Category Archives: Afternoon Coffee

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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Apple’s iPhone 6 Preorder Issues Continue; Hedge Fund Plans to Fix Olive Garden

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

Apple’s iPhone 6 preorders started today and while the ordering process was smooth for many, there have been a few hiccups. Meanwhile, more than 1 million Kidde residential smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been recalled because of a defect that could cause them to fail. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Ticketmaster buys Eventjoy, RadioShack in Financial Trouble

- September 11, 2014 12:39 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Ticketmaster bought the free management event platform Eventjoy for an undisclosed amount. And, RadioShack Corp. is debating whether or not to sell the company as its finances tumble. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Dollar General Making “Hostile” Move in Purchase Pursuit of Family Dollar, Microsoft Looks to Buy Popular Online Game

- September 10, 2014 12:46 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Dollar General announced it would take its $9.1 billion bid to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. directly to shareholders. And, Microsoft may buy the makers of the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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China Suppliers, Spare Car Parts Makers Scrutinized, Apple iPhone Release Expected Today

- September 9, 2014 12:35 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Issues with a supplier in Asia are contributing to a decline in global sales for McDonald’s Corp. The fast food company said sales declined 3.7 percent in August. And, European car part suppliers recently announced their support for China using its antimonopoly law to dampen automakers’ stronghold on spare parts sales. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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European Companies Acquire U.S.-Based Businesses, China Trade Concerns Raised in New Report

- September 8, 2014 12:39 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Irish airline Ryanair reportedly entered into a preliminary agreement with Boeing to purchase as many as 200 of the airplane maker’s 737 jets. And, another European company, Electrolux (based in Sweden) will buy General Electric’s appliance business for $3.3 billion. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Rival Retailers Team Up on Sustainability Effort, Amazon.com Delivers Groceries to Doorsteps in San Francisco

- September 5, 2014 12:25 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Major retailers Target and Walmart have teamed up to bring more sustainable beauty and personal care products to customers. And, another partnership - one between Amazon.com and the U.S. Postal Service - has taken off. Amazon.com, through its AmazonFresh unit, launched a two-month trial of delivering refrigerated groceries to households in San Francisco. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news on supply chain and procurement.

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Apple Supplier Accused of Worker Rights Violations, McDonald’s Workers Arrested During Wage Hike Protests

- September 4, 2014 12:55 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Apple is being accused of working with a Chinese supplier that has violated labor rights and workplace safety laws. And, groups of McDonald’s workers were arrested this morning while protesting in Times Square in New York City and in Detroit. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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