Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

Good news for Procurian.
Zurich Selects Procurian and Genpact to Manage Global Spend and Transform Procurement Across Organizationd -- Procurian, formerly ICG Commerce, and Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) announced today that they have been selected to deliver a global, comprehensive Source-to-Pay solution to Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and its subsidiaries (Zurich), a leading multi-line insurance provider. Together with its long-standing partner Genpact, Procurian, the leading comprehensive procurement solutions provider, will help Zurich reduce costs and continuously optimize spending in the areas of IT, professional services, marketing, HR, facilities and travel.

Walmart bribery in Mexico?
Walmart To Be Investigated By Congress Over Mexican Bribery Scandal -- Two Democratic Representatives launched an investigation Monday afternoon into the Walmart bribery scandal, which broke on Saturday with a New York Times story that claimed Walmart had systematically bribed Mexican officials in order to obtain permits during its hasty expansion in the country. As a first step, Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) and Henry Waxman (D-California) sent a letter to Mike Duke, Walmart's CEO, requesting an in-person meeting with company officials by April 27.

Ford shutdown in Australia due to chemical supply shortage?
Ford may be forced into shutdown -- VICTORIA'S car manufacturing industry is facing a fresh crisis with a crucial components supplier to Ford likely to go into administration today - forcing the car maker to start standing down hundreds of staff from Thursday. It comes as 350 workers sacked by Toyota last week plan to gather in protest at its Altona plant this morning, with their union expected to accuse the car maker in the Federal Court of targeting shop stewards and health and safety representatives when deciding who to fire.

Them there those ain't bagels, Dunkin'.
New York Bakery Takes Legal Action Against Dunkin' Donuts' Fake "Artisan" Bagels -- You probably had the same reaction I did when you caught a glimpse of Dunkin' Donuts' hard-to-avoid new line of Artisan Bagels. This was probably the same reaction you had when you came across Domino's Artisan Pizzas, or Starbucks' Artisan Breakfast Sandwiches, or Tostitos Artisan Recipes Tortilla Chips, or Burger King's artisan bun. You may have rolled your eyes, shaken your head, chuckled, and exclaimed some *choice* language, even. After all, we strongly suspect that there are no bakers hand-rolling bagels in Dunkin' Donuts factories at wooden benches, or that Starbuck's sandwich aren't being assembled in small batches by skilled sandwich craftsmen minutes before you chance upon them in their hermetically sealed packages, or that there is nothing simple and natural about the Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Whey, Ascorbic Acid, L-cysteine, and Silicon Dioxide in the dough conditioner in Domino's new Italian Sausage & Pepper Trio offering.

- Sheena Moore

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