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Buying Commodities This Year? We Have the Best Practices for You!

If you’re purchasing commodities this year then this is an absolute must-read: 3 Best Practices for Buying Commodities in 2015 is the product of a recent debate between husband and wife team Lisa Reisman, CEO of Azul Partners and executive editor for MetalMiner™, and Jason Busch, founder and managing director of Spend Matters, on the risky nature of sourcing on the spot market. We condensed the debate into an easy-to-digest PDF of the slides used. Don’t hesitate: add this PDF to your sourcing toolkit today!

July Metal Buying Outlook Here for All Your Direct Material Sourcing Needs

Our sister site MetalMiner™ recently unveiled its Monthly Metal Buying Outlook for July – the third and final complimentary report before we go to market in August. This month’s report features aluminum, copper, nickel (stainless), lead, zinc, tin and steel (HRC, CRC, HDG, Plate). Each metal is segmented with its own set of market commentary, outlook, main drivers, support/resistance indicator, short- and long-term buying strategy and more! You can find this month’s free report here.

June Metal Buying Outlook Available for CPOs in Direct Sourcing

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Procurement organizations in the business of direct materials sourcing and, more specifically, direct metals sourcing, will want to take a moment and look at what’s going on over at our sister site, MetalMiner™. It has launched its brand new Monthly Metal Buying Outlook for the industrial metals aluminum, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, tin, stainless and more. Commodities, the ever-fluctuating dollar, Chinese exports and other factors are all included in the monthly analysis of these industrial metals. This invaluable report will be a paid commercial product come August 1, but you can view a FREE version of it here.

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of June 1 [Plus+]

Welcome back to another edition of the Spend Matters Network roundup, where we give you the most noteworthy articles from the week published around our websites. Spend Matters has in-depth coverage from Coupa Inspire, Spend Matters UK introduces it "hot topic" for the month of June: tail spend management, and Public Spend Forum Europe offers insights from the recent e-public procurement conference in Porto. MetalMiner shares expert insight on rare earth, steel and aluminum prices and Trade Financing Matters discusses the White House's SupplierPay initiative. Check all the articles out here!

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

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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!

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.