PurchTips - Edition # 269


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The Best of PurchTips 2012

By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

What Has PurchTips Taught You This Year?

The end of the year is always a good time for reflecting on what you learned in the past 12 months and what you can do better in the coming year. So, we've made this edition our 3rd annual "Best of PurchTips" edition!

Whether you are a new subscriber and missed earlier editions or you're a long-time subscriber interested in refreshing your memory on the valuable things you've already learned, I think that the following articles are worth another look:

3 Negotiation "Bad Words" - http://tinyurl.com/84bap4k

Procurement Strategy Do's & Don'ts, Part I - http://tinyurl.com/7l5bhjz

Procurement Strategy Do's & Don'ts, Part II - http://tinyurl.com/78fudcl

4 Vital Procurement Presentation Topics - http://tinyurl.com/c6yt6y6

4 Collaborative Procurement Models - http://tinyurl.com/cux45ph

A Key To Bargaining With Suppliers - http://tinyurl.com/d6dy43l

A 12-Point Supplier Quality Checklist - http://tinyurl.com/cmo2l75

How Suppliers Defend Price In Negotiations - http://tinyurl.com/cs2y396

And, if those articles don't satisfy your appetite for reading educational procurement material, here are the links to the last two "Best Of PurchTips" editions:

Best of PurchTips 2011 - http://tinyurl.com/cdscshq

Best of PurchTips 2010 - http://tinyurl.com/26fogox

The entire Next Level Purchasing staff and I would like to wish you happy holidays! We look forward to continuing to help you have a rewarding career in 2013!

Spotlight On Professional Development Opportunities

SPSM Certification

Are you ready for an educational experience that will help you better contribute to your organization's success while propelling your procurement career forward? Then you need to consider registering for the first annual Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) international conference!

The NLPA conference will be held on September 12 and 13, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. There will be 12 educational workshops to choose from plus three keynote speeches from widely respected procurement thought leaders!

To view a personal invitation from Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, visit:


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