Tagged Content: General News

Delta Buys Airbus Planes, Craigslist is Criticized by CPSC

- November 21, 2014 12:12 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Delta Air Lines will purchase 50 new planes from Airbus. And, Craigslist is being criticized by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for allowing users to sell recalled products on its site.

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Infosys Loses Top Execs After Over Billing Apple, Amazon Adds Robots to Workforce

- November 20, 2014 12:02 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

An internal audit discovered Indian IT services exporter Infosys Ltd was overcharging Apple Inc. And, Amazon will have robots working at its warehouses to help stock shelves and locate items. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Free Research Download Tackles Advanced Sourcing Strategies, Commodity Management

- November 20, 2014 9:02 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

The Spend Matters Network features the two-headed monster of Spend Matters and MetalMiner, and the executive editors of both sites (Jason Busch and Lisa Reisman) came together (along with Garry Mansell, CEO, Trade Extensions) for a new piece of free research now available for download: A Radical Rethink of Commodity Management and Advanced Sourcing Strategies – Advanced Tactics That are Possible Today.

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Airbus CPO Plans Production Changes, Volvo Aims to Increase US Sales

- November 19, 2014 12:18 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Airbus’ chief procurement officer Klaus Richter says the company will transform its production process to increase output. And, Volvo’s CEO Håkan Samuelsson plans to gain a much larger portion of the US market. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Frank Boyer Takes Over as CPO at Sprint

- November 19, 2014 10:15 AM | Categories: Breaking News, Cost Management, Procurement

Sprint has hired a new chief procurement officer (CPO) in an effort to improve the wireless carrier’s standings in the market. Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure announced that former AT&T Wireless CPO Frank Boyer (who was also CPO at EDS) will now serve as the company’s CPO. Claure said Boyer will "oversee our efforts to evaluate where we spend every dollar and look for ways to improve our cost structure."

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Lumber Prices Creeping Higher

- November 18, 2014 2:17 PM | Categories: Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from IHS. Spot lumber prices, as reported by Random Lengths (an industry publication), have been on the rise, but slowly and unsteadily. Softer than expected demand from housing and elevated inventories to date have helped alleviate some of the upward pressure on prices. Spot mill prices for spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) 2x4 #2&Btr bottomed out in June at $310 per thousand board feet (mbf), but have since recovered.

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Ford Recalls Fusions, Sun Pharamaceutical Pulls Antidepressant Off Shelves in the US

- November 18, 2014 12:16 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

A number of recalls were announced today, including Ford’s recall of about 65,000 2014 and 2015 model year Fusion sedans in North America due to a software glitch. And, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is also recalling 68,000 bottles of its Effexor antidepressant in the US. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Accenture Spend Trends Q3 2014 – Summary Analysis

- November 18, 2014 2:23 AM | Categories: Analysis, Commodities, Learning / Research, Spend Analysis, Technology

file6321238876778 The latest Q3 2014 Accenture Spend Trends report is out. My old friend Mark Hillman is the lead author of the quarterly study (Mark is currently manager of insight and analysis at Accenture Operations). This months’ study highlights category trends in a range of areas – logistics, IT, marketing and media, corporate services, travel, CAPEX, commodities/base materials, MRO and energy. It also provides a macro-overview of the current state of the economy.

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US Butter Prices Drop By a Third in Two Months

- November 17, 2014 2:13 PM | Categories: Commodities, Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Thomas Reilly of Mintec. US butter prices experienced their biggest fall in 18 years during October, on the back of a massive price increase during 2014. Shipment after shipment of butter has been arriving on US shores to meet high demand and having a huge effect on the price.

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Halliburton Acquires Baker Hughes, Actavis Buys Botox Maker

- November 17, 2014 12:16 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Halliburton Co. will buy Baker Hughes Inc. for $34.6 billion. And, drugmaker Actavis will also be buying Botox maker Allergan for $66 billion. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Supply Chain Top Tip: Engage With Your Suppliers – Don’t Beat Them Up!

Spend Matters has reported on the ongoing Apple and GT Advanced Technologies fiasco that is unfolding in the courts at the moment – most recently this article. Those who follow the story know, Apple's situation with GT is a mess.

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Upcoming Webinar to Expand on P2P-ERP Integration Case Study

- November 17, 2014 8:48 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

Do you demand absolute success from your P2P integration strategy? You’re not alone, and we’re here to outline how you can achieve just that with SAP Integration: Lessons From a Successful Cloud P2P Deployment at Juniper Networks, an upcoming webinar scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. CST. Register here.

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