Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

A Filbert Fall? Hazelnut Prices Plummet, But For How Long…

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Abigail Green, at Mintec Ltd. As we move toward Christmas, some of the traditional favourites are beginning to make more of a presence on our shelves, not least of all hazelnuts. While hazelnuts remain one the most common and consumed nuts, their prices this year have plummeted following news of an excellent crop for the 2012/13 season, however in the run-up to Christmas prices have now begun to recover. Over the past year hazelnut prices have been at two extremes, both at their highest levels for over five years, and also their lowest […]

Afternoon Coffee: Macy’s Personal Info Parade, Amazon Shortens Supply Chain, Apple Dumping Samsung?

"We will be conducting an investigation into this matter as well as reviewing our procedures for the disposing of sensitive documents." Police documents found in parade confetti --Finkelstein, a Tufts University freshman, said he and his friends were concerned and picked up more confetti that had fallen around them. "There are phone numbers, addresses, more Social Security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police." The documents were apparently from the Nassau County Police Department. "I'm just completely in shock," said Finkelstein, 18. "How could someone have this kind of information, and how could […]

What Procurement Events Should You Attend in 2013? (Part 2)

ISM – Let’s be candid. ISM events are generally inferior in terms of content consistency. The great irony of this is the approach they take to evaluate potential presentations and speakers nearly a year in advance! It clearly doesn’t work, as the amount of duds and dogs that work their way on stage who would never pass muster at Procurement Leaders, SIG, ProcureCon or other shows is more than material. Yes, there are some great talks. But overall, the ISM conference brand is the most inconsistent of all in learning and speaking quality.

A Spend Matters PRO Endorsement

We're thankful for the endorsement that Pete Louglin has provided to Spend Matters PRO over on his blog, Purchasing Insight. We've admittedly done a poor job marketing PRO thus far – focusing on the quality of the content above anything else – but we think 2013 is going to be a big year for our subscription site. We're thrilled some of our colleagues are recognizing what we've done in the past few months with our Spend Matters PRO effort: "Spend Matters PRO is now offering one of the most authoritative sources of views and analysis in our industry and in […]

Spend Matters: Five Changes for 2013

We've been quiet of late about our plans for 2013 here at Spend Matters and across our sites. But behind the scenes, we've been laying the groundwork for a very significant year of change and growth. While we'll be sharing a number of the details in the coming months, here's a preview of the changes to come: A clear push to offer free, "freemium" and premium content. Most Spend Matters readers don't know what they're missing in terms of our freemium (registration required) and premium (pay wall) content. This will change early in 2013 as we make the lines more […]

Hubwoo’s New Network Launch: Plumbing, Collaboration & More (Part 2)

Please click here for the first installment of this series. There are really two different elements to Hubwoo 3.0 network strategy and execution. The first is extremely pragmatic: take functionality that either existed (or didn't) in procurement applications and stick it in the cloud as part of a network offering surrounding on-premise procurement environments (e.g., SAP SRM, Oracle eBusiness Suite). In Hubwoo's words, this can both help users gain more value from existing eProcurement or ERP implementations and potentially avoid Ariba/SAP fees. Hubwoo told Spend Matters the first component of the initial element of their offering is a stand-alone search […]