It looks like Reed is standardizing on a similar format and design for their online publication sites and as a result, Purchasing.com recently got a face lift. Just like Supply Chain Management Review, the new site puts bloggers front and center (well, on the right to be exact). Personally, besides the fact that I think it's great that Purchasing is promoting bloggers, I believe the new aesthetic feel of the site is a gigantic improvement over the old one which was difficult to navigate. If you're curious to check out their blogs now that they're not hidden deep in the site, one feed that I would strongly recommend you bookmark is Walter Buczynski's The Global View. Walter blogs from China on a range of global sourcing, talent management and related issues. Even though he only gets to post every week or two, I usually find a sage observation or piece of advice in what he has to say. When Walter shares his thoughts on the comments pages of Spend Matters, I always find his insights useful as well.
I'm curious about what the Spend Matters community thinks about the new Purchasing.com site (not to mention the future of trade publications and their online sites in general). Once you've had a few minutes to snoop around, please take a minute or two to voice your opinion here. It would be great to get a dialog started similar to the debates we've been having about the similarities and differences of analysts and bloggers. After all, good old fashioned journalism and reporting has got just as important a role in the Spend Management world as well.