Author Archives: Sydney Lazarus

General Mills Voiding Consumers’ Rights to Sue, Home Depot Branches into E-Commerce

- April 17, 2014 12:42 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

General Mills is quietly updating its privacy policy to void consumers’ right to sue if they download coupons, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes, or “Like” the company on Facebook. And burrito procurement is about to get more expensive as Chipotle raises prices throughout the country. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, with an emphasis on food today.

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GM to Seek Court Protection Against Lawsuits, Spending Cuts in France, Google Glass Sale

- April 16, 2014 12:35 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

General Motors plans to seek court protection against lawsuits related to incidents before its 2009 bankruptcy. And spending cuts are coming in France. The prime minister plans to cut roughly $29 billion from pensions, health care, and social care. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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GM Senior Staff Shake-Up, Federal Reserve Considering Tougher Rules for Banks, The North Korea Marathon

- April 15, 2014 12:47 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

The Federal Reserve is considering tougher rules for big banks, who would be required to hold more capital in the case of another financial crisis. And two senior executives are leaving General Motors. According to a company spokesman, the departures are not connected with GM’s recent vehicle recalls. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in spending and procurement.

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Bangladesh Labor Activists Beaten and Threatened, Food Supply Legislation in UAE, New BMW Recall

- April 14, 2014 12:43 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Labor activists in Bangladesh claim say have been beaten and threatened for trying to form unions among garment factory workers. And new legislation up for approval in the United Arab Emirates would penalize food operators selling contaminated, fake, or rotten foods with jail sentences of up to three years and fines of up to the equivalent of $544,519. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Google Glass to Go on Sale for 24 Hours, Sebelius Resigns, More Restaurants Doing Away with Tips

- April 11, 2014 12:45 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Google Glass will be on sale to the US public for a single day. If you’re at least 18 years old and can afford the $1,500 price tag, mark April 15 down in your calendar. And automakers have recalled about 9 million vehicles thus far this year in the U.S. If the trend continues, the 2004 record of 30.8 million recalled vehicles could be broken. Friday Latte brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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P&G’s Palm Oil Supply Chain, Walmart Branches into Organic Food, Sriracha Deemed Public Nuisance

- April 10, 2014 1:05 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Proctor & Gamble has announced plans to ensure no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain by 2020. And the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, Calif. continues to cause asthma, heartburn, headaches, and general ill will in residents, and the city council has deemed it a public nuisance. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement and a little déjà vu with that Sriracha update.

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Goodbye Readers, this Assistant Editor is Moving to Azerbaijan

- April 1, 2014 6:19 AM | Categories: Commentary

This past Friday was my last day at Spend Matters. I started out as an editorial intern back in January 2013 and was hired full-time as an assistant editor over the summer. For months now I’ve been contemplating a move to Azerbaijan. The country is located in the Caucasus, a “land of astonishing natural beauty and a dizzying array of ancient cultures,” where “mountains rise at the intersection of Europe, Russia, and the Middle East” (The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus, Oxford University Press). In the end, those mountains beckoned.

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New Webinar! Trends in Spend Management: Configuration vs. Customization

- March 28, 2014 2:20 AM | Categories: Spend Management

Cloud-based, SaaS solutions have mostly been high-level approximations of what companies want, but things are changing. We’re holding a big webinar on Wednesday, April 16, from 12 to 1 pm CDT, titled Trends in Spend Management: Configuration vs. Customization. Paul Noel of Ivalua and Steve Huston of HAVI Global Solutions will both be joining us.

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Oklahoma Must Name Suppliers of Lethal Injection Drugs, Britain Has Ordered Anti-Trust Investigation

- March 27, 2014 12:28 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Despite threats received by the suppliers of lethal injection drugs, an Oklahoma judge has ruled those suppliers' identities cannot be kept secret. The lawyers for two prisoners scheduled for execution claim that not knowing the identity of the suppliers makes it impossible to know whether the execution process satisfies the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Additionally, Britain has ordered an anti-trust investigation into its big energy suppliers.

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China’s Rare Earths Export Quota Broke Trade Law, Facebook to Buy Oculus, Walmart’s Doll Recall

- March 26, 2014 12:50 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

A World Trade Organization panel has found that China broke international trade law by putting a quota on the export of rare earth elements and other metals. Half a million customers, or 2 percent of British households, have switched to smaller energy suppliers since November, moving away from the “Big Six” that dominate the gas and power market. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Air Pollution Caused 1 in 8 Deaths, Disney to Buy Maker Studios, Apple Sells 500 Millionth iPhone

- March 25, 2014 12:33 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012, or one in eight deaths. And for more numbers, Apple has sold its 500 millionth iPhone. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in spending and procurement.

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Russia to Limit State Procurement of Imported Cars, Apple in Talks with Comcast on Streaming TV

- March 24, 2014 12:47 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Russia plans to limit state procurement of imported cars in order to help domestic carmakers weather the current slump in demand. According to a new report from conservation group Oceana, every year tons of marine animals including sea turtles and sharks are accidentally caught in fishing nets and killed. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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