Tagged Content: General News

Apple’s Tim Cook – A Courageous Step

- October 31, 2014 1:25 PM | Categories: Commentary

Yesterday, Tim Cook officially shared what many in the Bay Area tech scene knew already – that he was gay. The announcement should be meaningless for the supply chain and procurement profession, but it is not. Simply put, while throughout our careers we have seen passionate pleas beyond government mandates to drive supplier diversity programs as well as significant recruitment programs internally that emphasize racial inclusion and diversity, it is our view that the operational side of businesses – procurement, supply chain, accounts payable, etc. – generally remain far less accepting, at least publicly, of an openly gay and lesbian workforce in comparison to other areas of the business.

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No Tricks Here – True Halloween Spending Stats and Facts

- October 31, 2014 12:34 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

135782497109080 In the spirit of Halloween, Afternoon Coffee is presenting a special holiday edition. Here are some (slightly alarming) statistics and other lesser-known facts about the spooky day.

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Spend Matters Celebrates 10 Years!

- October 31, 2014 10:21 AM | Categories: Breaking News, Featured

1371431232nzlq9 Spend Matters is celebrating its 10 year anniversary Monday, Nov. 3. We’re having our local team and a few friends join us at one of our favorite Chicago haunt for a pint or 2 (or 5). It’s nothing terribly formal – consistent with our overall approach to things. But 10 years is a big milestone, and I sometimes find it hard to believe we’ve been at it this long.

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Apple Looks to Iran for New iPhone Market, Microsoft Releases New Fitness Band Today

- October 30, 2014 12:32 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Apple may be soon selling its iPhone in Iran. Apple and Iranian distributors have a preliminary contract in place to sell Apple products if and when Western sanctions are lifted. And, Microsoft’s Band went on sale today. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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“30 Under 30” Shines Light on Supply Chain Superstars

- October 30, 2014 10:15 AM | Categories: Breaking News, Featured, Supply Chain, Supply Networks

The manufacturing and supply chain worlds are dominated by baby boomers. While these sage procurement professionals have decades of experience in the industry, they will soon retire, and a younger generation will need to take over. ThomasNet.com and Institute for Supply Management recently teamed up to call attention to the most outstanding millenials in the industry in its first ever “30 Under 30” Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program.

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When Savings Kills: How a 1-inch Change is Costing Trinity Millions

- October 30, 2014 6:25 AM | Categories: Cost Management, Purchasing, Supply Risk

file0001647280363 Earlier this month, we heard how Trinity Industries, the maker of many of the guardrails installed along America’s highways, will be fined hundreds of millions of dollars for making and installing defective guardrails without the federal government’s knowledge. How did this happen? How is it that so many of these supposed safety devices were modified and manufactured without meeting federal standards and then installed on the sides of so many roadways across the country? And, what is the price to the public for these dangerous devices?

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Facebook Boosts Business Spending, Mexican Mineral Water Heads to US

- October 29, 2014 12:34 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Facebook announced it will step up its spending in the next few years. And, Mexican mineral water will make its way to the US. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Retailers Announce New Facilities in New Areas, Apple Pay Proves to be a Popular Payment Service

- October 28, 2014 12:17 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Macy’s will open its first international store in 2018, choosing the United Arab Emirates as the location. Amazon also announced the location for a new facility - Chicago. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Germany’s “Smart” Factories, Toyota Takes Top Spot for Car Sales

- October 27, 2014 12:14 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Germany is on a mission to upgrade its manufacturing plants to “smart” factories - those that are fully automated, Internet-based and do not require human workers. And, Toyota has taken the leading spot as the top-selling carmaker during the first three quarters of the year. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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US Manufacturing’s Comeback, AMC Buys Stake in BBC America, Halloween Holiday Sales Strong

- October 24, 2014 12:14 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

A new survey shows many manufacturing companies in the US are already or plan to bring back production operations from China. And, AMC will acquire a nearly 50 percent stake in BBC America and take over operation, including manage advertising sales, of the company’s US service. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Amazon Changes Free Shipping Requirements, Sears Says it Won’t Be Closing So Many Stores

- October 23, 2014 12:31 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Businesses and consumers who enjoy free shipping from Amazon.com may soon have to pay more to receive the perk. And, another retailer, Sears, may not actually be closing more than 100 of its stores and laying off more than 5,400 employees after all. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Dangerous Airbags In 7.8 Million Cars, Boeing Boosts Plane Production, Profits

- October 22, 2014 12:41 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

More cars have been added to the list of those containing dangerous airbags. And, demand for commercial jets helped boost Boeing’s profits in the third quarter. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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