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A Few Year-end Thoughts from Buyers Meeting Point

A Few Year-end Thoughts from Buyers Meeting Point

To everyone within reach of the Buyers Meeting Point community,

I know that you have a lot of options for where to spend your precious (and scarce) discretionary time. For every minute you spent on BMP in 2016, thank you. The content that I provide on this site, via my podcast, and on supporting sites is a labor of love. I’m not a marketing person or a sales person – I’m a procurement professional that has found a way to combine my love of learning with a format that allows me to reach and connect with like-minded professionals all the world over.

Over the next week, I wish you warm, happy times with friends and family. I wish you all the optimism that comes with the start of a new year. And most of all, I wish you rest – because come January 3rd, we have a lot of work to do!

I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer us all, and I look forward to being a part of your own personal, evolutionary journey. If there is ever anything I can do to help, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year… I’m already looking forward to reconnecting with you in early January!

Kelly Barner

Owner and Managing Director, Buyers Meeting Point

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

Every year at this time I stop and give thanks for all of the people and organizations that have made a difference to Buyers Meeting Point over the year. You may think of BMP as a blog, a podcast, a social media network or all three – but for me it is the most amazing opportunity to connect with a global community of peers, all of whom are interested in learning more and advancing the potential of procurement and supply chain.

 

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In the Shadow of the Revolution

In the Shadow of the Revolution

With the first (annual?) Procurement Revolution under our belts, Phil Ideson and I have spent the last few days looking back on everything that was shared, asked, and exchanged.

By all measures, the Procurement Revolution was an unmitigated success. Over the course of 5 days, 40 Revolutionaries delivered 5 live webinars and over 50 unique pieces of audio, video, and written content. We were able to cover a wide range of topics, including competitive advantage, globalization, autonomous cars, and digital commerce. Each piece was created as something fresh and new – shared just because it could be rather than because it was commissioned or promotional. The resulting Twitter discussion, using the hashtag #ProcureRev, created over 1.7 MILLION impressions.

 

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An Annual Tradition of Giving Thanks at BMP

An Annual Tradition of Giving Thanks at BMP

Every year at this time we stop and give thanks for all of the people and organizations that have made a difference to Buyers Meeting Point and our community.

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Social Media Intelligence for Real Procurement Professionals

Social Media Intelligence for Real Procurement Professionals

Last week, Coupa ran a three part blog series based on a conversation I had with their marketing team about the role social media plays in supply market intelligence creation. You can read them here, here, and here. This is a subject that Jeanette Jones and I touched upon in our book, Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals, but it was certainly not our focus.

While social media is a great tool for news gathering and intelligence creation, it isn’t something that was ever part of my formal training – either in procurement or otherwise. I learned how to leverage the power of social media purely ‘in the wild,’ driven by the need to grow the footprint and brand recognition for Buyers Meeting Point. I am so glad that I did, both because we have seen clear benefits in our traffic, and because now I am in a position to apply what I have learned to the work that must be carried out by practitioners.

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Happy Holidays from Buyers Meeting Point

Happy Holidays from Buyers Meeting Point

As another year comes to a close, and we are looking at the start of a new one, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season. We have enjoyed working together on your behalf to present information that we hope you have found useful and interesting this year.

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Thanksgiving is a result of acts of kindness

Thanksgiving is a result of acts of kindness

When the Pilgrims first landed on the shores of what would become the United States of America, it was the kindness of the Native Americans that helped the newcomers survive.

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Ten Days and Counting: Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals

Ten Days and Counting: Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals

On September 3rd of last year, Jeanette Jones, Owner and Founder of Cottrill Research, suggested (out of the blue!) that she and I co-author a book. There was never any question of whether or not I would do it. I’ve always wanted to write a book. I enjoy doing research and I have been fascinated with procurement ever since I ‘fell into’ the profession in 2003. Jeanette’s suggestion that we write a book to help procurement professionals create their own supply market intelligence combined all three.

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Your Vote Counts: 2013 CSR at Buyers Meeting Point

Your Vote Counts: 2013 CSR at Buyers Meeting Point

Since our inception, Buyers Meeting Point has always made Corporate Social Responsibility part of our mission. We have always had a selected charity that we donate to at the end of the year – most recently Plan International and Livestrong.

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Western Union and the Worlds most Networked Person

Last year Western Union celebrated their 160th anniversary. As a celebration, they picked the world's most networked person, a 26 year old from Portugal. It was based on the number of face book friends and their locations across 160 countries.

So how does that relate to procurement professionals? This week's esourcing wiki talks about the next generation sourcing. The matrix organization is becoming more the norm. It is highly recommended to put the procurement role in early with engineering and marketing. Waiting too late to pull in procurement limits flexbility and can result in higher costs into the product line.

I know more organizations are putting more emphasis in the role for procurement. They are expected to be commodity experts but also involved in product development and strategy discussions.

 

The next generation is also very networked and very comfortable with information and quick exchange of ideas.

 

What does your procurement organization do? Are you matrixed and networked? Have you found it to be more efficient and effective?

 

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Category Experiences: Window Washing

We got feedback through our recent survey that you want more category insight from us. We're working on a way to bring you resources on that front, but in the meantime, Cindy and I have a lot of direct experience that we'd like to share. What are your unique category experiences and what did you learn from them? We'd love to hear about it: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What’s Happening at Buyers Meeting Point

We are always modifying our site and content in response to your feedback, so keep it coming!

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