Most small business owners classify procurement and purchasing as the same thing. Although, the two terms are similar that have different meanings. Procurement is the overall arching umbrella that includes vendor selection, determining payment terms, strategic vetting, selection (RFP process), negotiation of the contract, and the actual purchasing of the goods or services.
Procurement includes several core business functions and should be considered a part of your overall corporate strategy. Company identity, market placement, company capabilities, and management oversight all have procurement intertwined . For instance, corporate policy should be developed and implemented to ensure your organization is sourcing products and services from companies that have similar ethics and integrity. If protecting the environment is important to your company, then an environmentally green policy should be developed and implemented to ensure you only source from companies that are environmentally conscious as well.
Getting your procurement functions in line with your corporate strategy is just one part of the procurement puzzle. Actually purchasing the goods and services that your organization needs is the other part of the procurement puzzle. The process of purchasing goods and services is known in the procurement world as the Procure-To-Pay-Cycle. The Procure-To-Pay-Cycle can be an intensive process with multiple steps.
Purchasing is simply a subset of the procurement process. Purchasing is generally the act of buying goods and services, receiving said goods and services, and ensuring payment is made for such goods and services. As you can see procurement is an extensive process that if utilized properly could help your organization cut costs and increase savings. Tucker Consulting & Training Services offers small business procurement training to assist small business owners with finding the perfect corporate strategy procurement mix to help your organization achieve your cost cutting goals.
One of the things my ALICE trainer said during our instructor certification that stuck with me was "I'd rather spend twelve hours looking for lost kids than two hours identifying the bodies of kids." Did you know there was an exit door in the Columbine Library and that many, if not all, of the students and staff killed could have evacuated and returned home to their families and friends safe and sound? Why didn't they evacuate you ask? They didn't evacuate because Columbine's protocol at that time was only traditional lockdown. What is traditional lockdown? It's when your child(ren) crawl under a table or desk and sit and wait for trouble to arrive.
How can you help? Find out your child(ren) school's disaster preparedness protocol. Ask if the school has a specific place where your child(ren) should go in case of a disaster? Ask if the school has coordinated a disaster preparedness command center with local law enforcement in case of a disaster. Ask your kids what type of disaster preparedness drills they participate in at school. Asking these types of questions will help you determine your next course of action to ensure your children are empowered and prepared in case a disaster takes place at their school.
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As a mother I will never forget December 14, 2012. When the breaking news started to come across my computer screen that a madman had took a gun to an elementary school and killed students and staff, I was beyond horrified. I couldn't stop the tears from flowing. I cried myself to sleep for several nights because just imagining the anguish those parents felt was overwhelming to say the least. My child at that time was a full grown adult but my motherly instincts would not allow me not to hurt for those families. I wanted to do anything I could to help them and all I knew to do at that time was make a monetary donation.
Fast forward five years. When I sat in my ALICE Active Shooter instructor training class and my instructor began to talk about Sandy Hook, my eyes started to leak all over again. I still have the names of all the Sandy Hook victims posted on my desk because that school shooting changed me at my core. ALICE Active Shooter training was just the thing I had been looking for because now I could help make our schools and communities safer for our children and for us. So for Tucker Consulting and Training Services, ALICE is more than just an added service we offer. ALICE for us is one of the many ways we give back to our community by helping to keep it safe.
For more information about our Disaster Preparedness Training which includes ALICE Active Shooter training, CPR and First Aid Training. Please visit our cyberspace at www.tuckercts.com or call us at (904) 469-6741 for more information.
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The United States Department of Justice issued an analysis report entitled Workplace Violence Issues in Response. In that report, the question "Whose concern is workplace violence" is addressed. The report goes on to state that workplace violence affects society as a whole. There are economic costs that are difficult to measure with precision as well as intangible costs.
Like all violence, workplace violence creates ripples that go beyond the pain an individual victim experiences. Workplace violence damages trust, community and the sense of security each person employed at that location/company feels. When workplace violence occurs, everyone loses and everyone has a stake in preventing violence in the workplace.
Employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment free from threats and violence. Adopting a workplace violence policy and prevention program are several ways to communicate your company's values as it relates to workplace violence. The Department of Justice also recommends that employers provide regular workplace violence preventive measure training for all new and current employees, supervisors and managers.
Tucker Consulting and Training Services (TCTS) has the expertise to help you empower and prepare your employees with common sense workplace violence response options that are not common knowledge. TCTS workplace violence training incorporates life saving techniques such as CPR and First Aid training. For more information, please visit our cyberspace at www.tuckercts.com or call us at (904) 469-6741.
Critical Incident Response Group, Workplace Violence Issues In Response, Pages 14 -15.
Many of the small business owners that I meet don't understand the concept of procurement and how procurement plays into the success of their business. Most of them tell me that want to get a grant to start or operate their business. It's hard to explain that there are no grants to help you start or operate a business. There are loans available and there are Request For Proposals (RFP's). I think most business owners who say they want a grant are really looking for a RFP. A RFP is the document governmental agencies and commercial businesses release when they are looking for a specific product or service. If your company fits the need described in the RFP, then your company would respond in writing per the RFP requirements for consideration of a contract. That's one facet of procurement.
