Friday Latte: Provade Moves to Milwaukee, Higg Index, Chicago City Procurement is Shady

Featuring a quote from our own lead analyst, Thomas Kase.
Provade moves headquarters to Milwaukee -- A Silicon Valley software provider that has been expanding gradually in Milwaukee will move its headquarters here, company officials said. Provade Inc. provides software that helps large companies manage their external workforce, such as contract employees and temporary workers. Provade has more than 40 employees, about half of whom will now be in Milwaukee, said Edward Jackson, the privately held firm's president. Jackson said he will stay in the San Francisco area, but the majority of Provade's management team - including the heads of engineering, product management, professional services and human resources - will be in Milwaukee. The company's vice president for product management is Peter Parks, who was previously with ManpowerGroup in Milwaukee. The remaining employees who are not in Milwaukee work from remote locations.

Brand, product, facility.
Target, Nike, Levi's Join Forces on Sustainable Clothing -- This morning the Sustainable Apparel Coalition–a trade group of several companies with interests in the apparel industry, ranging fromCoca-Cola, which licenses its name for apparel, to retailers such asTarget to NGOs and government agencies to direct apparel manufacturers such as Nike, REI, and Levi's–launched a sustainability tool called the Higg Index, which will enable the industry to assess the sustainability of products. The index covers three primary areas–brand, product, and facility–and is aimed at giving the apparel industry a way to assess the sustainability of any particular product throughout the supply chain.

And the sparkling, praiseworthy Chicago leadership continues...natch.
Report: No-bid deals under Daley wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars -- Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars by liberally issuing no-bid, emergency contracts in violation of the city's own internal policy, Inspector General Joe Ferguson said in a report Thursday. Ferguson accused Daley's Department of Procurement Services of awarding 10 different emergency contracts for concrete sewer pipes between March 2010 and April, 2011 without adequately documenting the decision not to advertise for those jobs. As a result, Ferguson said, Chicago taxpayers spent $467,000 more than they would have under the competitively bid contract ultimately awarded by the city and $201,000 more than the same service would have cost the city under the previous supplier.

And I guarantee 90% of Comcast customers will still be deluded and confused.
Xfinity? Comcast Sets Out to Explain Bundled Service -- Comcast Corp. is launching a marketing campaign costing at least $170 million, to fix what Chief Executive Brian Roberts has acknowledged has been a less-than-successful two-old corporate rebranding effort. The campaign is aimed at improving consumer understanding of the Xfinity brand, introduced by Comcast in 2010 as the name for its overall umbrella of services that include TV, phone and Internet access.

- Sheena Moore

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