Rich Weissman

Endicott College Assistant Professor Rich Weissman teaches management courses for the School of Business and the Van Loan Graduate School. He is also the director of corporate education, which includes the Center for Leadership, Endicott’s management development institute. He is vice chair of the planning committee and also serves on the technology committee and the Institution Review Board.  A practitioner turned educator, Weissman has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of procurement and supply chain management. He has held positions with large business units of Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized contract manufacturing companies, small venture-backed Internet startup firms, and third-party procurement, consulting and strategic sourcing firms. 

Rich holds an M.S. in Management from Lesley University and a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. He is past president of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston and a recipient of the Harry J. Graham Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association.

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Cloud Burst

November 19th

Look for suppliers to begin to push some pent-up price increases. Still, inflation is non-existent, wages are steady, energy costs are down, and productivity is up. Push back. As my old boss would say when confronted by a supplier who claimed they were ris… Read More

Energy Prices, Wages Give U.S. Manufacturers Edge

November 18th

The new Google/Motorola smart phone is an example of the strength of American manufacturing. “The company is using proximity of manufacturing as a competitive advantage, and hopefully providing a model for others to follow,” says Scott Paul of the Alliance… Read More

Customer Service

October 24th

As supply chain professionals we talk, and relate, for a living. We are comfortable navigating different levels of management, different suppliers, and different cultures. It actually makes the job fun. We also engage in small talk to ease into most conver… Read More

The Economics of a Manufacturing Renaissance

October 14th

“Our focus on customer service and quality has had a definite impact and we are often better than our global competitors,” says Bruce Hamilton, President of the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership and Vice Chair of the Shingo Prize for Operational Ex… Read More

Supply Chain: Global, Visible, Important

October 13th

Rick Blasgen, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Thomas Derry, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and Alan Dunn, the APICS Board of Directors 2014 Ch… Read More

Back in the USA

September 23rd

As a contributing editor to My Purchasing Center, I want to create a series on the renaissance of American manufacturing. Read More

Supply Chain Has Larger Choice

August 30th

I like to write about corporate social responsibility issues and on more than one occasion I have signaled out UPS for the work they are doing in greening their fleet. Operationally they are a continuous case study in efficiency and process improvement. Lo… Read More

Sweet Logistics

August 9th

The first step was my introduction to logistics. I needed to sort the orders in a logical function for delivery, keeping in mind locations, divided highways, and traffic patterns. Once those were organized Vic and I loaded the truck based on the individual… Read More

Expediting Madness

July 15th

I have lost count of the times I’ve needed to expedite parts only to see them sitting on the receiving dock days after I’ve asked a supplier to work a weekend to finish an order. I’ve even moved those parts out of sight when I know the supplier is coming i… Read More

Supply Chain Management: A Very Special Topic

May 28th

My semester ended last week with the final grades being submitted for BUS 377: Special Topics: Supply Chain Management. This was the first undergraduate supply chain management class taught at my college and I was happy to develop and teach it. The course … Read More