Tagged Content: General News

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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GE Buys Honda Jets for Supply Chain, iPhones Boost Apple’s Revenue

- October 21, 2014 12:22 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

General Electric will purchase some of the first Honda Aircraft HondaJets to use to transport engine parts through GE’s manufacturing supply chain. And, the new iPhone 6 has helped boost recent profits for Apple. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Railroad Merger Talks Stop, Investors Interested in Buying Reebok

- October 20, 2014 12:29 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Railroad companies CSX and Canadian Pacific are no longer discussing a possible merger. And, a group of investors are looking to buy the sneaker company Reebok from Adidas. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Google Spending Soars, Walmart Workers Demand Higher Wages, Ebola Scare Pushes Up Sales of Cleaning Products

- October 17, 2014 12:27 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

High business spending is one major factor that led to lower-than-expected earnings in the third quarter of the year for Google. And, Walmart workers gathered in New York, Washington and Phoenix on Thursday to bring more attention to their efforts to raise labor wages to a minimum of $15 an hour. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Free Research: Payables Datasets a Gold Mine of Savings

- October 17, 2014 8:27 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

While you may be accustomed to studying analytics from “spend” and “procurement” perspectives, we here at Spend Matters have published new, enlightening research on the savings and working capital insight that can be gained from studying payment analytics. Spend Analytics, Payment Analytics: The Gateway to Gold in Them Thar Hills by Jason Busch (managing group director, Spend Matters) is now available for free download.

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IACCM’s 2014 Conference: Contract/Commercial Management Person? YOU ARE IMPORTANT! (Part 2)

- October 16, 2014 1:25 PM | Categories: Conferences, Contract Management

you are imporatnt image In my last post covering IACCM’s Americas Conference, I covered some risk management strategies that contract/commercial people can take before leaving you with a thrilling cliffhanger on how both personal and department branding can be the key to internal and external success. There was an overall encouraging undertone throughout the day of “You are important. Your job is important. Contracting is important. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” So let’s dive into some feel-good personal stuff, shall we?

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AbbVie Pulls Back on Shire Deal, Japan Creates Commercial Planes, CBS Jumps on Streaming Service Bandwagon

- October 16, 2014 12:22 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie is pulling away from its proposed acquisition of Shire. And, Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is reportedly working on constructing the country’s first commercial airliner in more than 50 years. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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IACCM’s 2014 Conference: Holistic Risk Management Through Contracting (Part 1)

- October 15, 2014 2:52 PM | Categories: Conferences, Contract Management

As CEO Tim Cummins said in his keynote speech on the first day of this year’s IACCM Americas Conference: “The journey for recognition of the contracting function has taken 15 years - most of it wandering through a desert.” Dry (heh) British humor aside, the overall feeling at the event was that contracting as a whole is finally getting the corporate recognition that it deserves, as a “professionalized community that operates with respect in the business world.” Here are some highlights from the sessions I attended on holistic risk management (through contracts, of course!).

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Google’s New Smartphone Competes with iPhone, Toyota Recalls Millions of Vehicles

- October 15, 2014 12:17 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Google has released its new Nexus 6 smartphone, a device that will sell for nearly $650. And, Toyota announced it will recall 1.67 million vehicles worldwide due to problem with brakes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Death to Traditional Catalogs! Upcoming Webinar to Study Next-Gen Requisitioner Support

- October 15, 2014 8:24 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

Grab your pitchforks, form the lynch mob and join us as we put traditional catalogs to death! These days, catalogs can be used for contract compliance, tangible sourcing savings, increased spend visibility and as a means to direct requisitioners to preferred destinations. The upcoming webinar, The Death of Traditional Catalogs: Realizing Sourcing Savings with Next-Generation Requisitioner Support will take place Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. CDT. Register here.

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