A Welcome to Procurement Insights


Out of 15,000 hosts, Blog Talk Radio names Jon Hansen as one of their top 300 hosts

Jon Hansen Top 300 Hosts

More to know about the Procurement Insights Blog;

  • Recognized as one of the Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on Procurement in 2019, 2021

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  • A two-time Ottawa Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award


When I started the Procurement Insights blog back in May 2007 I never had what you would say a grand plan. Seth Godin once said that he blogs because he can think of no other medium through which he can more freely write. In other words and like any writer the medium, and in particular blogging, is a means to an end in that it provides an outlet for one’s passion to express their thoughts and feelings. I could not agree more.

The fact that people read my posts still amazes me, let alone take the time to comment and be moved by my words. I am for this abundantly grateful. By the way, this is the same attitude I have relative to my listeners who faithfully tune in to the PI Window on the World radio show on Blog Talk Radio – which aired more than 900 episodes between 2009 and 2018.

Notwithstanding the above, there were, of course, practical reasons for becoming a blogger starting with the convenience of being able to write and publish anytime from anyplace. The fact that it enabled me to break the necessary yet confining shackles of working with a variety of editors from various publications was no small incentive. However, I still do write quite extensively for a number of publications around the world.

The key point is that blogging is a powerful tool through which any passionate writer can instantly respond to industry news without being mindful of a publication date or word count limitations (although I usually like to limit my posts to between 500 and 1,000 words). Think of the difference between writing for a magazine and blogging in terms of attempting to parallel park a bus as opposed to a sleek and much smaller sports car.

Of course, at the end of the day, the one rule that remains constant regardless of medium is that content is king. Merely having the ability to write does not necessarily mean that you mindlessly spew forth nonsensical phrases or irresponsibly wax polemic. You have to actually have something worthwhile to say and share. This means that you also have to do your homework.

For me, this latter point is the linchpin for a good blog post.

When you take your time to do your homework you are in essence paying the highest compliment to your readers. This demonstrates that you both respect and value their time and as a result want to make certain that you are not merely expressing an opinion but delivering tangible insight from a position of knowledge through which they will hopefully derive some benefit.

This to me is the most rewarding part of blogging . . . having an impact and making a difference. The fact that this blog’s readership has steadily grown over the past twelve and counting years would seem to indicate that I have succeeded more times than I have failed in this regard. But once again, the credit and thanks go to you the reader.

All this being said, and as part of what was the lead-up to my 1,000th blog post, here are the top 5 posts in terms of most reads from the Procurement Insights archives. It will be interesting to see what you think in terms of what was written back then and how it relates to our world today.

Top PI Blog Posts Countdown No. 1: Managing Supply Chain Risk (The Nokia and Ericsson Case Study)

Top PI Blog Posts Countdown No. 2: Double Marginalization and the Decentralized Supply Chain

Top PI Blog Posts Countdown No. 3: Is There a Difference Between Purchasing and Procurement? (A PI Q&A)

Top PI Blog Posts Countdown No. 4: Rosslyn Analytics Adaptive Intelligence Reflects Scientific Principles

Top PI Blog Posts Countdown No. 5: How Vulnerable Are We To A Cyberattack?

In the meantime, and I think that I have already said this but it is worth repeating . . . thank you for taking the time to read my blog. It has been a privilege to have you as a reader!

JWH Profile Pic Sept 2019

By the way, and if you haven’t already read enough of my writing by way of the blog, my book – which was co-written with Buyers Meeting Point’s Kelly Barner, is available through Amazon.

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NOTE: Effective August 31st, 2015, Procurement Insights and Procurement Insights European Union Edition will no longer offer sponsorships to service providers. Read more about it through the following post It is time for procurement to come of age.


16 Responses “A Welcome to Procurement Insights” →
  1. How does one go about subscribing to Procure Insights?

    • Thank you for your interest in subscribing. In terms of the Procurement Insights Blog you can select the RSS feed to automatically receive new post notifications via e-mail.

      If you are interested in the Procurement Insights Resource Library, simply select the subscribe button to process the annual fee payment of $25 US through PayPal.

      I would also like to invite you to listen to the April 9 On-Demand broadcast of the PI Window on Business broadcast which featured a guest panel that discussed the question, “Is the traditional association membership model dead?” Here is the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Jon-Hansen

  2. A great resource for the folks in procurement. And here is a view on procurement from the other side of the fence.


    A future collaberation opportunity?

    The Closer

  3. Hi John,

    We love your commentary. We represent ThomasNet.com and we are working closely with ISM as well! We would love to share our news/industry commentary with you as well as feature your commentary on ThomasNet News!

    I am filling out the form below and look forward to hearing from you!
    Best regards,

    Carin Warner
    Warner Communication

  4. Nice resource for procurement people. look forward to hearing from you soon. thanks

  5. Congratulations Jon. Fantastic job on hitting the 1000 post mark. I am sure many dont make it that far!

    • Like the radio show, I wish I could say that it was all part of a big plan Alun . . . but it wasn’t.

      Similar to when Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak, it just happened.

      That said, thanks for reading and commenting as none of this would have been possible without my readers (and listeners).

  6. Hi Jon – I work for a Europe based procurement tech firm which will soon be expanding into the North American market. Are you interested in hearing from or meeting an organisation like this to learn more about their plans?


  7. Former Employee

    September 29, 2016

    Any truth to the rumors the all of the executives are out at SciQuest?

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