Category Archives: Afternoon Coffee

Factory Activity Drops, GM Reports Rise in Sales

- October 1, 2014 12:27 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

US national factory activity in September dropped to its lowest level since June, a new report stated. And, General Motors, however, reported a successful September, with overall volume gaining 19 percent and retail sales rising 17 percent. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Apple Smartwatch Production to Begin in 2015, iPhone 6 Hits China Stores Sooner

- September 30, 2014 12:21 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Rumors are circulating in Apple’s supply chain that the tech giant will begin mass producing its smartwatch in January. Additionally, Quanta Computer, an electronics manufacturer in Taiwan, has reportedly been chosen to produce the new Apple device. And, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for purchase in China starting Oct. 17. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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Amazon Gears Up For Holiday Season, Lenovo Expects to Close on IBM Server Business This Week

- September 29, 2014 12:33 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Amazon has started its holiday season planning with goals to avoid the delays in shipments seen around Christmas last year. And, Lenovo Group Ltd. plans to finalize its acquisition of International Business Machines Corp. low-end server business this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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US Automakers Recall Cars, Apple Releases Another New Product

- September 26, 2014 12:48 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Auto recalls have made headlines in the last 24 hours. For example, Chrysler recalled more than 2008 model year 349,000 cars and SUVS due to defective ignition switches, which could lead to the vehicles shutting down while driving. Ford, too, issued a recall including about 850,000 cars and SUVS. The affected vehicles had faulty airbags that may not deploy in the event of a crash. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Airbus Expects Surge in Demand for Planes, Air France-KLM Will Not Expand Low-Cost Airline

- September 25, 2014 12:36 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Airbus has updated its 20-year forecast for jet demand, expecting demand to hit 31,400 passenger and freighter planes between this year and 2033. And, European airline Air France-KLM, however, has announced it will halt plans to expand its low cost airline Transavia in Europe. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Comcast Defends Merger, Apple Checks its Chinese Suppliers … And News of a Little Dog, Too

- September 24, 2014 12:52 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. is defending its proposed merger in filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission. And, major brands like Apple and HP report they are trying to ensure their suppliers in China are not violating labor laws by overworking intern student workers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Supply Chain Issues Cost U.K. Companies Money

- September 23, 2014 12:58 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

A severe winter caused supply chain problems for Tate & Lyle - the maker of Splenda - causing shares to fall to a three-year low, the British company recently announced. And, another U.K.-based company, grocer Tesco, has reported errors in supplier contracts has led to yet another cut in its profit outlook. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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Discussions between EMC and HP Stop, Apple Breaks Sales Record This Weekend

- September 22, 2014 12:46 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Merger discussions between computer storage company EMC Corporation and Hewlett-Packard have reportedly stopped, an insider said recently. Financial terms were cited as one reason for the talks coming to a halt. And, Apple broke another sales record selling more than 10 million of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news on supply chain and procurement.

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Pabst Brewing Company Acquired by Russia’s Oasis Beverages, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down, Home Depot Sees Major Card Breach

- September 19, 2014 1:03 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

There’s a blue ribbon on it for a reason, right? Russia’s Oasis Beverages announced this week that it will be acquiring the American brewing company Pabst Blue Ribbon. Forget Target’s card breach during the holidays, Home Depot has said that 56 million cards may have been compromised in the past five months. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Pizza Hut Announces New ‘Skinny Slice’, Uber to Recruit Military Veterans, ConAgra Foods’ Profits Jump

- September 18, 2014 1:12 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

All college freshman rejoice -- Pizza Hut is testing out some “skinny slice” pizzas! Truth be told, not much is different about the new pizzas: the crust is a bit thinner, there are fewer toppings and less cheese is applied. So basically instead of eating three slices of Pizza Hut’s regular pizza, you’ll be eating six “skinny” slices. ConAgra Foods, producers of brands such as Egg Beaters and Crunch ‘n Munch, announced that its fiscal first-quarter earnings more than tripled. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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NASA Partners with Boeing, SpaceX to Build ‘Space Taxis’, Kohl’s Hiring Holiday Workers, General Mills to Streamline and Save

- September 17, 2014 12:56 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Kohl’s plans to hire big for the holidays. The company said it will hire more than 67,000 workers this holiday season, an increase of about 34% from last year. Tip your housekeeper… Marriott has announced a new tipping program that it is launching at its hotels—and it is not sitting well with many of its customers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Coca-Cola’s Surge is Back, Sears Borrows From Chief Executive, Wal-Mart’s Chief Spokesman Resigns

- September 16, 2014 12:54 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Coca-Cola’s Surge is back—all 90s kids rejoice! After more than a decade since the popular drink was discontinued, a Facebook group called “SURGE Movement” has prompted Coca-Cola to stock Amazon’s virtual shelves with 12-packs. Sears Holdings is turning to its chief executive, Edward S. Lampert, for financial assistance. The company plans to borrow $400 million from the billionaire. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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