Afternoon Coffee: 2013 Supply Chains, Busiest Expense Report Day, Runway Safety

From E2Open's CEO Mark Woodward.
5 Supply Chain Predictions For 2013, The Year Of The Network -- t's that time of year when we celebrate the fact that next year is a clean slate and all is possible. It's also the time when we propose our budgets and very quickly realize that we'd better focus on what's important, as that's where the budget will inevitably go. Or, as the beloved Judge Smails ofCaddyshack -- an amateur CFO (little known fact)-- says to his grandson Spalding, "You'll have nothing--and like it!"

Runway safety.
Boeing and Embraer collaborate for runway safety -- New pilot procedures, training and technology are effective and practical ways to eliminate runway excursions for Boeing and Embraer customers," said Ray Conner, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Runway excursion is one of the three major contributors to aviation accidents, and we firmly believe that a robust set of pilot procedures, training and new technology will substantially reduce these events," said Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

GM's new head of global purchasing.
-- General Motors has appointed the head of its Brazil operations as the company's global purchasing czar. Grace Lieblein, 52, will oversee GM's $77 billion annual purchasing budget as the company's vice president of global purchasing and supply chain, GM said in a statement today. She will assume the post immediately, reporting to GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky.

It's the most...wonderful tiiiiime...of the year.
Busiest Day for Expense Reports Exposes Potential Two Billion Dollar Waste for U.S. Businesses -- As many employees get ready for their holiday break, company accountants are bracing for one of the most chaotic and costly times of the year. Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, identified December 19th as the busiest day for submitting expense reports in the U.S last year*. For the vast majority of businesses that haven't yet automated the expense reporting process, this means a tidal wave of T&E reimbursement requests overwhelming manual and paper-based expense reporting process. It also has an impact on a company's cash-flow and underscores a huge cost disparity between manual and automated processes.

- Sheena Moore

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