What is the average time you spend on the first interview with a new supplier?

Less than 10 minutes.
10 to 15 minutes.
16 to 30 minutes.
31 to 60 minutes.
More than an hour.


Solicit Opinions, Measure Performance - 04/04/2017
Ask users for their opinions about suppliers' performance and their products but actually measure those factors.

Lithium demand stirs supply, price concerns - 07/07/2016
Financial observers call it the “the world’s hottest commodity.” Goldman Sachs has reportedly dubbed it the “new gasoline,” according to a recent expose in The Economist. Most of us could end up calling it “gone” in our lifetimes.

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Today's Tips

Make Sure Supplier Samples Are Tested Fairly - 04/01/2017
Buyers often need to obtain competitive product evaluations before selecting a supplier. The choice of the best supplier includes factors in addition to determining the best product. For example, the time for delivery, the price of the product, the s...

Check Your Department's Efficiency - 03/01/2017
It is easy to assume your operation is efficient if you are encountering few serious problems. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make life easier by improving the way you conduct business from day to day. In fact, being complacent could res...

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Supplier Awards

Excellent Supplier Award 2012
The winners of the American Purchasing Societyís 2012 Excellent Supplier Awards are W. W. Grainger and Martin Brother, Inc.. Grainger is a seven billion dollar national distribution company of MRO products with 20,000 employees. Its corporate offices are in Lakeforest, Illinois. Martin Brothers, Inc. is a regional foodservice distributing company with its operation center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Nearly all of the American Purchasing Society members who responded to the Society's survey indicated good pricing, and excellent quality and service from these suppliers.

Excellent Supplier Award 2009
The winners of the American Purchasing Societyís 2009 Excellent Supplier Awards are Source International, Inc. and CGI Automated Manufacturing, Inc.. CGI is a producer of sheet metal fabrication, prototyping, and assembly services. CGI was nominated for the award by Tricia Kerns, Material Manager for Focal Point, LLC. Source International acts as a buyer's agent in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and Thailand. The company was nominated by Michael Bunge, CPP, CPPM, Corporate Supply Chain Manager for Libbey, Inc.

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