Category Archives: Afternoon Coffee

China Fines Japanese Auto Suppliers for Antitrust Violations, Macy’s to Settle Racial Bias Claims

- August 20, 2014 12:46 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Europe’s big beer brewers are bracing for lower-than-expected full-year earnings and possibly brewery closings as a result of lower consumer spending and restricted beer marketing in Russia. And Macy's will pay $650,000 to settle claims of racial profiling. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Rancho Feeding Corp. Officials Indicted, Google to Offer Accounts to Children Under 13

- August 19, 2014 12:48 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Four officials at Rancho Feeding Corp., the slaughterhouse at the center of the 8.7-million-pound beef recall in January, have been charged with distribution of adulterated, misbranded, and uninspected meat. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its annual “Cost of Raising a Child” report, according to which an average middle-income family will spend about $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in spending and supply chain.

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Bidding War for Family Dollar Stores, Heinz Recalls Infant Cereal in China, Facebook vs. Satire

- August 18, 2014 12:40 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

A bidding war for Family Dollar Stores has begun as Dollar General Corp. offers $8.9 billion for the chain, topping rival Dollar Tree’s bid. And U.S. food seller H.J. Heinz Co. has recalled four batches of infant cereal in China after excessive levels of lead were found. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain, procurement, and protection against satire.

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Supervalu Hit by Data Breach, Coca-Cola Buys Stake in Monster Beverage, Nordstrom to Buy Trunk Club

- August 15, 2014 12:28 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Supervalu, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, and other grocery and liquor stores around the country have been hit by a data breach that appears to have taken place between June 22 and July 17. In other news, Coca-Cola has bought a stake in Monster Beverage, the largest energy drink company in the U.S., and Nordstrom plans to buy Trunk Club. Friday Latte brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Apple Bans Two Dangerous Chemicals from Supply Chain, Ebola’s Effect on African GDP

- August 14, 2014 12:37 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Apple has agreed to ban from its supply chain two dangerous chemicals, n-hexane and benzene, which were exposing factory workers to a greater risk of cancer, nerve damage, and paralysis. And drug companies are racing to test existing medicines and ones in development to see if any can be used to help with Ebola, which is expected to have a negative effect on West Africa's GDP. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Sustainability Requirements for Kellogg’s Suppliers, Supply of Ebola Drug ZMapp Depleted

- August 13, 2014 12:51 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Kellogg’s is setting targets for suppliers to cut greenhouse gas emissions. And Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the maker of Ebola drug ZMapp, says its supply of the experimental serum has been exhausted. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Apple Suppliers Start New iPad Production, Boeing Defense Cost Cutting to Come from Supply Chain

- August 12, 2014 12:49 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Suppliers for Apple Inc. have reportedly started making new iPads, as the company works to turn around declining tablet sales. In other news, approximately two-thirds of the Boeing defense unit’s planned $6-billion cost cutting will come from the supply chain. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, along with the relief that Two-Buck Chuck is (probably) free of rodent parts.

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McDonald’s, Yum, and Others Release Supplier Data, Amazon in Dispute with Disney

- August 11, 2014 12:38 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

McDonald’s, Yum Brand, and three other fast food chains released details on their suppliers on their Chinese websites after a request from Shanghai authorities. Over the weekend, Amazon got some bad press in the form of an advertisement in the New York Times taken out by some 900 authors. With its four-month fight with Hachette over e-book pricing unlikely to be resolved soon, Amazon is in another dispute with a big supplier: Disney. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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McDonald’s Sales Plummet, China Denies Banning Apple Products from Government Procurement

- August 8, 2014 12:30 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

McDonald’s global sales fell 2.5 percent in July, marking its worst month in more than 10 years, as the company deals with bad publicity following a meat supplier scandal in China. Speaking of China, the country's chief procurement center refutes claims that Apple products are banned from public sector procurement lists. Friday Latte brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement-- and a very, very special anniversary.

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Russia Bans Western Food Imports, B&N and Google Team Up to Take on Amazon, Marijuana Start-Ups

- August 7, 2014 12:39 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Russia is banning food imports from the EU, U.S., and some other Western countries in response to sanctions over Ukraine. And in an attempt to take on Amazon and its fast delivery of books, Barnes & Noble will begin to offer same-day deliveries in a few metropolitan areas through Google Shopping Express. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement, as well as what is inspiring the hippest start-ups.

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Apple Excluded from China’s Procurement List, Sprint & T-Mobile, Fox & Time Warner Mergers Off

- August 6, 2014 12:40 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

China has eliminated Apple iPads and computers from its latest government procurement list. And two major previously announced mergers are off: Sprint and T-Mobile, who faced opposition from regulators, and Fox and Time Warner, which would have been the biggest media merger in a decade. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Supplier Scandal Puts McDonald’s Sales Forecast “At Risk”, Fracking Drives Up Sand Demand

- August 5, 2014 12:19 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

General Motors says it does not have immediate plans to review supply chain safety standards after a deadly explosion occurred at one of the company’s indirect suppliers in China. And according to McDonald’s, the recent meat supplier scandal has had a significant negative effect on sales, putting the company’s global sales forecast for 2014 “at risk.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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