Tagged Content: General News

GDP Rate Revised at Slower Growth Rate, State Manufacturing Reports Disappoint

- February 27, 2015 12:06 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

US gross domestic product rose by an annualized rate of 2.2% during the final quarter of 2014, slower than the 2.6% previously reported. And, recent manufacturing reports from various states also indicate an industry growing at lackluster rate. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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IBM to Focus More on Cloud and Big Data, US Durable Goods Orders Rise

- February 26, 2015 12:06 PM | Categories: Accounts Payable

IBM plans to invest more spend into cloud, big data and analytics and other technologies in the coming years. And, US durable good orders rose 2.8% in January. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Who’s Down With RFPs? Every Last Technology Homie

- February 26, 2015 7:50 AM | Categories: Learning / Research, Technology

alternative-cassette-girl-1669 Technology solutions for your organization should never be overlooked or underestimated for their importance. Thomas Kase, Spend Matters vice president of research, presents Technology RFPs: Are You Wasting Time and Money?, a brand new, free research download. Thomas shares several insider tips on provider insights, as well as how to prevent spending too many resources while not receiving enough in return. Get your copy today!

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The USPS is Trying to Raise Rates – Let’s Hope It Does

- February 25, 2015 2:01 PM | Categories: Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Jim Haller, program director, Transportation Services, at NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping. Believe it or not, not every carrier rate increase is bad news and such may be the case for the USPS. Recently, the Postal Service filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to raise rates for a few of its small parcel delivery services – most notably its Parcel Select offerings, which would increase by 8% (domestic Priority Mail rates will go unchanged).

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Walmart Labels Sustainable Products Online, Retailers Report Delays Due To West Coast Ports

- February 25, 2015 12:07 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Walmart has started calling attention to specific products made by its “sustainable” suppliers. And, other major retailers are reporting ongoing delays due to the West Coast port woes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Pressure On Electronics Suppliers to Cut Emissions, Europe Plans to Use More Recycables in Supply Chain

- February 24, 2015 12:05 PM | Categories: Accounts Payable

The global electronics industry is putting pressure on suppliers to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Europe, too, plans to make its supply chain “greener.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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The Rise and Rise (and Rise) of Honey Prices

- February 23, 2015 1:59 PM | Categories: Commodities, Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post form Liliana Gonzalez of Mintec. Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners in the world with history dating back to ancient times. It is renowned for its health benefits and is in products such as cough medicine, is used in industrial ingredients in beauty products, and used a well as a flavoring in many delicious foods. Honey production is one of the wonders of nature in itself. After the bees have extracted the nectar of flowers, it is converted into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation, before finally being put into wax honeycombs in the hive.

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West Coast Port Activity Resumes to Near Normal Following Tentative Contract Agreement

- February 23, 2015 12:08 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

West Coast port operators and workers reached a tentative deal Friday night regarding a 5-year contract. But it could still take 2-6 months for the US supply chain to return to normal. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Not-Quite-One-Year Update: The SupplierPay Initiative

4E6FDEE95C July will mark one year since The White House introduced the SupplierPay initiative, which aims to benefit small businesses in not only getting paid faster but also in receiving access to lower cost outlets of working capital when working with larger corporations. Where are we now with this initiative? Which direction is it trending? Join David Gustin (Trade Financing Matters) and Eyal Rosenberg (Nipendo) for the webinar, The White House, SupplierPay, Early Payment Opportunities, and You on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. CST. Register here.

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How Better Procurement Practices Could Have Helped Resolve the West Coast Port Crisis

- February 20, 2015 1:08 PM | Categories: Analysis, Industry News, Procurement Strategy & Planning

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA The ongoing logistical logjam at the West Coast ports is still not resolved. The situation is impacting small and large businesses across the US as well as workers that rely on imports and exports from the ports. How could procurement have helped this situation? Spend Matters analyzes the issue and offers ways procurement can step in.

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Labor Secretary Sets Deadline for West Coast Port Negotiations, Apple Expected to Release Car by 2020

- February 20, 2015 12:04 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told West Coast port operators and workers they had to reach an agreement today or they would move contract negotiations to Washington. And, Apple may be in the car making business by 2020. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Procurement to the Rescue: New Case Study Highlights its Value for SNCF

- February 20, 2015 11:06 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

long-public-transportation-rails-420 A new case study is available from Spend Matters UK/Europe: Procurement in SNCF Demonstrates its Value to the Organisation examines French railway entity SNCF and the communication needed between procurement and finance to not only achieve savings through the procurement function, but also to realize those savings on the finance end. Peter and Nancy teamed up to produce this case study, which features commentary from SNCF Associate Director Procurement Performance & Control. Get your copy today.

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