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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Procurement Looks at Spend in New and Different Ways

October 12th

Perhaps Christina Ruggiero, Chief Procurement Officer at Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, says it best: “I don’t want to be the square on the bow tie.” Ruggiero was speaking about procurement’s role in connecting internal stakeholders with suppliers through tec… Read More

Procurement: Internet of Things Technology to Have Impact

October 9th

Procurement executives see predictive analytics and the Internet of Things as revolutionary for the supply chain, with many expecting the technologies to have a major impact. That’s according to results of Xchanging’s 2015 Global Procurement Study which fo… Read More

Manufacturing Economy “at Soft Point”

October 2nd

At 50.2%, the PMI is down 0.9 percentage points from the August reading and is at the lowest point of the year, but it also indicates that manufacturing is growing and has been for 33 consecutive months. A PMI reading above 50% means the manufacturing econ… Read More

Indirect Procurement on Radar at Midsized Manufacturers

October 1st

Generally optimistic about revenues and employment, procurement executives at midsized manufacturers are demanding flexibility and responsiveness in supply chains. That’s according to results of the 14th Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey of U.S. manufact… Read More

Cox Communications Sourcing Team Builds Center of Excellence

October 1st

It’s no secret that world-class companies sometimes work with consultants to transform procurement or take the function to the next level. Many are successful at partnering with these firms; together they deliver value in cost savings and other benefits to… Read More

Tradeshift Buy Does Away with Catalogs, Maverick Spend

September 30th

Tradeshift, the global network and platform that connects buyers and suppliers, introduced “a new corporate buying experience” at ProcureCon Indirect West in Phoenix recently. According to the company, Tradeshift® Buy is an all-in-one integrated solution d… Read More

Outsource Logistics? It’s a Tough Decision

September 29th

From reporting on the procurement and supply profession for more than 25 years, I know that the word “outsourcing” used to have scary connotations for some. But, as the procurement function transforms into a strategic value-add for manufacturing and other … Read More

Prices? Forecasts? What Information Does Procurement Need Most?

September 25th

It’s time once again for our readership survey. We want to know you better and what you think of My Purchasing Center, the online publication for procurement and supply management professionals. Read More

Author Introduces Sourcing Business Models to ISM-Greater Boston

September 24th

ISM-Greater Boston began its 2015-16 year with a bang. Its first member meeting featured as presenter Bonnie J. Keith, President of The Forefront Group and one of the authors of the soon-to-be published book, Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business M… Read More

Manufacturing Economy Continues to Grow Modestly

September 1st

“Some would say lackluster, but I would say modest,” said Bradley J. Holcomb, Chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, of growth in the manufacturing economy based on the PMI for August 2015 released on September 1. As he does each month, … Read More