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New PI Poll: Does procurement need (deserve) independent media coverage?

May 1, 2017

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Who Is Bob Solomon @bsolomon10?

July 20, 2017

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I inadvertently stumbled upon a blog post in my email by Bob Solomon titled The Forrester Wave™: eProcurement, Q2 2017. Usually, when I receive a Magic Quadrant or Forrester Wave notification I dismiss it as most of my readers consider such things to be either industry propaganda or as one so eloquently put it; “a paid infomercial.” Although […]

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What was Seth Godin Thinking? Why FTD is the Walmart of the flower industry

July 17, 2017

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Over the years I have written many articles on Walmart, starting with the July 9th, 2007 post; Public Sector Procurement and the Walmart Effect which was updated in March 2013. Suffice to say, Walmart, and more specifically the Walmart model for supply chain has become the poster child for partner abuse. Because of the negative impact of the […]

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What If?

July 13, 2017

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Inspired by The Economist’s annual “What If” essays, I thought that it might be fun to apply the same question to our procurement world. For example, “What If” Rob Bernshteyn had been CEO of Perfect Commerce instead of Coupa? “What If” IBM never purchased Emptoris? Here’s one, “What If” Andrew Bartolini had continued to be […]

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Will The U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program work in Canada?

July 11, 2017

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“Many Canadian startups say it’s harder to sell to Ottawa than to foreign customers . . . Current procurement approaches are geared toward big, established firms and [are] cumbersome and complicated for smaller firms to navigate.” – December 27th, 2016 Globe And Mail article It is said that recognizing a problem is half the battle. While I agree […]

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Procurement Insights Exclusive: NLPA, From Humble Beginnings To The World’s Largest Purchasing Association

July 10, 2017

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“Our logo, with its forward thinking modern feel is represented by the abstract graphic mark of a globe, coupled with small dots, connecting the world with the profession of Procurement & Supply Chain Management.” – Excerpt Sunday, July 9th, 2017 letter to stakeholders As I read the advance copy of the above letter that Vivek Shally, President of Next Level […]

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Procurement Insights Exclusive: NLPA’s new logo and global reach

July 10, 2017

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“Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) is the world’s largest membership association for purchasing professional having over 280,000 members in over 100 countries. NLPA is now a part of the CertiTrek Group portfolio of certifications. CertiTrek raises the bar to set new standards for a certification company.” – Excerpt Sunday, July 9th, 2017 letter to stakeholders […]

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Friday Musings: Why Reese’s would approve of PROACTIS’ Acquisition of Perfect Commerce

July 7, 2017

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  By now you have already heard the news that UK-based PROACTIS is acquiring US-based Perfect Commerce. Besides providing further evidence that we are at the very beginning of a looming M&A upswing, it is also a sign that these companies have come to the realization that rather than attempting to penetrate new global markets […]

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