Business: Purchasers in Pittsburgh

Assembled in Pittsburgh's Hotel William Penn for a four-day convention last week was the National Association of Purchasing Agents, a close-knit organization with more of the attributes of a professional than of a business body. As individuals, purchasing agents seldom make news. In the corporate hierarchy they are usually obscured by the dazzle of the sales department, the impressive spectacle of production, even by the methodical researchers. Only at Christmas does the purchasing agent come into his own. Then he is showered with gifts (usually returned) from the host of salesmen who want to keep or gain his favor.

Yet in convention...

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