Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

Congressional spend management: craving junk food as much as anyone else.

Congress' Food Tab: $604,000 for Bottled Water, $152 at Quiznos -- House members spent part of their Members Representational Allowances on these items -- and more -- during the nine-month period between late 2009 and early 2010 covered by the Sunlight Foundation's House Expenditure Reports Database. The info is highly enlightening, revealing, for instance, the popularity of Chantilly Donut's sinkers; what it costs to feed hungry congressional pages; and how lucrative it can be to own a part of the cottage industry of keeping our duly elected representatives fed and well hydrated.

No joke -- when I was an intern in DC, one of my "tasks" was to "guard the water cooler to make sure nobody from other departments used it." Those other departments must have been the bottled water drinkers...

The headline below is too witty for me to try to come up with another one.

Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax -- Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I. ... Cash-strapped Massachusetts still collects a 6.25 percent sales tax and an annual excise tax on yachts. Sources say Isabel sold for something in the neighborhood of $7 million, meaning Kerry saved approximately $437,500 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of about $70,000. The senior senator's chief of staff David Wade denied the old salt was berthing his boat out of state to avoid ponying up to the commonwealth.

Congressional spend management, indeed...

Ask these questions.

Questions You Should Ask Before Implementing a Supply Chain Solution -- Before you implement a supply chain planning or execution solution, you should talk to other companies that have implemented the solution (ideally, about 20 companies), as well as consultants and analysts familiar with the technology. If you are a busy executive and don't have the time to conduct these interviews, someone on your staff can execute this research or you can hire an outside firm like ARC to do it. Click the above link to read more.

How flexible is your supply chain?

Supply Chain News: Our Guru Panel Weighs in on How to Define and Measure Supply Chain Flexibility -- Last week, SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore wrote a column about the challenge of defining and measuring supply chain flexibility. The topic isn't only of academic issue. A recent survey of CEOs by IBM found that increasing operational "dexterity," another term for flexibility, was near the top of the corporate priority list. But what SCM flexibility means and how to measure it remain illusive.

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