Afternoon Coffee: P&G Inks Supply Chain Deal with EPA, Weather Threatens Infrastructure

This is not procurement/supply chain related, but it is close to our hearts at Spend Matters.
Earlier this week, one of my dearest friends and founder of the rowing team I coach for, Recovery on Water, was sexually assaulted while sleeping in her boat on her journey around Lake Michigan to raise funds and awareness for our team and breast cancer research. I mention it on the pages of Spend Matters to reach a large audience in the hopes of catching the criminal, whose sketch can be seen in this article. Jenn is safe and will continue her journey by bike until Muskegon, where she will continue her row back to Chicago. Any information is appreciated, and should be reported to the Michigan State Police. Thank you.

P&G goes green.
P&G, EPA Ink Supply Chain Partnership -- The Procter & Gamble Company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) announce the signing of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop new tools to optimize sustainability improvements in manufacturing facilities, and their associated supply chains. These improvements will directly address the endpoints of P&G's long-term environmental sustainability vision, announced in September of 2010. This vision includes: 1) Powering its plants with 100 percent renewable energy; 2) Using 100 percent renewable materials or recyclate for all its products and packaging; 3) Having zero consumer or manufacturing waste going to landfills; and 4) Designing products that delight consumers while maximizing the conservation of resources.

Egypt goes for the cheap.
London 2012: Egypt Olympic team get 'fake' Nike kit -- A Nike spokesman said the company was recently made aware that the EOC chose a sports gear vendor who allegedly supplied counterfeit footwear and apparel bearing the Nike trademarks. The company said it was now in discussions with the EOC to see if a solution could be reached. But the committee's chairman, Gen Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, defended the decision to go for the "counterfeit" gear because of his country's tight finances, AP reports. "We signed with a Chinese distributor in light of Egypt's economic situation," he said.

The wrath of Mother Nature.
Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling -- From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation's infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms. On a single day this month here, a US Airways regional jet became stuck in asphalt that had softened in 100-degree temperatures, and a subway train derailed after the heat stretched the track so far that it kinked -- inserting a sharp angle into a stretch that was supposed to be straight.

- Sheena Moore

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