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Next Level Purchasing has launched the Next Level Purchasing Association Podcast to help you learn more about purchasing and supply management.

Next Level Purchasing has launched the Next Level Purchasing Association Podcast to help you learn more about purchasing and supply management.
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Next Level Purchasing has launched the Next Level Purchasing Association Podcast to help you learn more about purchasing and supply management.




Procurement Strategy Do's & Don'ts

Procurement strategies often fail. This podcast contains tips for successful procurement strategies.

Duration: 00:34:11

What eSourcing Is & How To Get Started

eSourcing, the process of obtaining bids from different suppliers via a single online portal, has many benefits. Learn the benefits of eSourcing and how to get started today.

Duration: 00:29:44

Supplier Management: Make It Strategic

If you are considering implementing a supplier management process at your organization, you may wonder where to start and what metrics to choose. It's critical to begin strategically because early decisions are the foundation for all future supplier management work.

Duration: 00:33:12

Supplier Insurance Best Practices

Supplier insurance requirements vary between companies, but there are two main reasons why companies require supplier insurance. Consider these points in determining supplier insurance requirements.

Duration: 00:40:02

Using A Should Cost Model In Negotiation

When buying custom items that only one supplier can make, using a should cost model is one way of determining fair pricing. This podcast gives tips for making accurate should cost models.

Duration: 00:17:26

T E Management: Procurement's Domain?

Travel and expense (T E) management has traditionally been handled outside of the procurement department. Follow these tips for better T and E management.

Duration: 00:29:27

Sourcing Problems In A Slow Economy

Today's economy presents many sourcing problems for both purchasers and suppliers. Learn the sourcing problems many purchasers are experiencing in today's economy and how to handle them.

Duration: 00:31:39

The Finer Points Of Strategic Procurement

Top management is counting on you to deliver better procurement results, but do you really know the finer points of strategic procurement. Learn secrets for ensuring that your procurement activities are more successful.

Duration: 00:30:51

Are You Chief Procurement Officer Material?

If you think that simply doing a "good job" will get you promoted to higher and higher procurement positions until you reach the CPO level, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. There are certain characteristics that make you "CPO material."

Duration: 00:22:01

Cost Reduction Ideas (Beyond Sourcing)

When companies seek to reduce their expenditures on goods, they often try to source new suppliers. There are several ideas for achieving cost reductions without switching suppliers.

Duration: 00:34:00

Procurement Technology Success Secrets

Procurement technology helps accelerate business improvements. The key to convincing senior management to invest in procurement technology is showing them a return on investment.

Duration: 00:17:59

Global Strategic Sourcing Tools

Because of the differences between domestic and global strategic sourcing, you need the right skills, knowledge, and tools to successfully source globally. This podcast discusses some of the most important global strategic sourcing tools.

Duration: 00:27:09

Green Procurement: Let's Get Started!

Green procurement is quickly becoming a bigger focus in purchasing. Purchasing departments are looking for better green procurement processes in order to reduce their company's carbon footprint.

Duration: 00:23:31

Cost Savings: From Potential To Actual

Many times, the cost savings estimated at the beginning of a contract exceeds the amount that you actually save. This failure to achieve cost savings potential is called "leakage" and poses a threat to the credibility of purchasing professionals and departments.

Duration: 00:22:34

Skillfully Managing Supplier Relationships

One of the keys to maximizing the positive impact of a supplier relationship is "getting your own house in order." In other words, if your own systems, processes, and people are not up to par, you can adversely affect the supplier's performance.

Duration: 00:19:26

Purchasing Resume Perfection

Your resume (or CV) can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here's how to achieve the former with your resume.

Duration: 00:41:50

Buyers Ask: What Is Market Intelligence?

Conducting Market Intelligence can reduce risk, increase savings, improve decision-making, discover new suppliers, new capabilities of existing suppliers, and countries where capable suppliers can be found. Hargraves says it can also help you gather data on supplier financial viability and business continuity, build cost models for use in negotiations, and find early warnings for supply market changes.

Duration: 00:25:32

Doing Better Business With Small Suppliers

Small suppliers do have certain advantages such as fewer channels to go through to get responses and sometimes even lower cost due to less overhead. But you also need to understand that small suppliers can cause big problems when they perform poorly. Three precautions I recommend taking with a new, small supplier are: investigate the supplier's history, evaluate the supplier's capacity, and don't pay 100% up front.

Duration: 00:23:12

Purchasing, Social Responsibility, and Animals

Socially responsible purchasing is a hot trend these days but there's one topic that's been sorely missing from every set of socially responsible purchasing guidelines I've seen. I'll break new ground and give you a glimpse into the future of socially responsible purchasing by addressing the missing topic of animal welfare.

Duration: 00:24:45

What Is Supply Chain Optimization? - Part II

When you encounter situations with lots of constraints and complexities, it becomes quite challenging to figure out the best supplier selection. For these types of situations, some purchasing departments utilize supply chain optimization technology to support their decisions.

Duration: 00:31:11

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