Author Archives: Taras Berezowsky



Tariffs: A Black Cloud Marring the 2019 Commodity Outlook

There was one word that loomed over the proceedings at The Right Place/Supply Chain Management Council's Commodity Trends 2019 Outlook event Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan: Tariffs. From the multiple expert presentations to numerous audience questions and comments on the topic, it didn’t take much to pinpoint the effects of tariffs as a recurring theme of the half-day conference, at which MetalMiner Executive Editor Lisa Reisman presented our 2019 metals outlook. Indeed, the current onslaught of tariffs — including those implemented under Sections 201, 232 and 301 of U.S. trade law — seemed to be one of the primary concerns on everyone’s minds.

Afternoon Coffee: Bonfire Merging with Govtech Platforms, Walmart Looks South of the Border, More (Sad) Volkswagen News

E-sourcing provider Bonfire is merging with five ‘Govtech’ SaaS/cloud platforms to form a new publicly traded company dedicated to the digital transformation of the public sector. As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, the current tariff landscape creeps its way into concerns over higher material costs in the future rebuilding effort. Walmart makes e-commerce moves south of the border; and Volkswagen’s Beetle is no more. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

The Contingent Workforce and Services SolutionMap is Born — Have You Greeted It Yet?

In case you missed it yesterday, Spend Matters launched an entirely new solution area — featuring three distinct solution categories — as part of its Q3 SolutionMap. For the first time, our analyst team has begun evaluating Contingent Workforce and Services (CW/S) enterprise software vendors, addressing the sourcing and management of Temp Staffing, Contract Services/Statement of Work (SOW) and Independent Contract Workers (ICW), in the context of SolutionMap. Click on each category name above to read a detailed, high-level description of that category and view the persona graphics for free.

2018 Trade Mania Roundup: Who Wins, Who Loses and Who Should Cut the Cheese

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Without a doubt, global trade in 2018 has seen the most fireworks since, arguably, the Great Recession — or even before. As much else in the world has for the last year and a half, the story begins with U.S. President Donald J. Trump and his administration’s actions on the trade front, namely how it has chosen to review the country’s approach with its existing trade partners. The search term “trade war” has likely seen thousand-percent spikes in the first half of this year compared with past years, going by the key events of 2018.

Commodities Roundup: KORUS to be Revamped, E.U. Calls Section 232 ‘Bluff’

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For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, our MetalMiner editors scour the landscape for what mattered this week.

How Procurement Organizations Can Mitigate Risk, Manage Costs Amidst a Trade War

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It is still unclear whether the escalating rhetoric between the U.S. and China will become reality. Yet it is crystal clear that organizations face ever greater supply risk with each passing year and, as a result, potentially higher costs without having access to the right tools in place. How to assess those risks and costs?