Category Archives: Afternoon Coffee

USDA to Require Pork Industry to Report Diarrhea Virus, Easter Spending, Stay Away from Chris the Rhea

- April 18, 2014 12:14 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

It's been a while since Friday Latte has done a proper public service announcement, so here it is: Stay away from Chris the escaped rhea. The six-foot-tall bird is capable of disemboweling a man, or at least pecking his eyes out. Chris has been seen near the Arthur Findlay College for Psychic Science and, more recently, in a rapeseed field.

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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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Study Says Women Make Better Auditors, Comcast Says Merger With Time Warner Will Be Good For Consumers

- April 9, 2014 12:24 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Industry News

A recent study reports that women make better supply chain auditors. In other news, Tesla hasn't decided where its new lithium-ion battery factory will be but says it will source the parts entirely in North America, and Comcast argues the merger with Time Warner Cable will benefit consumers.

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Box Joins in Financing Elementum, Cambiar Chooses Vestmark BPO, Hornby Worried About Supply Chain

- April 8, 2014 12:45 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Breaking News, Procurement, Supply Chain

In today's aggregate of industry news, Aaron Levie of Box invests in cloud-based supply chain management, Vestmark BPO is selected by Cambiar to support growth of managed business accounts and NASA reports a mild-level solar flare was emitted by the sun.

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Tech Enabled BPO Buyers More Effective, Supply Chain Execs Plan to Increase Expenditures in Clinical Trial Logistics

- April 7, 2014 12:45 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Breaking News, Logistics, Procurement, Technology

How tech-enabled BPO buyers have been successful, what expenditures supply chain executives plan to increase and a report on climate change that's being questioned.

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High Frequency Trading, Evolution of Hummingbirds, Saturn’s Moon Contains Water

- April 4, 2014 12:28 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Breaking News

Ever wonder where hummingbirds come from? Or if there's life on other planets? We here at Spend Matters talk about that sort of thing all the time. And then we speculate how to improve those extra terrestrials' spend. Coming soon: Benchmarking your Planet's Benchmarks.

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Pitt Establishes Center for Supply Chain Management, Outsourcing in the Philippines, Why End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility Matters

- April 3, 2014 12:00 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee, Industry News, Supply Chain

Megaworld is investing $5 billion in 10 "townships" for its BPO customers who outsource to the Philippines. The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation is funding a project to discover what exactly influences a customer to select a certain bottle of wine off the rack.

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