Tagged Content: General News

NASA Partners with Boeing, SpaceX to Build ‘Space Taxis’, Kohl’s Hiring Holiday Workers, General Mills to Streamline and Save

- September 17, 2014 12:56 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Kohl’s plans to hire big for the holidays. The company said it will hire more than 67,000 workers this holiday season, an increase of about 34% from last year. Tip your housekeeper… Marriott has announced a new tipping program that it is launching at its hotels—and it is not sitting well with many of its customers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Coca-Cola’s Surge is Back, Sears Borrows From Chief Executive, Wal-Mart’s Chief Spokesman Resigns

- September 16, 2014 12:54 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Coca-Cola’s Surge is back—all 90s kids rejoice! After more than a decade since the popular drink was discontinued, a Facebook group called “SURGE Movement” has prompted Coca-Cola to stock Amazon’s virtual shelves with 12-packs. Sears Holdings is turning to its chief executive, Edward S. Lampert, for financial assistance. The company plans to borrow $400 million from the billionaire. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Supply Chain Insights Global Summit – The Supply Chain Index

- September 16, 2014 10:33 AM | Categories: Commentary, Conferences

Lora Cecere, the founder of Supply Chain Insights, is a CPG industry specialist from the beginning, and she (and her team) are trying to come up with a better way to assessing the company value impact of well-performing supply chains. For this purpose, she has developed a Supply Chain Index. This is a commendable effort – and probably something that many outside of procurement would love to see, as it has significant stock picking investment strategy potential.

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Public Spend Matters Europe: Spend Matters Talks to Peter Smith on Importance of New EU Site (Part 2)

- September 16, 2014 6:32 AM | Categories: Public Sector, UK/Europe

The Spend Matters Network launched its latest website recently: Public Spend Matters Europe. The site is focused on government procurement news and issues from all around Europe. And, what better person to lead it than Peter Smith, current managing editor of Spend Matters U.K., and a man with many years of experience in the public procurement sector.

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Apples Expecting Record Crop in 2014

- September 15, 2014 2:15 PM | Categories: Commodities, Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes a guest post from Liliana Gonzalez, from Mintec. Apples are one of the most important fruit crops in the US, grown in almost every state, and this year’s harvest is approaching. A record crop is expected in the largest apple producing state, Washington, where the apple industry is worth USD 7.5 billion annually.

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Supply Chain Insights Global Summit – Initial Thoughts

- September 15, 2014 10:23 AM | Categories: Analysis, Conferences

It’s time to share my thoughts from the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit event in Scottsdale, Arizona. Lora Cecere, the founder of Supply Chain Insights, is clearly well connected in the industry (her years at AMR must have helped build up a Rolodex) as well as respected – she has done a good job of bringing together chief procurement officers and other senior procurement management from several industries. There is also solution providers here – predominantly S&OP and analytics tools, and I think several of the providers we usually write about here on Spend Matters should consider attending for the quality of the content and the audience.

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Public Spend Matters Europe: Spend Matters Talks to Peter Smith on Importance of New EU Site (Part 1)

- September 15, 2014 6:41 AM | Categories: Public Sector, UK/Europe

file6901323974383-1 The Spend Matters Network recently launched its third European website Public Spend Matters Europe, which is dedicated to bringing you the latest news and information on government procurement throughout the continent.

The Spend Matters UK/Europe website has been up for four years, and despite its name, it has focused on procurement - and often public procurement - largely in the United Kingdom. What will set the new Public Spend Matters Europe website apart, however, is its more broader European focus, covering the continent from Ireland to Finland, from Portugal to Greece.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 Preorder Issues Continue; Hedge Fund Plans to Fix Olive Garden

- September 12, 2014 12:54 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Apple’s iPhone 6 preorders started today and while the ordering process was smooth for many, there have been a few hiccups. Meanwhile, more than 1 million Kidde residential smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have been recalled because of a defect that could cause them to fail. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Optimizing Energy Consumption: Normally Considered a Spend ‘Non-Negotiable’

- September 11, 2014 3:54 PM | Categories: Sourcing

If we were talking about a strategic sourcing project, the energy component would be a spend “Non-Negotiable” and would be out of the scope of the project. As a spend optimization consultant, I spoke with a great friend of mine who is a subject matter expert in the energy realm, and he shared a great document: “The Seven Steps of the Reduction of Energy Consumption” by Dr. Hajime Yamashina. While reading this document, what really got my attention were the 7 types of energy losses, which I will be discussing in a more detail with my friend Bernardo, ultimately sharing his experiences with you. For now, I will just list the 7 types of losses for you to mull over. Click below to read the full article in Spanish.

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Ticketmaster buys Eventjoy, RadioShack in Financial Trouble

- September 11, 2014 12:39 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Ticketmaster bought the free management event platform Eventjoy for an undisclosed amount. And, RadioShack Corp. is debating whether or not to sell the company as its finances tumble. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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USPS Slashes Rates, But Can it Handle the Surge?

- September 10, 2014 2:24 PM | Categories: Guest Post, Supply Chain

Spend Matters welcomes another guest post from Jim Haller, program director of transportation services at NPI, a spend management consultancy, focused on eliminating overspending on IT, telecom and shipping.

It’s no secret that the United States Postal Service has been on a mission to grow its parcel business. But the rate cuts that went into effect on Sept. 7 may be one of its most aggressive moves yet. The pricing changes affect two Priority Mail offerings – Commercial Base and Commercial Plus – and spotlight USPS’s increasing focus on attracting large e-commerce customers. For customers shipping at least 50,000 parcels a year, price cuts could be more than 50 percent.

As one would expect, UPS and FedEx are none too happy, especially after they’ve just announced they will charge shippers by dimensional weight for all package sizes come 2015. Documents filed by UPS and FedEx with the Postal Regulatory Commission claim the USPS is using its near monopoly status to gain more commercial business, which is an interesting claim considering many shippers have voiced their own frustration over duopolistic behavior from UPS and FedEx throughout the years.

Over the last five years, the USPS has grown its parcel business by 20 percent, earning status as a viable option. While UPS and FedEx continue to increase margins with price increases and high fuel surcharges, the USPS is playing the game differently.

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Supply Chain Insights Kicks off its Imagine Conference – What to Look For

- September 10, 2014 1:02 PM | Categories: Analysis, Industry News, Learning / Research

Supply Chain Insights is kicking off its two-day “Imagine” supply chain conference today. The firm is run by Lora Cecere, an ex-supply chain practitioner, author, blogger, entrepreneur and research/industry analyst from AMR Research, who is likely the deepest CPG industry supply chain expert you will ever meet. And since CPG is probably the most difficult industry to orchestrate (i.e., being caught between the retailer “rock” and the commodity price volatility “hard place”), and since this bellwether industry is therefore one of the most progressive, she is a great source to tap for knowledge. I only overlapped with Lora for a short while at AMR, but we’ve kept in touch and I’ve really been impressed with what she’s been able to build at Supply Insights, and we certainly are kindred spirits with regards to our views of traditional industry research, benchmarking, media, solution providers, objectivity and so on. I couldn’t make the event, but Lora was kind enough to host our fearless principal analyst Thomas Kase who will be reporting on the conference.

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