Category Archives: Metal Miner

PeoplePerHour Seems Like They Need a Few More People Themselves!


Recently, Team MetalMiner (a sister publication to this one) decided to revamp its regular monthly sourcing and pricing forecast report on the basis of discussions with large metal buying organizations. Several Spend Matters and MetalMiner team members (our parent company is called Azul Partners) suggested I try a freelance website such as PeoplePerHour. I did. Check out what my experience was like. Sneak peek: the product I got from working with PPH created was great. But the customer experience? Much less so...

How Procurement Can Navigate the EPA Clean Power Plan Fallout


The pending EPA Clean Power Plan (set to go in effect mid-summer 2015) has US manufacturers extremely concerned regarding the total cost of regulation and impact on energy costs. The expected financial strain could significantly hinder these manufacturers’ competitiveness in the global market. So what is there to do? Procurement might be the answer. Join us next Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. CDT for the webinar, What EPA’s Clean Power Plan Could Cost US Businesses (and What Procurement Can Do About It). Representatives from our sister site MetalMiner™ and representatives from Nucor Corp., National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Power Bureau will participate in this interactive video webinar that will also include a Q&A panel at the end. Register today!

MetalMiner™ Webinar to Inform How to Save Time, Money from Int’l Trade Cycles


Our sister site, MetalMiner™ is hosting the webinar, Q2 and Q3 Metal Market Forecast (And How Bearish Markets Create Opportunities for Global Trade Cost Reduction) on Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. CDT. Representatives from MetalMiner and Trade Financing Matters will be joined by Bolero for a mid-year metals forecast, in addition to concrete examples of how mining organizations are trimming time and money from their global trade. Attending this free webinar will also count toward 1 CEH credit from ISM. Register today!

Bureaucracy, Procurement Laws Hindering the Construction Industry


A lack of funding isn't the (only) reason our infrastructure is crumbling, bureaucracy is. And, in a recent article, Why Our Crumbling Infrastructure Will Never Get Fixed: It’s Held Up by Red Tape, on our sister site MetalMiner, Assistant Editor Jeff Yoders tells us why. Jeff talks about the red tape holding back these infrastructure improvement projects – from the many government permits required to the environmental assessments needed, etc. But why should procurement organizations pay attention? Because current procurement laws are also to blame. Make sure to visit MetalMiner to read the full article!

Early Registration for Metal Market Forecast, Global Trade Cost Reduction Webinar Now Open!

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Our sister site, MetalMiner™ is teaming up with Bolero on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. CDT for the webinar, Q2 and Q3 Metal Market Forecast (And How Bearish Markets Create Opportunities for Global Trade Cost Reduction. In addition to an updated mid-year forecast for aluminum, steel, copper and stainless, this webinar will also reveal how mining companies are cutting costs from their international trade cycles. Be sure to stick around for the live Q&A session as it will be joined by Stuart Burns from MetalMiner and David Gustin of Trade Financing Matters. Still not sold? Attending this educational webinar will count toward 1 CEH credit. Register today!

A (Not That) New Face: A Long-Overdue Welcome Post for Jeff Yoders of MetalMiner

Over the past couple months we went through another round of new hires: a new editor for MetalMiner, a new editor for Spend Matters UK/Europe, and a marketing manager to be shared by all the blogs. Jeff Yoders was the first of these hires and has been assistant editor of MetalMiner since early March. Being a marathon runner, a Medill graduate, and a Scorpio, Jeff was a natural fit for the company. He has also won a paragraph's worth of journalism awards. Welcome, Jeff!

Calling All Metal Heads: MetalMiner to Host Aluminum Price and Commodity Risk Webinar With CME Group

Blame the blood moon. Webinars are really more our thing, but our sister site MetalMiner will be hosting a webinar with CME Group on Thursday, May 1, from 10 to 11 am CDT. Join Frederick Penha, Lisa Reisman, and Stuart Burns as they cover a number of high-level, industry-relevant topics, including how metal buying organizations stand to benefit from the new all-in pricing represented in CME Group’s aluminum contract and how that will lead to enhanced liquidity and potentially new commodity risk management strategies.

Rising Metals Prices: Data, Analysis, Price Forecasting, and You

If you buy direct materials – industrial metals, specifically – you've likely seen prices generally rising over the past month. We've seen it too. But of course you don't want to know where prices have been; you'd like some insight into where they're going. Every month, Spend Matters will feature some quick highlights from MetalMiner's latest Monthly MMI® report, including historical metal price data trends for 10 industrial sectors and headline analysis by managing editor Lisa Reisman. Our ultimate goal? To help you shed light onto the future direction of these markets.

The Aluminum Warehouse Scheme: Should We Blame Goldman Sachs…or the Producers?

Today Spend Matters PRO speaks with MetalMiner about the recent aluminum warehouse scheme that’s been capturing front-page headlines in the New York Times, prompting some drastic changes by some of the market participants. We’ll explain how much companies pay for aluminum, and what components of total cost have recently changed. We’ll also explain the “$3 billion” in hidden cost (and profit) in the supply chain, as well as who is profiting from it. Then we’ll delve into why the outrage isn’t aimed at the producers, such as Alcoa, rather than the investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. And finally, due to all this, should companies change their sourcing strategy for aluminum??

A Manufacturing and Procurement Outlook: Construction and Automotive Forecasts


Over half a day in a car allows you to catch up on a range of subjects beyond work, such as where the economy is going and how our data and interpretation of third-party data is influencing our research, focus areas, and coverage. With this time – and with the sound of Barney humming in the background for our youngest – I decided to do an ad-hoc interview with Lisa on her views about the economy, manufacturing, metals, China, and more. Below we feature the first installment of this interview.

Category Management: 2013 Direct Materials Price Forecast and Trends

For many procurement organizations focused on manufacturing category management efforts, 2012 proved a challenging year. Demand and price volatility and an uncertain economic picture across North America, Europe, and China often complicated sourcing efforts. And only a minority of organizations we know and work with outside of the CPG world ended up taking risk off the table through a formal hedge strategy. Last week, I spent a few minutes talking to my colleague (and my better half) Lisa Reisman to ask about how MetalMiner is reading the commodity tea leaves heading into 2013. According to Lisa, "Metals are down across […]

MetalMiner Turns Five!

Our sister-site, MetalMiner, has been celebrating a birthday. A fifth birthday, to be exact. You can track all of the festivities, including a number of award giveaways, on the MetalMiner site. In five years since launch (when it was just an advertising vehicle for a consultancy), MetalMiner has become the largest online metals trade publication site by a significant margin. It's also become part of the Spend Matters family of sites (we acquired it back in 2010). MetalMiner is also our largest site in the Azul Partners portfolio, although there is a friendly competition underway for Spend Matters to catch […]