Friday Latte: Procurement Jobs, Corn Prices Sink, McDonald’s Coffee, Volunteer Out of Debt?

A big milestone for!
100 procurement jobs on Spend Matters -- Our lovely new procurement jobs website, Spend Matters search4 procurement is now one month old and we've hit the 100 jobs advertised mark! A sincere thank you to our original recruitment friends at GPA, Langley Search and Selection, Lorien, and1st Executive, and welcome to recent additions Beaumont Select, Berwick Partnersand Carlisle Managed Solutions. We're also delighted to see the London Universities Purchasing Consortium – a very progressive and successful organization – advertising for a Senior Contracts Manager at around £45K. We welcome opportunities being advertised directly by organizations like this, as well as through recruitment specialists.

After the drought...
Corn Prices Sink as Exports Slack -- The drop came after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said net export sales for corn for the week through Oct. 18 totaled 142,300 metric tons. That was below analyst estimates that ranged from 150,000 to 375,000 tons. The lackluster report highlighted how foreign importers, including China and Japan, have bypassed U.S. corn after prices soared to record highs this past summer as a severe drought damaged crops.

Interesting concept.
Startup Aims To Help College Grads Volunteer Their Way Out Of Student Debt -- Millennials aren't much for volunteering, but Kelli Space and Sabrina Norrie think that they've found a way to increase Gen Y's philanthropic participation rate while appealing to their peers' much maligned sense of self-interest. The two twentysomethings have founded Zero Bound – a platform that allows students and recent grads to pledge hours of service to not-for-profit organizations in exchange for donations toward reducing their debt from sponsors in their communities.

McDonald's to Roll Out Bagged Coffee in Canada -- McDonald's Corp. plans to start selling ground coffee at some of its Canadian restaurants in November. The world's largest fast-food chain would be following in the footsteps of Dunkin' Donuts by selling bagged coffee under its brand after building loyalty among its restaurant customers. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based burger giant has been expanding its coffee and specialty-drink business since launching the "McCafe" menu in the U.S. about five years ago.

- Sheena Moore

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