• 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

EPIC Awards Salute the Year’s Best in Procurement

Susan Avery

The Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories (EPIC) Awards is a collaboration of ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center to recognize professional achievement in procurement of complex categories such as human resources, marketing, travel, legal, professional services and many others. Read More

Distribution at Tipping Point: What Procurement Should Know

Susan Avery

More optimistic than they have been in a long time, industrial distributors now have to make decisions that could affect their competitiveness, or as procurement sees it, their relationships with customers, for years to come. Read More

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

Latest Videos

Rexam Plastic Packaging

Scott S. Vrablik, Vice President, Supply Chain Americas at Rexam Plastic Packaging, is a Grainger customer. It's his first time at the show. He's visiting suppliers and has found ideas on electricity conservation to take back to the office with him.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore is a new supplier to Grainger, says John Vanderpool, Director, New Business Development. He talks about the company's green products and how they help customers solve some of their toughest challenges.

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

Make No Mistake: Trying Something New in MRO is Worth the Risk

George E. Krauter
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Keeping the status quo is safe, especially when change is considered radical, aka MRO outsourcing. Are the benefits of change worth the risk? How would you know if you do not investigate the potentials? As Albert Einstein said, You can’t make a mistake if you do not try anything new. What if he had not tried anything new? What if he had not taken the risk? Read More

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

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