Afternoon Coffee: Corporate United and BravoSolution Event, Python Problems, Corn Prices Falling

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Changing the Game: Evolving Procurement to Become Vital to Your Company -- It's not the strongest that survive, it's the most adaptable. The business landscape is constantly changing, and your professional evolution is the key to your ongoing success. Corporate United, the nation's largest group purchasing organization, and BravoSolution, the leading provider of supply management solutions, will be holding an educational event for procurement professionals at the Renaissance O'Hare on December 4, 2012. The half day complimentary event has been designed to challenge your thinking, provide new ideas and enable your continuous journey towards becoming an indispensable resource within your organization.

"when it comes to pythons the rules are being widely exploited."
Python skin trade worth a billion - and often illegal -- The global trade in python skins is often illegal and is threatening the survival of some species, says a new International Trade Centre report. Researchers say the growing demand for handbags and other fashion items in Europe is fuelling imports. But the trade is so poorly regulated that it is extremely difficult to establish the true source of the skins. The authors argue that in some locations, the methods used to kill the snakes are extremely cruel.

"Commodities traders and investors say they have noticed signs of rising demand for U.S. corn."
Traders Stalk a Rally for U.S. Corn -- U.S. corn prices soared this summer as drought destroyed crops, sending buyers scurrying for cheaper grains from other countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Ukraine. But now, U.S. prices have fallen and supplies of corn elsewhere are drying up, prompting some traders to bet U.S. corn will soon be in demand once again. Tom Crouch, manager of TKC Investments, a commodity-trading advisory firm in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is betting on such a resurgence. His reasoning: Buyers "will have to come to the U.S. eventually."

China and The Onion.
Oops! China's Communist Party paper hails NKorea's Kim being named The Onion's 'sexiest man' -- he online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive" -- not realizing it is satire. The People's Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."

- Sheena Moore

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