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Commodities Roundup: WTO rules on Airbus subsidies, GM strike drags on, steel prices decline

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. MetalMiner, a sister site to Spend Matters, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Commodities Roundup: China’s steel production rises; U.S. seeks rare earths sources; gloomy copper forecast; September auto sales decline

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. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

CIPS’ Bill Michels talks China trade, other global insights: ‘Brexit. What a headache!’

“The days of chasing low-cost labor around the globe, manufacturing in one location and shipping things around the globe are numbered,” said procurement veteran Bill Michels, VP of operations for the Americas at The Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

The U.S.-China trade war is the latest development in a trend away from overseas manufacturing, said Michels, who in part 2 of our Q&A also discusses automation, reshoring, protecting intellectual property, and the fallout of Brexit if the U.K. splits with the European Union at the end of this month.

Commodities Roundup: Housing starts, steel prices and Greenland’s melting ice

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. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Afternoon Coffee: SolutionMap updates quarterly rankings; new Deloitte-ASCM digital tool; Cargill expanding in China

For this quarter, Spend Matters has updated its SolutionMap rankings of 56 procurement software providers. In other news, Deloitte and ASCM teamed up on a project to help businesses digitally transform, releasing the Digital Capabilities Model for Supply Networks. Also, agribusiness giant Cargill is expanding in China. And U.S. factory production rises for August, but the U.S.-China trade war has dragged it down over the last 12 months, the AP reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

Commodities Roundup: Pentagon explores rare earths options; platinum gains momentum; steel production falls

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. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Commodities Roundup: Alcoa labor deal, Indonesia’s nickel ore export ban, August auto sales up, and Thyssenkrupp’s tribulations

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.

MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

SRM and tariffs: Supplier relationship management provides dream ticket to control purchasing in a complex international landscape

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Purchasing is a core part of any business. That means software that can address the whole purchasing value chain and integrate closely with key areas of an organization is a real bonus for companies looking to expand their operational flexibility with suppliers. Applications such as supplier relationship management (SRM) provide the answer, limiting non-value-added work, offering real-time insight and playing a key role in helping companies come to grips with purchasing in a complicated, unstable global market.

The CPO’s Conundrum (Part 4): Economic Instability [PRO]

In the first three installments of this Spend Matters PRO series (see Part 1APart 1B), we noted that a number of pressing issues are shaping procurement from the outside in, yet chief procurement officers (CPOs) are still primarily concerned with issues set by an inside-out agenda — that is, cost-cutting and supply assurance targets mandated by upper management. Our PESTLE analysis of factors shaping the modern CPO agenda identified broad trends like economic instability, globalization, changing digital business strategies and the need to address corporate social responsibility (CSR) as areas that procurement organizations need to consider if they want to truly tap and manage the opportunities (and risks) offered by external supply markets, starting with sustainability and CSR in Part 2A and Part 2B and digital business strategy in Part 3.

Today we move on to the third item topping the CPO’s outside-in agenda: economic instability.

Commodities Roundup: Gold, Auto Sales and Stock Market Tremors

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. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Afternoon Coffee: China warns of tariff retaliation; $10B military procurement deal under review; Under Armour revamp succeeds; cybersecurity toolkit for supply chains

A day after the Trump administration announced more tariffs on more products imported from China, the Chinese government vowed to retaliate. In Defense Department news, the Defense secretary has ordered a review of the procurement process for a $10 billion cloud project. Read more about Under Armour's tighter supply chain, and learn about a new cybersecurity toolkit. Afternoon Coffee: A jolt of Friday news to finish off the week.

More Trump tariffs to be levied on goods from China — starting Sept. 1

In a tweet Thursday that rattled stocks, the Trump administration announced that, starting Sept. 1, 10% in tariffs will be levied against $300 billion in more goods that are made in China for companies that import them into the United States. The companies pay the tariffs, and the extra expense typically leads to higher prices for U.S. consumers. The Dow had been up about 300 points, but on the news, it fell 200 points.