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Procurement really becoming a top issue.

Capgemini: Procurement Now Getting CEO Attention, But Challenges Still Lie Ahead -- Capgemini Consulting's fourth annual 2010 Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey, based on 150 responses from CPOs and senior Supply Chain leaders of over 150 global companies from Europe, Asia and the Americas, shows that Procurement's visibility and standing in organizations has taken a step up as 65% felt that the economy is showing clear signs of recovery from recession, although the mindset has not completely returned to "business as usual."

Some Hollywood procurement news.

Ke$ha Says Former Manager Acted as Unlicensed Agent -- "The Talent Agencies Act is a particularly fierce weapon when deployed against managers, and even the smallest acts of procurement can be lethal. The law was weakened a few years ago by the California Supreme Court, which questioned whether a single act of procurement should void an entire deal. But in this case, Ke$ha is alleging that her managers procured a large number of gigs."

Starbucks is hiring.

Starbucks: The next generation -- Throughout the fall, executives at Seattle-based Starbucks have been fanning out across six schools--the names of which Gibbons declined to identify--to interview undergraduates and graduate students with backgrounds in logistics, engineering, and operations research. From this process will come a select group of young talent who, starting in July 2011 and continuing for an undetermined number of years, will be hired and groomed to head Starbucks' supply chain for perhaps as long as the next two decades.

It's rough out there in outsourcing.

Analysis: The growing threat of outsourcing fraud -- According to those close to the issue, a growing number of companies are at an increased risk of fraud. How so? Because they're joining the ranks of businesses that are outsourcing critical functions to third parties. And the risk is greatest, it turns out, in the very locations to which a growing proportion of work is being outsourced - the world's emerging markets.

Sheena Moore

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