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

Webinar Notes: NLPA Conference Preview

Webinar Notes: NLPA Conference Preview

This week’s featured webinar was presented by the Next Level Purchasing Association. Each of the three speakers gave a preview of the sessions they will presenting at NLPA’s first conference, which is being held in Pittsburgh, PA this September.

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Walking the Talk: A Discussion of ISM’s Own Transformation Initiative

Walking the Talk: A Discussion of ISM’s Own Transformation Initiative

Rather than covering a webinar this week, I decided to focus on a recent interview conducted by Jon Hansen on the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio program. In April he spoke with Bill Michels, President of ADR North America, which was acquired by a for-profit arm of the Institute for Supply Management in December of 2011. The interview titled ‘The Future of ISM’ is available on demand on Blog Talk Radio.

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Event Notes: Navigating The New Paradigm in Purchasing

Event Notes: Navigating The New Paradigm in Purchasing

You make money while you are spending money – a quote from Alpar Kamber’s father

This week’s featured event was an interview by Jon Hansen, host of the PI Window on Business Blog Talk Radio program, and Alpar Kamber, a Managing Partner with Denali Group and the Founder and Practice Lead of their Sourcing Services group. The broadcast recording is available on demand on the PI Window on Business site. You can also read more from the Denali Group leadership team in a recent Buyers Meeting Point interview: Planning for Sustainable Results: Long-term Vision, Short-term Action.

 

If you like what you hear and read, there are additional upcoming opportunities to interact with Alpar and the Denali team in a non-commercial setting. They are hosting two sourcing forums: one later this month in Pittsburgh and one in 2013 in Seattle.

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Challenge, Choices and Consequences: Sustainability and Risk Round Table

Challenge, Choices and Consequences: Sustainability and Risk Round Table

Buyers Meeting Point would like to thank Stephen Ashcroft and the team at Procurisk for sharing what they learned at this week's Sustainability and Risk round table. For more details please contact Stephen Ashcroft directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on Twitter @ProcureChange or by calling 01744 20698. In addition, the Sustainability and Risk in Procurement group on Linkedin is accepting members.

 

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Webinar Notes: CPO Agenda & CapGemini's "Quick Wins to Boost This Year's Savings Total"

This week’s BMP event pick, “Quick Wins to Boost This Year’s Savings Total” by CPO Agenda and CapGemini, was an absolute winner.

The event had an interesting format - four speakers, same topic: quick savings wins. While all of the speakers were qualified, two set themselves aside by taking on the harsh realities of trying to increase savings for the year with only a sort time left to go.

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BMP’s Notes on “Supply Chain Resiliency: Lessons Learned from the Crisis in Japan”

I was really looking forward to this event, and it did not disappoint. This is the first event I have attended by Preparis (providers of an emergency preparedness suite) and I will add them to my list of sources for future webinars. Kudos to Bill Michaels (CEO, ADR North America), David Landsman (Director of Strategic Alliances, MFG.com) and Armistead Whitney (CEO, Preparis) for an exceptionally well done event. You can click here to listen to the event archive.

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