Susan Avery, My Purchasing Center

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Procurement Retools its Focus to Innovation and Value

Hackett Group research notes that this year, many chief procurement officers will be moving their main focus away from cost management to expanding procurement’s influence and finding ways to grow innovation.


Small Changes through Kaizen Yield Spectacular Results

Kaizen is Japanese for “change for good” and the continuous process improvement philosophy widely used by businesses big and small. Kaizen is an opportunity for procurement to take the lead in improving spend.


Supplier Diversity: When Risk in Supply Chain Is Good

Shelley Stewart, VP of sourcing and logistics and CPO of DuPont, will be part of the ISM Supply Chain Diversity Summit. Stewart talks about his career in supply management as an African American, and his numerous diversity- and profession-related good works.

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Identifying Vulnerability Is Step One to Mitigating Supply Chain Risk

Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, and it’s important for procurement to ensure against costly disruptions. More vulnerabilities have arisen from this complexity, so it is critical to know what they are.

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Survey: What Does Today’s Procurement Professional Look Like?

As we end 2013 and head into the new year, here is the state of the typical procurement professional as we stand today. It was put together from a detailed survey conducted by My Purchasing Center.

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Networking Propels Procurement Professionals Into Leadership Roles

Procurement professionals, through networking, can find out what others in the profession are doing and share best practices and intelligence that can propel them forward.

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Category Managers Are Procurement’s Fighter Pilots

Category managers are on the front lines for organizations, using their skills to make intelligent and well-timed buying decisions that hit operational and capital budgets.

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Writing a Purchasing Resume? Here’s What to Include

With the economy on firmer feet, companies are making decisions and looking for experienced procurement professionals. Writing down successful track records often can be a challenge for professionals, though, says procurement recruiter Tonia Deal.


MRO Procurement Grapples with Price, Quality

MRO professionals are struggling with data while facing concerns with product quality and trying to figure out price forecasting.

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