By Susan Avery
As the My Purchasing Center team prepares to head to Orlando next week for the 96th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, it’s probably a good time to look at what’s been happening and what’s ahead for the site.
It’s been nearly three months since our launch in late February. Since then, My Purchasing Center has added a writer and blogger to the editorial team. Rich Weissman, who has worked in purchasing, has started to write about electronics sourcing. Our new blogger is Brent Ray.
My Purchasing Center has entered into partnerships with the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals and the Global Business Travel Association. We’ve posted articles on purchasing card fraud and supplier acceptance of purchasing cards by the NAPCP, and shortly you’ll see articles and video from the GBTA as well. We will soon announce the addition of another purchasing research/analyst partner, joining our current partners ADR North America, Vantage Partners, A.T. Kearney, Hackett Group and Forrester.
We’ve held a live debate on the economy and a live discussion on what makes a good supplier with two members of our editorial advisory board, John MacLean of American Airlines and David Butler of Philips Home Health Solutions. We also have a couple of ideas for live debates in the works, one on inventory--is it time to start thinking about building? and one perhaps on indirect/MRO sourcing. Also ahead: Podcasts, webcasts and more video.
We’ve joined forces with one of our advertisers, OfficeMax, to develop a new study on office products sourcing that focuses in on purchasing’s relationship with suppliers. When you have a few minutes, please complete the OfficeMax Purchasing Survey. Your responses will help us create a valuable resource for benchmarking which we will post on the site.
Most important, our readership and traffic to the site continues to grow. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support.
If you’re at the ISM conference next week be sure to stop by booth 708 to meet the My Purchasing Center team and hear our news first hand. Meanwhile, we’re always curious to know what you think of the site, so let us know by responding to this blog.
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 Purchasing.com.
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