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.
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.