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Commodities Roundup: Aluminum Semis, Cobalt Futures and Auto Emissions

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: aluminum semis, cobalt futures and Missouri cobalt mining, and auto emissions.

Commodities Roundup: Excess Steel Policy, Rio Tinto’s Force Majeure, Shipping Costs Rise, Auto Sales Slump

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: Excess steel policy, Rio Tinto hit by cyclone, shipping costs rise, auto sales fall and the industry faces headwinds.

Commodities Roundup: Iran Steel, Section 232 Challenge Rejected, Copper Booms and GM Invests $300M in Electric

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, we scour the landscape for what matters. This week: Iranian steel, Section 232 challenge is rejected, copper booming.

Commodities Roundup: U.S. Mining, Toyota Invests in U.S., Oil Prices

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: U.S. Mining, Toyota Invests in U.S., Oil Prices

Is Telecom and Freight ‘Commodity’ Spend? Look How Uber/Lyft and Amazon Manage Them!

I’m sitting in on a webinar tomorrow with some amazingly deep transportation experts over at Spend Management Experts. These guys live and breathe small parcel, and if you want to learn about what’s really going on in this category and what you can do to bring more than a knife to a bazooka fight, you should check it out. For a preview, read how telecom for Uber equates to logistics for Amazon.

Commodities Roundup: February Price Surges, USTR Releases 2019 Trade Policy Agenda, Steel Capacity Hits 81.1%

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: Metal prices rise, steel utilization is up; Brexit fallout still looming.

Commodities Roundup: Europe Auto Group Reacts to Section 232, Oil Price Rises, Global Steel Growth Slows

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: Europe Auto Group Girds for Trump 232 Tariff Ruling, Zinc and Lead in Deficit, Oil Prices Rising

Is Direct Materials Procurement a Separate Technology Market in North America? (Part 1: Introducing a Decision Framework)

Germany, Austria and some adjacent markets have something North America doesn’t — a distinct technology market for direct materials procurement. In Europe, Pool4Tool (now Jaggaer Direct), Allocation Network, SynerTrade, SupplyOn and a range of other solution providers succeeded in creating a distinctive European direct materials procurement solutions market that exists outside the generic source-to-pay realm.

But in North America, as these providers — also joined by Ivalua and SAP Ariba, and specialists like SourceDay and Supply Dynamics, as well as the offspring of the original MFG.com, LiveSource — attempt to reach customers, I question if all of these providers are selling to individual buyers rather than a clear market segment in which procurement organizations know they need a specialized solution set.

For the sake of argument, let’s define the “bounds” of direct materials procurement solutions as encompassing any or all of the following technology areas:

Afternoon Coffee: Tariff Delay Boosts Stocks; Barrick Gold Bids $18 Billion for Mining Rival Newmont

The March deadline to raise tariffs against China has been delayed, lifting stocks on the hopes that the U.S.-China trade deal is making progress, the Associated Press reports. On Monday, Trump also said oil costs were too high, and the price fell later in the day, CNBC reports. And Barrick Gold Corp. has made a $17.85 billion bid to buy Newmont Mining Corp. and create the world’s largest gold mining operation, The Wall Street Journal reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

Commodities Roundup: eBikes, Iron Ore Tightness and the Section 232 Auto Probe

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: eBikes, iron ore, cobalt and possible tariffs on imported cars.

Commodities Roundup: Gold in India, Rising Nickel Prices and Talking Tariffs

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For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. This week: Indian gold prices, Glencore to cut mining jobs in Congo, Talking Tariffs series continues and a look at aluminum prices.