Here's another: Did you know that small businesses spend between 45 - 65 % of the sales revenue on procurement of inputs? This facet of procurement should always be viewed as a viable cost reduction and efficiency improvement strategy for small businesses. Basic changes to a small businesses procurement activities could cut costs 5 - 15%.
One major procurement advantage is purchasing leverage. Small businesses usually don't have the need nor the resources to leverage purchasing leverage individually but collectively a group of small businesses could join forces and buy in larger volume therefore increasing yield volume discounts which in turn increases saving for all involved. Building and maintaining good solid relationships is a must when building a purchasing leverage collaborative.
At Tucker Consulting & Training Services, we believe if small businesses understand the rules of procurement, then they will understand how to position their businesses in an effort to achieve your procurement and operational goals. We offer both in-person and online procurement training. Visit our cyberspace today at www.tuckercts.com for more information or give us a call at (904) 469-6741.
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Contemplate the moment when an active shooter event enters into a furniture manufacturer's mind less only their product design. Well according to Charles Homans, New York Times Magazine article entitled, "The 'Active Shooter' Is Never Far Away", Ballistic Furniture Systems CEO Jeffrey Isquith started developing bullet-resistant panels that can be fitted inside chairs, cubicles and doors in 2011.
Ironically, thirty-two (32) hours before he would unveil his company's new design at the NeoCon trade show, the Pulse Nightclub massacre occurred in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse Nightclub shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. That same morning on the riverbank in downtown Chicago, several other commercial furniture manufacturers were rolling out new furniture with bullet-resistant features.
Per Mr. Homans article, Mr. Isquith stated that "security is the big new frontier for furniture makers, it's kind of sad to say that, but it's true." Mr. Isquith also noted that the kind of "violence and terror" seen in Orlando was "not going away anytime soon."
Hospital, office and hotel commercial furniture manufacturers have developed and are now offering a 21st-century solution to saving lives and reducing injuries to innocent people in public spaces during an active shooter event. Isn't it time you train your staff in 21st-century response options to help save lives and reduce injuries to innocent people in public spaces during an active shooter event.
Tucker Consulting & Training Services offers affordable training that teaches employees common sense response options that are not common knowledge. Register your employees today at www.tuckercts.com or call us at (904) 469-6741.
Homas, C (2016, June) The 'Active Shooter' Is Never Far Away, The New York Times Magazine
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I'm sorry to advise but the newest FBI update on an Active Shooter Study indicates that active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent. Active Shooter incidents have increased to 16.4 annually. I don't share this bleak information to scare you but to help prepare you by giving you the tools you and your staff need to empower and prepare, just in case, any of you are ever faced with an Active Shooter.
The FBI reports a whopping 45.6% of Active Shooter incidents took place in commercial environments followed by 24.3% in educational environments. The remaining incidents took place in places of worship, open spaces, military and other government properties, residential properties, and healthcare facilities.
The above mentioned places cover the places most of us frequent on a daily or weekly basis, so why aren't we accepting the reality of the world we live in and preparing ourselves with common sense response options that aren't common knowledge. These response options can not only help save others lives but most importantly help you save our own life and the lives of those you love.
Tucker Consulting & Training Services offers real life scenario active shooter training. Visit our cyberspace at www.tuckercts.com or call us for more information at (904) 469-6741 about our cost effective blended (online and real life classroom scenario) ALICE training. Also ask us about our volume discounts and possible insurance discounts for your organization!
The threat of an active shooter is not as rare as it once was and it is very real. ALICE Active Shooter Training aims to eradicate the “it can’t happen to me or my students or my employees” mentality and change the way teachers, coaches and supervisors and support staff respond to armed intruders. At Tucker Consulting & Training Services, we believe that individuals should be empowered to make their own life-saving decisions. We empower your employees to save lives by training them in proactive response options rather than a passive one size fits all response. ALICE is the leading Active Shooter training solution that increases an organizations and individuals odds at survival during a violent intruder event because it goes beyond traditional lockdown. ALICE stands for:
ALICE Active Shooter Training has also been noted for best practices by the following agencies and organizations:
ALICE Active Shooter Blended Training is very affordable at $69 per person. It is certainly a valuable skill that will not only teach camp counselors what to do at camp but this training is beneficial in the shopping mall, movie theater, grocery store and/or a ball game. We may also have one more added benefit for your organization as well. Ask us how ALICE Training may help you save on your insurance costs.
To book an ALICE Active Shooter training session, please email Tucker Consulting & Training Services @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (904) 469-6741.
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Yolanda M. Tucker has over twenty years of corporate procurement experience. Yolanda holds two Master's degrees, one in Contracts & Acquisition Management from Strayer University. She holds an Administrative and Regulatory Law Certification from Florida Coastal School of Law. Yolanda is also a certified American Heart Association Instructor and a certified ALICE Active Shooter Instructor.