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"The Point" is written by BMP Editor Kelly Barner as well as a diverse group of guest contributors.

Open Call for Predictions: What does the Future of Procurement Hold? #FutureBuy

 The best way to predict the future is to create it.

-        Peter Drucker

If we knew what the future held for procurement, we would undoubtedly change some of what we are doing today. Since is it impossible for any of us to be certain about the future, our best option is to form a vision for what we hope the future will hold and align our initiatives to that vision.

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The future of the supply chain and relationships will radically change. Normally the procurement professional tells or indicates t... Read More
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 14:49
Guest — Bill Kohnen
A great topic for you to cover Kelly. Purchasing tools and process will be transformed as what is common for consumers with mob... Read More
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Acting on concerns for our environment

When our children were old enough to stay home without a baby sitter, they would light up the house like a beacon. We could come home and I think every light was on in the house. It was their security blanket at the time. It made us smile. From a carbon footprint perspective, it was a BIG FOOT on those evenings.

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The challenges of doing the right thing

We make choices every day in relation to our health, our family, our community and our profession. Some choices are straight forward and easy to make. Many times there are areas of grey and that brings with it a measure of ambiguity.

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The benefits of doing the right thing

I had the opportunity to attend a conference where the keynote speaker was Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes.

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The Funny Thing about Auctions…

Last month, Alun Rafique from Market Dojo and I co-wrote an article for Procurement Insights about Variables in the Adoption of Auctions. A discussion about the article really picked up steam in the ISM group on LinkedIn, and one of the questions posed in response was “Someone explain to me how a Reverse Auction is fair and equitable to the supplier..."

After considering that question carefully, Market Dojo published an article that asks a question in response: “Should Suppliers Still Fear eAuctions?” The article, which you can read here, takes an interesting look at the progression of auctions from carefully managed consultant resource, to part of an ERP system, to their somewhat questionable state today – in limbo in a world where procurement is driven to create as much value as savings. A third question in this discussion might be, are auctions still relevant?

 

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Doing the right thing in business

There was a factory fire about 20 years ago in the Boston area. The owner, Aaron Feuerstein, continued to pay the workers until the factory was rebuilt. That was exceptional and unheard of in business. This remarkable story of Malden Mills was on CBS news at the time. Mr Feuerstein was referred to as a Mench – a person of integrity and honor.

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Save a tree, go electronic

We waste so much paper in our organization. Even when we are using electronic webinars, everyone seems to print out the presentation anyway. 

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You can’t steer a parked car

Disney animation movies are classic and very entertaining. They have a very long success record. The recent CARS movies have followed suit. Lighting McQueen is the main character and is certainly always moving.

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Recycling is Simple

Do you remember life before yellow sticky notes? Maybe you are too young. In one of my prior organizations, our note paper was old company newsletters that were cut into note paper blocks. You only use one side so it would not matter what was on the other side. There was nothing confidential so it was all good. It truly was scrap paper.

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Saving Water and Wearing Jeans

Many organizations have casual dress codes. Others have casual Fridays. The common theme is that the outfit usually includes jeans.

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Why eat locally grown food

Many people prefer to purchase locally grown food for several reasons. They are supporting local businesses and reducing their carbon footprint at the same time.

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Sustainability in Transportation

Trucks use a lot of fuel and leave a large carbon footprint. Over the years, trucks have been designed to be lighter and more efficient to reduce their fuel usage and be less expensive to operate.

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Let the sun shine

 In our area, there are several fields that have been converted into solar farms with lots of solar panels. A good friend of mine has installed a solar panel at their home and actually sells excess electricity back to the utility companies. There is so much power from the sun.

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Airports going green

How do you start a journey of a 1000 miles, - one step at a time!

I was at several airports this month and everyone is recycling. On the plane, they are separating the waste to improve the recycling opportunity. Clearly they have taken steps to do something to sustain the environment!

So how does that translate to your organization? This week’s eSourcing wiki is the first of several parts to discuss areas for going green.

IT – I know our town has certain days throughout the year to recycle IT equipment – old computers, cell phones and printers. However, the key is to think up front as your are doing the purchasing. Are they energy efficient, repairable as opposed to disposable, and highly recyclable?

This week we also discuss office supplies and office furniture as things to think about.

Has your organization conquered IT and office supplies as a way to be sustainable? Did you take a similar approach? What would you suggest? Share your thoughts by commenting below or tweeting @buyersmeetpoint

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White House residents going green since 1801

This week's esourcing wiki is Benefits of Going Green. While researching that topic, I came across this article about the 7 Greenest Presidents in the History of America.

What I found facinating is that they are not all modern day Presidents. They go back to Thomas Jefferson's day. He was a great believer in nature, science and public education.

Conservation and preservation of public lands which makes up the US National Park System is attributed to both Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

This resource also has a buying guide with all types of information on how to buy green.   It lists a large array of consumer goods that are energy efficient, recyclable or have clean manufacturing practices.

There are so many reasons to be aware of our purchasing behaviors both as consumers and as procurement professionals.  Protection of our environment and resources is key. Many organizations will communicate their practices to their customers to gain their loyalty.

What has your organization done in buying green? Have they found it to be beneficial and cost competitive? Share your thoughts by commenting below or tweeting @buyersmeetpoint

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Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainable sourcing is a common theme in procurement today. Many organizations are looking to reduce their impact on the environment and shrink their carbon footprint.

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Boston is about to be clobbered with another major snowstorm. This is the second ‘blizzard’ of 2014. And it is still January!! The snow plowing services are thrilled as they can earn more with each additional inch of the while fluffy piles!

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Hi Cindy, so far it has just rained...and rained...and rained but I am sure the snow is not far behind. Really liking the Wiki, v... Read More
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 03:31
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Are you John Q. Procurement?

Yesterday, Joe Payne of Source One Management Services posted a truly interesting post about the challenges faced by a fictional MRO category lead named John Q. Procurement. You can read the original post here.

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Playing the Telephone Game

Many of us have played the telephone game as a child. You all sit in a circle. The first person whispers something into the next one’s ear. By the time it gets around the circle, the last person says what they heard. Almost always, it is completely different from the original statement.

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Learning from UPS

On Christmas Eve, we received three deliveries of Christmas presents. One came via US postal service, the second from FedEx and the third from UPS. The gift givers were relieved that the packages arrived in time for the holiday gathering.

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