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

CSR and small businesses

We have a local farm stand nearby and we frequent them in the summer. They sell local eggs, produce and flowers. One unique aspect is that people will return their egg cartons to them and the farm refills them for the next customer. It is a great system and in a small way, they are practicing their own version of CSR.

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How risky is your supply base?

As a young child, you think nothing of jumping off of something like the high dive or riding your bike really fast down a bumpy slope. My daughter took a risk one day of walking the dog and riding her bike at the same time. Risky decision making for sure. Unfortunately she wrapped the leash around her handle bars. When the dog found something to chase, she went one way, the bike went another way. A few cuts and bruises resulted but it sure could have been more serious.

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Are you afraid of public speaking?

Do you get nervous when you have to make a presentation? I know I do. I can’t decide what to say,

how much to say, and of course what to wear!!

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What are you worth?

There are many ways to value your worth. The important aspects of life that include health, family, and happiness far outweigh money. However, we do need to earn a living to support ourselves and our families.

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Sustainability and the Sound of Music

One of my favorite movies is The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. The song Do-Re-Mi has a verse that states ‘Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start’. That could be the approach for almost any project, including getting a CSR program started.

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Tips for Improving Procurement Relationships

Trust Is not easily come by and once lost, very hard to earn back. We gain trust by having good experiences with others and showing them we will do what we say we are going to do, when we said we would do it.

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Mistakes to avoid when selecting software solutions

I have had the opportunity to be in the selection and implementation of MANY supply chain solutions. There were bumps along the way and lessons learned as well. I know some of you think this was in the dinosaur days, but before there were packages to buy, everything was home grown to custom processes and requirements. Often a pitfall was that IT would gather the requirements and disappear while they were building it. Then when it was presented to the business user, it was not really what they wanted. Everyone learned it was an iterative approach and a business lead was a critical component to a successful implementation.

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First Impressions are Important and Lasting

I recently attended a supplier presentation that was horrendous. Their product was amazing but they really blew it. The team interrupted and contradicted each other. They were unable to get their technology and projector to work. They were not prepared for Plan B. It was a terrible first impression.

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Spring Cleaning in Procurement

As seasons change, we clean out our closets and freshen up the household. We may wash windows, and take on household projects like painting and planting gardens.

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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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What is the Next Big Thing for Procurement?

We love vacation. Who doesn't? The glorious freedom from schedules and responsibilities. Time for adventures and to spend with our friends and families.  Sometimes we like to plan the next one while we are on the current one. That way the post-vacation blues are not so intense. We can look forward to the 'next big thing' as far as vacation goes anyway. 

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Bringing Power to the World

Our discussions these past few weeks have been about sustainability and procurement. When I came across this blog about Simpa Networks by Lindsay Clinton, I realized it fit our sustainability theme. I also found that it discussed an especially creative approach to making solar energy affordable.

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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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Intel kicks it up a notch with Nipendo

When someone kicks it up a notch, you think about going at warp speed or running a marathon instead of a 5K.

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Olympic Fever: Speed of Execution

The world has been captivated by the Winter Games in Sochi for 17 days. Our family is glued to the events every evening. When they conclude on Sunday, there will be significant withdrawal in our household and many others next week for sure.

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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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Procurement at the Sochi Olympics

As we are sitting here watching the Pairs Skating Competition, it is apparent that a lot of procurement was needed to put the Olympics together. The facilities, the food, the equipment, transportation and so on.

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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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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 this year.

We will be taking a break until January 6 while we plan our strategy for the coming year and have a few moments of wel-deserved rest and restoration. We are excited for the opportunities in 2014 and all there is to learn and share. Please check back with us in January at that time for updates.

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Getting it JUST right

There is a wonderful children’s story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. If it has been a while for you, it is about a young girl who stumbles into the bear’s cottage and tries out the porridge, the chairs and the beds.

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