable Payment Critical for Procurement, Supplier Relationships

November 24th

Late payment has consequences not only for suppliers, but procurement as well, says Basware CEO Esa Tihilä in a new My Purchasing Center podcast. In the interview, Tihilä discusses results of a new company survey that looks at the impact of attitudes on ea… Read More

Steel Price Forecast for 2016

November 23rd

Steel buyers accustomed to prices falling in 2015 better not get used to it. It appears steel prices are going to stay about where they are for a while. That’s good news for buyers who purchase steel in North America. While prices may rise another $30 to … Read More

AmeriQuest Business Services Names Reggie Peterson Director of Indirect Products

November 16th

AmeriQuest Business Services has named Reggie Peterson Director of Indirect Products. Peterson, a 20-year veteran of supply chain management, will lead the company’s growth of its indirect procurement offering that helps organizations better manage their p… Read More

Polypropylene Price Forecast: Forget History

November 5th

In a new podcast, Howard Rappaport, Senior Director for Chemicals with the Pricing and Purchasing Service at IHS, shares his reading of the U.S. markets and pricing expectations for propylene and polypropylene. He also offers some purchasing tips for buyer… Read More

Window Film Lesson for Procurement: When Needed Most, It Works Best

November 4th

“Window film has an impact on peak energy demand as well as year-round energy use,” says Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the International Window Film Association. “The two big hits for commercial buildings are reduction in peak demand and conservati… Read More

What's Wrong with E-Procurement?

October 27th

As Amy Fong of The Hackett Group sees it, the best way for procurement leaders to improve spend compliance is a good, easy requisitioner experience. Her philosophy is “to make it easy for people to do the right thing and hard to do the wrong thing. Compani… Read More

Procurement Earned A- Grade, Then Oil Prices Dropped

October 23rd

At some companies, lower oil prices are putting tremendous pressures on procurement teams and their relationships with suppliers, Jimmy Anklesaria, CEO at The Anklesaria Group, tells My Purchasing Center in a new podcast interview. “The CEO’s expectations … Read More