Author Archives: Sydney Lazarus

Apple Suppliers to Produce Up to 80M Big-Screen iPhones, Mobile Advertising Spending To Rise 83%

- July 22, 2014 12:57 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to make 70-80 million large iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, the company’s largest initial production run of iPhones. Which ties in rather nicely with estimates from the research firm eMarketer predicting that spending on mobile advertising will increase by 83 percent to nearly $18 billion in 2014. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain, procurement, and fruit recalls.

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Slavery in UK Businesses’ Supply Chains, Chinese Supplier Sold Expired Meat to McDonald’s

- July 21, 2014 12:55 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

In a recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, nearly three-quarters of supply chain professionals have “zero visibility” on the earlier stages of their supply chains, with 11 percent noting that slave labor was “likely” used. And McDonald’s and Yum Brands have stopped buying meat products from a Chinese supplier that allegedly sold chicken and beef past their expiration date. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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FedEx Indicted for Shipping Drugs, Buckyballs Recall, What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?

- July 18, 2014 12:30 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

FedEx has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for delivering drugs for illegal online pharmacies, for which the shipping company could pay a fine of more than $1.6 billion. FedEx denies the charges. In other news, what does it mean to say a product is "made in the USA"? Not necessarily that it's made in the USA, apparently. Friday Latte brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Foie Gras Suppliers Battle California’s Ban, Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs

- July 17, 2014 12:47 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Foie gras suppliers from 13 states are taking California’s ban to the Supreme Court, saying that prohibiting the sale of the fatty liver on the grounds that force feeding ducks and geese is inhumane is “unfair and hurts their businesses.” And Microsoft plans to cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its work force, over the next year. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Apple and IBM Announce Deal, First Edition of Das Kapital Sells for $40K, Time Warner Rejects Takeover Bid

- July 16, 2014 12:44 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Formerly bitter competitors, Apple Inc. and IBM have announced a deal to create business apps and sell iPhones and iPads to IBM’s corporate customers. And Time Warner has rejected an $80-billion takeover offer from 21st Century Fox. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, plus a rich bit of irony and yet another public service announcement.

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Germany’s Top Wurst Producers Fined for Price Fixing, Qatar’s Plan for Procuring a Soccer Team

- July 15, 2014 12:40 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined some of the country’s most popular wurst producers €338 million ($460 million) for price fixing. And the Congressional Budget Office released its annual 25-year forecast, which estimates that federal spending on major health care programs will decline to 8 percent of GDP by 2039. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement. As well as some wurst news -- but please, no wurst puns.

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Samsung Suspends Business with Chinese Supplier, Qatar Airways CEO Lambasts Airbus and Boeing

- July 14, 2014 1:01 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Samsung has suspended business with a Chinese supplier over child labor allegations. And the chief executive of Qatar Airways lambasts suppliers Airbus and Boeing for delayed deliveries and poor quality, saying that there will be no new plane orders forthcoming. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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White House Announces Supplier Payment Program, Tariffs on South Korean Steel Pipe and Tube

- July 11, 2014 12:27 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

The Obama administration is set to announce a voluntary program in which companies commit to speed up payments to smaller suppliers. Apple and Coca-Cola are among the two dozen companies that have already signed up. And the U.S. Commerce Department is deliberating tariffs on South Korean steel pipe and tube, as the products are made partly from subsidized Chinese steel. Friday Latte brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, plus some Suarez news.

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Samsung to Probe Claims of Supplier Using Child Labor, IBM to Spend $3B on Chip Research

- July 10, 2014 12:45 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Samsung will investigate claims by a labor watchdog group that a supplier in China used underage workers to make phone parts. And IBM plans to devote $3 billion over the next five years to computer chip research and development. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, as well as rumors that those enormous Crumbs cupcakes will be back.

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Walmart’s “Made in the USA” Event Draws 500 Suppliers, 10-Year Sentence for Former Mayor Ray Nagin

- July 9, 2014 12:39 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Walmart’s “Made in the USA” open call at Bentonville, Ark. headquarters drew 500 suppliers from across the country. The event was part of Walmart’s initiative to buy an additional $250 billion of American-made products over the next decade. And former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for accepting kickbacks in the form of cash and trips from contractors looking for city work. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and (illegal) procurement, as well as an alternative World Cup in which Brazil was the champion.

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China to Lower Anti-Dumping Duties on US Chicken Suppliers, New Strategy for Walmart

- July 8, 2014 1:46 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

After the World Trade Organization’s ruling last year, China will lower anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken suppliers. And following its fifth straight quarter of negative U.S. sales, Walmart plans to open more smaller grocery and convenience stores than supercenters. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, plus a cupcake chain closing and a very successful Kickstarter campaign.

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Intel’s Supply Chain Conflict-Free, Lufthansa to Focus More on Low-Cost Market

- July 7, 2014 12:34 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Intel reports that it has removed conflict minerals from its raw materials supply chain. And Lufthansa’s new CEO Carsten Spohr plans to focus more on low-cost, no-frills flights and potentially form a partnership with a Middle Eastern airline. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, as well as announcement of a snazzy site redesign.

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