Tagged Content: General News

Walmart Improves Supply Chain for Chinese Online Store, Google Delivers Goods Via Drones

- August 29, 2014 1:15 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Walmart is attempting to attract more Chinese online shoppers to its partially-owned venture Yihaodian. Along with making efforts to ramp up the supply chain for the online store, Walmart has added additional products to its offerings and made the website more mobile friendly. And, Google is the latest company to test out drones for the delivery of goods. The tech giant recently sent a prototype of a drone to deliver a range of products - from candy bars to cattle vaccines - to two farmers in Australia. Afternoon coffee brings you the latest new on supply chain and procurement.

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Samsung In the News: Child Labor Claims and Patent Disputes

- August 28, 2014 12:30 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Samsung is once again facing scrutiny for working with a supplier in China that may be using child labor. But Samsung received some positive news this week: A U.S. judge has rejected Apple’s request for an injunction against the smartphone maker regarding patents. Apple had previously won a suit against Samsung over three patents. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

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Compras y el desarrollo de la economía

- August 28, 2014 6:44 AM | Categories: Industry News, Public Sector, Supplier Management

En estos días se dio a conocer la firman convenio de colaboración Inadem y Ternium mediante el cual Ternium fortalecerá sus cadenas de valor a través del desarrollo de sus proveedores. Esta noticia lleva a dos reflexiones, el suministro como motor de desarrollo nacional y la colaboración gobierno - empresas.

English translation: Inadem and Ternium just signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen their value chain by developing their suppliers. This news leads to two reflections -- the supply as an engine for national development and the collaboration between government and companies.

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iPhone 6 Release Date Reported, Spiders Spark Recall for Suzuki Cars

- August 27, 2014 12:45 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

After reports surfaced of a production issue possibly causing a delay in the release of the new iPhone 6, a leaked document stated the device will be unveiled Tuesday, Sept. 9. And, Suzuki is pulling more than 19,000 from the market due to spiders. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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McDonald’s Reconsiders Ties to OSI, Amazon Buys Video Game Platform

- August 26, 2014 12:50 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

McDonald’s Corp. may change its mind regarding its relationship with OSI Group Inc., a U.S.-based meat supplier. Last month, McDonald’s announced it would stick with OSI, however, more recently, a spokesperson for the fast food chain said McDonald’s is discussing severing ties with the meat provider. And, Amazon.com Inc. purchased the streaming video platform Twitch Interactive Inc. for approximately $970 million in cash. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest supply chain and procurement news.

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Export Demand for Butter Exceeding US Creameries’ Capacity

- August 25, 2014 2:31 PM | Categories: Commodities, Guest Post, Price Forecast

Butter prices in the US, the world’s third largest butter producer behind India and the EU, hit a record high in July as production failed to keep up with the current high levels of export demand. Butter production in the US was forecast to increase in 2014 by 1 percent year-over-year, to 855,000 tonnes. However, production in the first half of the year was down by 3 percent year-over-year, at 445,000 tonnes. During the same period, US exports rose by 42 percent to 53,869 tonnes.

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Apple iPhone 5 Battery Recall, McDonald’s Losing Millennial Customers

- August 25, 2014 12:50 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Apple is replacing batteries for some iPhone 5 phones due to a defect that may force users to have to charge their device more often. And China has instructed German car parts suppliers operating in the country to form partnerships with Chinese companies – prohibiting them from continuing to conduct business independently. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news on supply chain and procurement.

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2.2 Million Bean Bag Chairs Recalled, Apple Inc. Suppliers Struggle to Meet Demand for iPhone Screens

- August 22, 2014 12:53 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Ace Bayou Corp. is recalling 2.2 million bean bag chairs after two children died from suffocation. The zippers on the chairs are not locked, which means children can climb inside and inhale the foam beads. Apple Inc.’s suppliers are reportedly struggling to make enough screens in time for next month’s expected launch of the new iPhone 6 smartphone. Friday Latte brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Nestlé to Impose Animal Welfare Standards on Suppliers, Bank of America to Pay $17B Settlement

- August 21, 2014 12:33 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Nestlé will require its 7,300 suppliers and their suppliers to comply with animal welfare standards. And Bank of America and the Department of Justice have agreed to a $17 billion settlement over faulty mortgage securities that the former allegedly knowingly sold, contributing to the financial crisis. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Microsoft Azure Outage – 5 Things You Should Know About Cloud SLAs

- August 20, 2014 2:18 PM | Categories: Cloud, Guest Post, Industry News

On Monday, Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing services suffered an outage that lasted approximately five hours. The disruption was one of the most severe Azure outages in history, affecting multiple data centers and customers across the globe. So, what happens if you’re one of those affected customers? Or, if you’re considering a move to Microsoft Azure or another cloud computing service? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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China Fines Japanese Auto Suppliers for Antitrust Violations, Macy’s to Settle Racial Bias Claims

- August 20, 2014 12:46 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Europe’s big beer brewers are bracing for lower-than-expected full-year earnings and possibly brewery closings as a result of lower consumer spending and restricted beer marketing in Russia. And Macy's will pay $650,000 to settle claims of racial profiling. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

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Rancho Feeding Corp. Officials Indicted, Google to Offer Accounts to Children Under 13

- August 19, 2014 12:48 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Four officials at Rancho Feeding Corp., the slaughterhouse at the center of the 8.7-million-pound beef recall in January, have been charged with distribution of adulterated, misbranded, and uninspected meat. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its annual “Cost of Raising a Child” report, according to which an average middle-income family will spend about $245,000 to raise a child born in 2013. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in spending and supply chain.

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