• 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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  • Profile of the MRO Procurement Professional

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  • Throughput and MRO Connected? Who Would Have Thunk It?

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Latest Articles

Fleet Management: What are the Program Options?

Source One Management Services

Attention, fleet managers: Have you ever spent an entire week tracking down personal mileage from your drivers to calculate employee fringe benefits? Do you have any high risk drivers and would like to understand their driving patterns? Do you dread the beginning of each year because you know you have to send out insurance cards to each of your drivers? Read More

Strengths and Weaknesses of Facilities Management Consultants

Source One Management Services

Procurement can quickly get this strategy off the ground by using historic data on hand as a benchmark for consultant bids during the RFP process. In addition to potential hard-dollar savings from consolidating the category and the sourcing process, procurement teams should consider soft-dollar savings as well Read More

Maverick Buying Challenge for Indirect Procurement

Susan Avery

When it comes to managing the company’s indirect spend, procurement leaders appear to have settled on an operating model—centralized or center-led. Yet some old challenges continue to plague them, including maverick buying. That’s according to new research presented in a white paper published by ProcureCon Indirect West, Gauging Indirect Spend Management, GPO Adoption, and Best Practice in 2016. Read More

Procurement Debates: Is Category Management Obsolete?

Susan Avery

Procurement and supply management professionals attending ProcureCon Indirect East in Orlando on March 6-8 will have the opportunity to listen to and weigh in on a debate on the relevancy of category management. Brian Kyle, Managing Director, Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Management at American Cancer Society, Inc., and Garry Christie, Director, Procurement at Advanced Micro Devices, are scheduled to lead the session during the 10th annual event Read More

Latest Videos

Grainger's Deb Oler

My Purchasing Center's Susan Avery talks to Deb Oler, Vice President and General Manager, Grainger, at the company's annual Show in Orlando about Grainger Town, inventory management, sustainability and innovation.

Master Lock

On display at the Master Lock booth are security padlocks and safety lock-out padlocks and devices. Todd Morrison demonstrates these products and explains how they help customers to My Purchasing Center's Susan Avery.

Honeywell Safety

At the 2012 Grainger Show, R. Donovan Baker of Honeywell Safety Products discusses OSHA compliance and cost management with My Purchasing Center's Susan Avery.

Latest Blog Posts

Alea Iacta Est. The Die is Cast

George E. Krauter
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It has always been a dilemma for me to understand why companies continue to operate their own MRO storerooms when lack of proper MRO management is a major cause of downtime, worker inefficiency and a drain on plant reliability levels. Read More

Master Data Leadership: MRO Inventory Recovered and Sustained

George E. Krauter
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Duplicate parts exist under different names, descriptions and brands. There was one plant that had AA batteries under six different names in six different storeroom locations. Why does this happen? From an overall view, it happens because of lack of attention to proper management of MRO operations. Specifically, it happens because various requisitioners set up stock units without checking to see if the same item exists in stock under a different description. Read More

Sourcing Energy in Mexico Brings Challenges for Procurement

Ana Sofia Gomez
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Since 2013, when reform opportunities began, it is still a challenge for organizations, especially procurement, to understand and evaluate the market mechanisms and options available to source energy and potential new suppliers emerging that seek to offer advisory services, design and supply of electricity. This energy reform represents many opportunities, but has also created many challenges for procurement at many companies. Read More

What’s in It for Me?

George E. Krauter
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In most cases, the MRO buyer will see 3PMRO as a process that will eliminate the buyer’s job. In the real MRO world, the MRO buyer is elevated to a higher level of supervision via managing this new process (3PMRO) that has provided new channels of profitability. The buyer’s employment level is enhanced. Read More

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