Author Archives: Brianna Tonner

Infographic: Accomplishing Supply Chain Visibility Through MRO-as-a-Service

A few weeks ago, we published a four-part series focused on how maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) is a significant — yet often overlooked — business function in the supply chain. Authored by Michael Lamoureux, research analyst, and Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, the series explores how this ignored category is abundant with possibilities for cost savings and overall supply chain improvements, especially when using a managed service provider model that works in the product supply chain in your approach.

Pabst Brewing Company Acquired by Russia’s Oasis Beverages, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down, Home Depot Sees Major Card Breach

There’s a blue ribbon on it for a reason, right? Russia’s Oasis Beverages announced this week that it will be acquiring the American brewing company Pabst Blue Ribbon. Forget Target’s card breach during the holidays, Home Depot has said that 56 million cards may have been compromised in the past five months. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Pizza Hut Announces New ‘Skinny Slice’, Uber to Recruit Military Veterans, ConAgra Foods’ Profits Jump

All college freshman rejoice -- Pizza Hut is testing out some “skinny slice” pizzas! Truth be told, not much is different about the new pizzas: the crust is a bit thinner, there are fewer toppings and less cheese is applied. So basically instead of eating three slices of Pizza Hut’s regular pizza, you’ll be eating six “skinny” slices. ConAgra Foods, producers of brands such as Egg Beaters and Crunch ‘n Munch, announced that its fiscal first-quarter earnings more than tripled. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

NASA Partners with Boeing, SpaceX to Build ‘Space Taxis’, Kohl’s Hiring Holiday Workers, General Mills to Streamline and Save

Kohl’s plans to hire big for the holidays. The company said it will hire more than 67,000 workers this holiday season, an increase of about 34% from last year. Tip your housekeeper… Marriott has announced a new tipping program that it is launching at its hotels—and it is not sitting well with many of its customers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Coca-Cola’s Surge is Back, Sears Borrows From Chief Executive, Wal-Mart’s Chief Spokesman Resigns

Coca-Cola’s Surge is back—all 90s kids rejoice! After more than a decade since the popular drink was discontinued, a Facebook group called “SURGE Movement” has prompted Coca-Cola to stock Amazon’s virtual shelves with 12-packs. Sears Holdings is turning to its chief executive, Edward S. Lampert, for financial assistance. The company plans to borrow $400 million from the billionaire. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Apple’s iPhone 6 Preorder Issues Continue; Hedge Fund Plans to Fix Olive Garden

Apple’s iPhone 6 preorders started today and while the ordering process was smooth for many, there have been a few hiccups. Meanwhile, more than 1 million Kidde residential smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been recalled because of a defect that could cause them to fail. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Friday Latte: Mobile Technology Struggles, Apple, Nestle's Ice Mountain Water, and Coca-Cola

Struggles in technology Mobile revolution, economy trip up tech giants -- (Reuters) - Mobile may be the future for technology, but even with the worldwide proliferation of high-powered devices like smartphones and tablets, some companies are struggling to maintain consistent revenue streams. Earnings disappointments this week from Intel Corp, Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and AMD underscore how Silicon Valley, both the old guard and new, is struggling to profit from consumers' waning love affair with the stalwart PC and infatuation with mobile -- the most significant tectonic shift in the industry since the advent of the Internet... A new 13-inch […]

Afternoon Coffee: Macy's New Brands; Twitter Silences Group; Google's Chromebook; Yelp's New Alerts

Macy's hearts Millennials Macy's Unveils First Phase for Millennials -- Macy's today detailed the first phase of the retailer's implementation of its Millennial initiative by announcing the rollout or expansion of more than 20 brands for its Macy's mstylelab (primarily serving customers ages 13 to 22) and Impulse (primarily serving customers ages 19 to 30) departments. Announced in spring 2012 with an internal restructure to focus on this customer and a plan to be implemented in progressive stages, Macy's Millennial strategy aims to position the retailer to attract and retain customers in the Millennial generation - now America's largest and […]

Afternoon Coffee: Nike drops Lance Armstrong; New Kindle Tool from Amazon; Target to Match Prices

Woah. Armstrong Is Dropped by Nike as He Quits Role With His Charity -- A week after the United States Anti-Doping Agency made public its evidence in a doping case against Lance Armstrong, saying he was at the center of an organized doping program on his Tour de France winning teams, Armstrong on Wednesday stepped down as chairman of Livestrong, his cancer foundation, the organization that inspired millions fighting the disease. The fallout from the antidoping agency's report also prompted Nike, the company that stood by Armstrong through more than a decade's worth of doping allegations, to terminate his contract […]

Afternoon Coffee: Pandit leaves Citigroup; Amazon's Advertising; Google's Privacy Practices

Pandit has left Citigroup Pandit Steps Down as Chief of Citigroup -- Citigroup's board said on Tuesday that Vikram S. Pandit had stepped down as chief executive, effective immediately, and would be succeeded by the head of the bank's European and Middle Eastern division, Michael L. Corbat. His resignation comes after long-simmering tensions with the bank's board. In particular, the board's chairman, Michael E. O'Neill, had been increasingly critical of Mr. Pandit's management, according to several people close to the bank... Will Amazon become the next advertising giant? Amazon's Next Big Business Is Selling You -- Facebook knows who your […]

Afternoon Coffee: Tata Nano coming to US; Sunland, Inc. nut recall; Amazon to buy TI's mobile chip?

Cool and affordable. $3,000 Tata Nano coming to U.S. -- A pocket-sized car for pocket change? It could soon be a reality for American drivers, but they'll still need pretty big pockets. The chairman of Indian automaker Tata has announced that he plans to bring the $3,000 Nano micro car to the United States within three years, according to Automotive News. Ratan Tata told the news outlet that the 10-foot-long car four-door is being redesigned for sales in the U.S. and Europe... Double-check your peanut stash Salmonella recall expands to raw, roasted peanuts -- Raw and roasted peanuts made by […]

Friday Latte: Boeing News, Another Bain Capital Buy, iPad Mini to Arrive Sooner?

Boeing is setting some goals and creating quite a few more jetsBoeing gets grip on 787 supply chain with upsized jumbos --(Reuters) - A Boeing Co official said the planemaker has its sprawling global supply chain under control for its lightweight Dreamliner jet and plans to ratchet up production, a jump in output a Japanese supplier said could expose new supply bottlenecks. Boeing has outfitted at least four 747 freighters with wider fuselages, dubbed "Dreamlifters", to gather parts from around the world for its 787 jet that are then assembled at plants in Washington and South Carolina in the United […]