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Post-recession supply chain?

Supply chain contemplates post-recession future -- Opinion divided on whether supply chain will change modus operandi based on lessons learned from downturn.

"When you come out of a recession, only 10 percent of the costs you save [during it] are sustainable," said Thomas W. Speh, James Evans Rees distinguished professor of distribution at Miami (Ohio) University's Richard T. Farmer School of Business, at a press conference following the early June release of the 2010 State of Logistics Report. "My concern is we are going to forget some of those lessons."

Contracts for oil spill clean up are being awarded.

Massive Gulf Coast cleanup effort provides boon to local companies -- Businesses and nonprofits in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. have won millions in Gulf of Mexico cleanup contracts, taking on a diverse set of jobs spanning from technical support to bird surveys to figuring out what caused the spill. The federal government has obligated at least $12 million worth of contracts across the three jurisdictions to aid the response to the BP oil gusher, according to data posted online by the Federal Procurement Data System. The list does not yet include Defense Department contracts.

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Ingram CEO: Supply Chain Shortages Are Gone -- Ingram Micro, which had lost "tens of millions of dollars" in potential business during the fourth quarter of last year and first quarter this year, saw negligible impact caused by product shortages in the second quarter, Spierkel said. "Where there were constraints in printing, networking and displays, the supply chain globally has caught up with market dynamics," Spierkel told CRN after the $30 billion distribution power Thursday posted a 24 percent sales increase for its second fiscal quarter ended July 3, its largest quarterly sales increase in 11 years.

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