My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2016

By Susan Avery

December 18, 2016 at 12:43 PM

At My Purchasing Center, procurement and supply management professionals are reading articles and blogs that help them gauge their performance compared to their peers. They are also especially interested in price forecasts for commodities such as steel and nonferrous metals and chemicals. 

Among the most-read on the My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2016 are three written by Paulo Moretti, Principal at The articles are: Measuring Purchasing MaturityPurchasing Risk Management Tool and Chemicals Price Forecasting

image top 10 smaller image.jpgOther articles that make the annual My Purchasing Center list that help procurement professionals succeed at their jobs include a report on The Hackett Group’s 2016 Procurement Key Issues Study and a procurement benchmarking metric contributed by APQC, Cycle Time in Hours to Place a Purchase Order. Both The Hackett Group and APQC are regular contributors to My Purchasing Center.

The list would not be complete without two other widely read pieces. One is on the steel market; the other looks at nonferrous metals prices for 2016. An article by My Purchasing Center Contributor Beroe, Inc., on capital equipment spending also caught readers' attention. 

Posted in the past 12 months, these articles complement other all-time My Purchasing Center “best reads” including How to Prepare for a Procurement Job Interview by Kevin Rohan of J.P. Canon, Category Management: Beyond the “Strategic” in Strategic Sourcing by Pierre Mitchell when he was with The Hackett Group; Best Advice on MRO Inventory Management: Just Start and Metrics for Purchasing: A Framework that Works, by Paulo Moretti.

To put together the My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2016, we consider the most-read articles and blogs posted on the site in the previous year (and which did not make the list in 2015). 

The My Purchasing Center Top 10 Procurement Articles in 2016 are:  

  1. Steel Price Forecast for 2016
  2. 5 Trends Impacting Procurement Professionals in 2016
  3. Purchasing Risk Management Tool by Paulo Moretti
  4. Measuring Purchasing Maturity by Paulo Moretti
  5. Six Levers to Transform CapEx Procurement  by Suchismita Dhal, Lead Analyst at Beroe
  6. Chemicals Price Forecasting by Paulo Moretti
  7. Procurement Priorities for 2016
  8. Nonferrous Metals Price Forecast for 2016
  9. Cycle Time in Hours to Place a Purchase Order: Faster, Faster, Faster by APQC
  10. Buying New Equipment for a Low, Low Price? Trust, But Verify by Chris Schrader, IT Parts Specialist, at Flash Global  

A Look Back 

Early in the year, My Purchasing Center, partnering with ProcureCon, presented the 2016 Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Awards at the ProcureCon Indirect East event in Orlando. Joseph R. Postiglione, Associate Vice President--Global Procurement at the National Basketball Association, received the 2016 EPIC Career Award and one of the procurement teams at Mondelez International earned the 2016 EPIC Team Award. We cover this program extensively at My Purchasing Center, with articles, podcast interviews and blogs. We are pleased once again this year to be presenting the 2017 EPIC Awards at ProcureCon Indirect East March 6-8 in Orlando. We hope to see you there! 

In the following months, My Purchasing Center editors, bloggers and contributors reported on such topics as supply chain risk management, group purchasing organizations and offshoring. 

Bloggers new to the editorial team in 2016 are Jim Baehr and Anup Varghese. Baehr is the Lead at Sourcing Strategies Group LLC. Most recently, he’s blogged on procurement and the Great Recession, in a series of “before” and “after" posts. Varghese, a post-graduate student at Oxford University, has writes on current events and the supply chain, including recent articles on Brexit and Hanjin’s bankruptcy

We welcome Charles Dominick, President of Next Level Purchasing Association, to our team of bloggers and contributors. Among his posts is Social Responsibility Changes Procurement. In related articles, My Purchasing Center reported the results of the NLPA annual salary survey and covered the professional association’s conference in October. 

Other events we attended and wrote articles about include ISM2016 and the New England Supply Chain Conference

In 2016, we partnered with Procurious. The social networking site for procurement professionals will be contributing one or two articles each month in the new year. And we expect to be working more with the NAPCP, the association for commercial card and payment professionals. Watch for articles on purchasing cards and the procure-to-pay process. 

As you may have noticed, in the past year we began to cover more procurement and supply management news and information in podcast interviews. Our podcast, hosted by Contributing Editor Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi, was recognized in 2016, earning a spot on the Camcode list of Top Logistics Podcasts: 50 Informative Podcasts on Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Transport, and All Things Logistics. Congratulations, Nikita!

Thank You

We like to take this opportunity to thank all the bloggers, contributors and partners who support our online publication with editorial content. Among the contributors we’d like to acknowledge at this time are Source One Management Services, IBIS World, The Hackett Group, The Smart Cube, Vantage Partners and Beroe, Inc. 

We'd also like to call out George Krauter, Jim Baehr, Tom DePaoli, Rich Weissman and all the My Purchasing Center Guest Bloggers.  

We can’t forget the My Purchasing Center Editorial Advisory Board whose members provide editorial direction and valued advice to our team, with some volunteering their time to serve on the EPIC Awards judging panel. Thank you for your continued support of My Purchasing Center. Also important to us are the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) affiliates and groups whose websites we host at My Purchasing Center. Thank you all!

Finally, we are especially grateful for our advertisers who make My Purchasing Center possible by sponsoring webcasts, white papers and newsletters--and the procurement and supply management professionals who regularly visit My Purchasing Center to read articles and blogs, download white papers, view videos, listen to podcasts, participate in webcasts, shop the bookstore and follow us on social media--especially on Twitter and in our LinkedIn group.

If we missed anyone who contributes to the success of My Purchasing Center, it’s not intentional. We greatly appreciate your support. 

The My Purchasing Center team is excited about 2017, planning our editorial for the days ahead, and we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think and what you want to see at My Purchasing Center in the months ahead. To do so, please respond to this blog or contact us by email at

Happy Holidays!






Tags: purchasing Supply chain management Careers Procurement sourcing
Category: Blog Post

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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