Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

Sourcing spies -- Here's to hoping we do a better job than the Ruskies.

Russian 'spies' were no James Bonds -- The funniest aspect of the careers of the 10 alleged Russian "agents" arrested in the US is how inept they were -- and how apparently unsuccessful. They have not even been charged with espionage, only with not registering as agents, or representatives, of a foreign government and with money laundering.

Sometimes the past isn't worth revisiting.

Cheers to England's NHS for supply chain savings!

NHS "saves £200m" in supply chain -- NHS Supply Chain has calculated that it has saved trusts across England and Wales more than £200 million through its operation of the national procurement and supply chain contract. It says these savings have been achieved by delivering both improved product prices and through efficient supply chain service delivery.

Should we consider outsourcing procurement in the US to cut healthcare costs? Why can't GPOs generate savings like this?

It's definitely not cloudy in Chicago today.

Ariba Live discussion: How cloud alters landscape for e-commerce, procurement and supply chain management -- Listen to the podcast and see what you think. Much ado about the Cloud = much ado about nothing? You decide...

Always demanding.

China demand fears weigh on commodities -- Risk aversion returned to the commodity markets on Tuesday morning as signs of slowing demand growth from China gave investors the jitters. A move to close out positions by the end of the second quarter also appeared to be contributing to the falls. Nymex August West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped $1.46 to $76.79 a barrel, and copper for delivery in three months fell 2.8 per cent to $6,620 a tonne on the London Metal Exchange.

Steve Jobs talks about conflict minerals.

Steve Jobs Stumbles Into the Congo Conflict Minerals Debate -- Read the back and forth e-mail chain between Jobs himself and one Apple customer.

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