Sunday, April 24, 2005

Evaluation of Supplier Size

I am working on a new article for the FREE Purchasing Resources Program on evaluating supplier size. There are problems when you select a supplier that is too big. There are different problems when you select a supplier that is too small.

While I have more than enough material for this article, I thought that other purchasing professionals could benefit from learning how you use supplier size in your supplier selections and how you derive any correlations between supplier size and performance in your supplier evaluation program.

If you would like to be quoted in this article, just click on the Comments link below and post your comment, name, title, city and country. It would also be helpful if you provide information on how I could contact you if I need to.

I'll consider using your input in the future article.

Thank you!

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Purchasing Job Update

If you were one of the first people to get the last purchasing resource, you may have visited our purchasing jobs page before we added a few new job postings. If you haven't checked our jobs in purchasing page since Tuesday, be sure to visit now to see the latest postings.

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Blogs & Purchasing

I'd like to give a warm welcome to all of the new fans of this blog who discovered it via the RSS Lesson. Thanks for checking this out!

If you like to read blogs, I found a blog written by a corporate attorney. He doesn't update it often, but it has some interesting stuff on it, some of it related to purchasing.

Happy blog reading!

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Purchaser's Lesson In RSS

If you're here because the resource entitled "Purchaser's Lesson In RSS Technology" sent you to look for links, look over to the right side of the screen and scroll down for the Links section.

If you're here to share comments, welcome!

I am very interested in what you have to say. The comments link is below this post.

Do you like the hands-on lessons like today's resource? What do you think about RSS' potential in purchasing? What do you think about this blog in general?

I hope that you've set yourself up to receive RSS feeds from this blog. I'll be updating it with more opportunities for education, answers, and interaction often.

Thank you for stopping by!

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Service Industry Purchasing: Does ANYONE Provide Training?

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with an individual who was interested in pursuing her SPSM Certification. But she had reservations. She worked in a service industry. And, in her experience, no purchasing training related to the services industries - just manufacturing.

Her belief that purchasing training is all geared towards manufacturing industries is really not an uncommon one. Unfortunately, there are many short-sighted purchasing associations out there that neglect the services industries.

Next Level Purchasing doesn't. And we probably don't make this as obvious as we could.

I thought it was interesting to consider the last ten companies that enrolled in their purchasers in the SPSM Certification Program...

1. Oil production
2. Energy services
3. Information technology services
4. Engineering services
5. Engineering services
6. Supply chain management services
7. Food products manufacturing
8. Shielding manufacturing
9. Health insurance services
10. Medical products manufacturing

Certainly not all manufacturers, right?

Why does the SPSM Certification Program appeal to both services and manufacturing industry purchasers?

Well, my own background is varied. My experience represents small , large, non-profit, services, manufacturing, privately-held, publicly-traded, and government-related organizations.

So, I've made sure that we provide training that serves both manufacturing and services industry purchasers.

And I think people have noticed!

Until next time, all the best...

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Purchasing Jobs

Earlier this month, we posted a purchasing jobs page on our Web site.

Because of other priorities, we haven't devoted much time to soliciting job posts yet, but we've already had people who prefer candidates with the SPSM Certification ask us to post their jobs.

Two very rewarding things to see are:

1. Prestigious employers enrolling their purchasers in the SPSM Certification Program; and

2. Employers saying that they prefer candidates with the SPSM Certification.


I really hope that listing these purchasing jobs helps qualified individuals find the best jobs, bringing those people both happiness and success. Helping people improve their quality of life is the MOST rewarding aspect of my job.

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Ethics In Negotiation

I am concerned that the latest resource, entitled "Negotiation, Ethics, & You" might be controversial. Ethical issues usually are.

You see, with laws, there are usually specific and clear boundaries. These boundaries are codified. With ethics, the boundaries are not as clear. Ethics can be largely a matter of opinion.

Though I know this can be a controversial topic, I published my thoughts anyway. Not to offend anyone. But rather to spark some interesting discussion.

The FREE Purchasing Resources Program currently has about 10,000 subscribers. These subscribers are purchasing professionals from throughout the world. They have different opinions, different cultures, and different customs.

This is a great opportunity to see how diverse our opinions are. See the "Comment" link below this post? Click on it to read the opinions of others and/or to add your own comments.

And if you really want to learn a lot about negotiation, don't forget to consider taking our new class: "Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying."

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

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