Purchasing Articles

Procurement Talent: A Different Type of Materials Man or Woman

Guest Editor

An interesting proposition that is evolving is that procurement executives may be pulled from multiple other areas in the organization, based on where they are needed. One area of potential recruitment is from the marketing and business development area. In effect, the same set of skills is prevalent, albeit from a different perspective. Read More

Supply Chains at Risk from West Coast Ports Crisis

John Hall

It may take months before the full impact of the situation is felt or measured. For now, however, importers and exporters are taking a huge hit, and supply chains serving consumer goods, auto and electronic parts and, of course, produce markets are getting disrupted and rattled. Read More

Procurement Positioned as Leader

Susan Avery

Every leader in procurement has a take on the role of procurement. Perhaps Carol Danoff, Chief Procurement Officer at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, says it best: “Procurement is uniquely positioned to lead a company through the turbulence of the years ahead.” Danoff gave a keynote presentation at ProcureCon Indirect East. More than 300 leaders in procurement attended the conference held recently in Orlando. Read More

Former P&G CPO Rick Hughes Joins GEP

Susan Avery

At GEP, Hughes is advising organizations worldwide on procurement transformation, organizational development, supply innovation, global risk management and other strategic issues related to procurement and supply chain management. Read More

The Procurement Job Interview: How to Stand out from the Pack

Guest Editor

As a former recruiter, I believe that sharing the reality of what happens behind the scenes in the recruiter’s world will help the candidate be better prepared to deal with post-interview challenges of Read More

Challenges Buyers Face in Sourcing Industrial Inkjet Printers in Latin America

Beroe Inc.

This white paper addresses the sourcing strategies to be adopted by companies to decide between engaging directly with an OEM of industrial inkjet printer machines or through an integrator that does a software/hardware addition to the machine originally manufactured by an OEM in North America or the European Union for the Latin American region. Read More

Decoupling: A Path to Reducing Advertising Production Costs

Source One Management Services

Gaining enhanced visibility into spend is a common goal for procurement departments—that’s a no brainer. But what happens when the consolidation trend you’ve always known in purchasing shifts to allow separation of previously grouped tasks? You’ve gained some striking opportunities for cost savings, but there stands the chance of complication. Which path do you take? Read More

EPIC Award Recipients Tops in Procurement

Susan Avery

My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon presented the 2015 EPIC Awards at a luncheon ceremony on February 12 during the ProcureCon Indirect East conference in Orlando, Fla. It is the third year that My Purchasing Center and ProcureCon recognize procurement professionals with the Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Awards. Read More

8 Techniques for Making Your Global Team Work

Guest Editor

Having a global team to support sourcing strategies globally can deliver significant savings and efficiencies for a corporation. A successful team can mean the difference between having a winning outcome from a global project or a total failure in terms of unmet requirements and unsatisfactory service levels. Read More

Procurement Takes Lead in Technology Turnaround

John Hall

Just how procurement organizations will in turn benefit from such a robust B2B world remains to be seen. But it’s hard to see how improved cash flow, barrier-free supplier relations and vastly efficient invoicing and payment tools could not benefit them. Read More

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