The Commodities Category

Could an Answer to the Multiyear US-Canadian Lumber Trade War Soon be Here?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Verity Michie, market analyst at Mintec.

Following the expiration of the nine-year-long softwood lumber agreement (SLA) in October 2015, the U.S. and Canada have yet to finalize a new trade agreement. But why do they need one?

Building Supply Market Intelligence: Which Data Sources are the Best?

Often, it’s all about how quickly one can digest something. No, I’m not talking about Joey Chestnut’s eating-champ prowess. I’m talking about market intelligence. In a procurement professional’s day-to-day, that sentiment has certainly become more widespread than ever. In fact, with time at a premium, the majority of procurement pros — from junior buyers all the way up to CPOs — are faced with this issue every day. However, it can pay dividends to approach supply market intelligence in a strategic way.

The Butter Market has Gone Crazy

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Nick Peksa, opportunities director at Mintec.

Yes, the butter market has gone crazy. Normally these kind of rapid price movements are reserved for markets like vanilla, crude oil and currency, but not for shopping staples. At the end of May 2016, European butter futures had established a new monthly record for futures traded, with 1,382 butter contracts having been established. This phenomenon is not just confined to Europe; there has been an increased demand globally for all types of fats (people trending toward anti-sugar and organics).

Cashew Nut Prices Soar on Tight Supply

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jara Zicha and Jonathan Stokes, of Mintec. 

A few years back, cashews were very competitively priced, being one of the cheapest tree nuts available on the market. However, prices have soared since the beginning of 2016, currently up 30% year-over-year, at over $11 per kilogram in Vietnam.

So, When Should I Cost Model My Products?

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Nick Peksa, opportunities director at Mintec.

Rather than speak about raw material and commodity prices, I thought I would introduce you to some of the ways I encourage people to use Mintec data. Fast-moving consumer goods are manufactured from multiple, potentially volatile, raw materials. With access to raw material prices and to your recipes/specification, you should be able to create a simple cost model.

On the Future of Direct Procurement Tech: An Interview with Dan Willmer, VP Sales and Operations at Jaggaer

Today we present another installment from our ongoing series exploring where manufacturing procurement technology is headed. Produced in collaboration with our sister site MetalMiner, these interviews feature questions from Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch posed to multiple experts at technology vendors on topics such as the current direct procurement renaissance, the increasing centralization of procurement departments, the volatile commodity environment and more. The most recent interview, published earlier Tuesday on MetalMiner, features Dan Willmer, vice president of sales and operations at Jaggaer.

Scallop Prices Have Dived due to Large Catches

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jonathan Stokes, analyst at Mintec.

Scallop prices peak seasonally at the start of the year due to declining stocks in line with the end of the fishing season, with prices rising 13% from December to January. U.S. sea scallop prices have, however, fallen 34% since March, due to not only the number of scallops caught by fishing vessels but also the size of the individual scallops.

Commodity Management: Drilling into the Supply Chain and the Technology Landscape [Plus+]

My colleague Jason Busch and I have written earlier about how, with the exception of a few top procurement organizations, procurement is failing to deploy the right sets of strategies, tools and tactics to bridge commodity management, sourcing and broader procurement activity.

In this Spend Matters Plus article, I want to dive into some of the details around commodity management and its relation to the broader supply chain, as well as the different solution approaches being used to tackle it. In a value-chain mega chart in the article (which basically follows a design > source > plan [supply] > deliver [inbound] process flow from left to right), I’ve outlined the various processes (brown rectangles) and some supporting solution types (blue ovals) for commodity management.

Slow Running, Cheaper Fueling: London 2017 and Agricultural Commodities

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Nick Peksa, a director at Mintec. 

It’s 8 a.m. and I am waiting for a docklands light railway train, when it arrives a few moments later, with slight apprehension I step on board. The DLR train rapidly fills up with a Lycra clad army, the air is heavy with the scent of wintergreen, menthol and eucalyptus, and there is palpable excitement and nervous tension in the air, as people chatter away. Yes, that’s right, Regain, a fantastic charity that supports tetraplegics in sport, persuaded me to run the London Marathon for them this year.

US Soybean Prices Crash to 5-Month Low

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jonathan Stokes, an analyst at Mintec.

In recent months, soybean prices have crashed to a five-month low. Previously, prices were edging upward and the sales outlook for American producers had been positive. So why was there this quick reversal in fortune?

Navigating Uncertainty: Pool4Tool’s Roger Blumberg on Where Manufacturing Procurement Technology is Headed

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Last week we featured a new interview series focused on the technology renaissance coming to direct materials procurement. In collaboration with our sister site MetalMiner, Spend Matters Founder Jason Busch questioned procurement technology leaders and experts on the reasons this renaissance has begun, as well as how procurement and supply chain professionals are using technology to navigate volatile global trade trends. This interview features Roger Blumberg, chief commercial officer at Pool4Tool, which works with leading manufacturers such as Miele, Swiss Steel and Tower Automotive.

Where is Manufacturing Procurement Technology Headed? An Interview with Keith Baranowski, Global Vice President and GM, Direct Materials Sourcing, SAP Ariba

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Our sister site MetalMiner recently started a series of interviews with a range of experts at technology vendors. This interview features Keith Baranowski, global vice president and GM, Direct Materials Sourcing, SAP Ariba, which works with leading manufacturers such as Ford, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson.