Some purchasing managers submit written weekly, monthly, or annual activity reports to their boss. How often does the purchasing manager do so in your organization?

Only for unusual events or when requested.

The American Purchasing Society, Inc. is an organization of buyers, purchasing managers, executives, and others interested in the purchasing profession. We were founded in 1969 and have members from every state and 28 countries worldwide. Our objective is to help people learn about purchasing and improve the business purchasing function through education and our certification program. We were the first organization to establish a certification program for professional buyers and purchasing managers and our Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) program is unique because we not only measure the competence of the applicants through a written examination, but we conduct reference checks to evaluate the applicant's business reputation. The American Purchasing Society's educational objectives are achieved through training programs and our own educational publications of interest to business and the purchasing community.

The Society's Staff


Harry E. Hough - CEO and President

Richard H. Hough - Executive Vice President

Caroline S. Sieben - Controller

Lynne M. Marlor - Member Services

Mimi M. Steinwart - Member Services

Robert Menard, CPP - Contributing Editor

Jeff Steele - Contributing Editor

I thought the course (The Science of Negotiation) was well laid out, built a base and kept adding to it until you had a complete picture.

Julie Schilling, CPP
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