Monthly Archives: December 2012

Look back and Learn

I was thinking about some of the key themes which have surfaced during 2012 in the world of purchasing, to see if I was feeling optimistic or pessimistic about our profession, and I came away feeling pretty good about the … Continue reading

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Sourcing Strategy for the Christmas Wine Case

Every year, I’m set a challenge to go buy a mixed case of wine for my family for Christmas, to ensure that the Festive season is accompanied by a mix of interesting tastes. I am not a close follower of … Continue reading

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The Elusive Source Plan

Finding examples of good source plans is a bit like being interested in Giant Pandas. Source plans are elusive, rare, and seem to resist most efforts to breed them in captivity. We have to ask why this is the case. … Continue reading

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Identifying Strategic Suppliers

An interesting discussion broke out in a workshop last week around the subject of what makes a strategic supplier, and it followed a path which is familiar from other discussions in other businesses. In this case, there appeared to be … Continue reading

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