Tagged Content: General News

More M&As Expected in the Oil & Gas Sector, Apple Reports Better-Than-Expected Q4

- January 28, 2015 12:13 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

The oil and gas sector will likely experience a large increase in merger and acquisition activity this year, according to global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Sales of iPhones jumped 46% in the final quarter of 2014 compared to the year before, boosting Apple’s revenue higher than expected. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Keeping the Future of Procurement Alive – Spend Matters UK Featured in Webinar Next Week

- January 28, 2015 8:12 AM | Categories: Learning / Research

Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK will be covering the topic of the future of the procurement in a webinar open to everyone next week. Back in November, Peter spoke at a dinner hosted by spend management firm Zycus. His speech focused on “Securing the future of procurement – making sure the next 10 years are as successful as the last.” But has the procurement profession peaked? Maybe. But maybe not...yet. On Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. Central, Peter will once again touch on this topic during a Zycus webinar.

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US Consumer Confidence Soars, Business Spending Dips

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

US consumer confidence is at its highest level in 7.5 years. And, US durable goods orders fell in December for the fourth straight month. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Ask the Expert Webinar This Friday! 5 More 2015 Predictions for Procurement

- January 27, 2015 8:20 AM | Categories: Commentary, Learning / Research

This Friday we continue our Ask the Expert webinar series on our 20+ 2015 procurement predictions. So far this month, we have made it through 3 installments of this webinar series. On Friday, Jan. 30 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. Central, Jason Busch will talk through the next 5 procurement predictions for the new year. Register here. Best of all? This series is open to ALL Plus/PRO members AND procurement practitioners. Join us!

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Lumber Price Falls Due to Overcapacity

- January 26, 2015 2:25 PM | Categories: Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Rajiv Joarder of Mintec. Lumber is used in a variety of industries in the United States, but the price of lumber is primarily dictated by the health of the housing and construction industry. Americans may be viewing the economy more optimistically since last year, but their outlook on the housing industry is lagging somewhat.

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AT&T Buys Wireless Assets in Mexico, British Airways Looks to Acquire Irish Airline Aer Lingus

- January 26, 2015 12:08 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

AT&T is continuing to expand its footprint south of the US border. And, in other M&A news, the parent company of British Airways, International Consolidated Airlines Group, is looking to buy Irish carrier Aer Lingus. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Last Chance to Act: Lock in Lower Price for Spend Matters PRO Before It’s Too Late

- January 26, 2015 8:38 AM | Categories: Featured

It’s been a dynamic 3 years for Spend Matters PRO, and with a new year comes new pricing. Beginning Feb. 1, a PRO Spend Matters account will cost $349.99/month or $2,495/year. Now, the good news: If you act now and sign up before midnight Jan. 31, you will be grandfathered in under the existing price. All active PRO accounts registered before Feb. 1 will be honored for the old pricing of $249.99/month or $2,000/year, for the remainder of 2015. Sign up here.

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Spend Matters Launches Chief Procurement Officer Site

- January 26, 2015 6:44 AM | Categories: Procurement

The team here at Spend Matters is thrilled to announce the introduction of our latest site within the Spend Matters Network. Simply called “Chief Procurement Officer,” and hosted here at Spend Matters. It is a new site for CPOs, procurement leaders and their teams so we can address a few market needs. Read more about it!

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What’s in Store For Procurement in 2015? Check Out Our Recent ‘Ask the Expert’ Webinars!

- January 24, 2015 8:21 AM | Categories: Analysis, Commentary, Learning / Research

Have you been keeping up with our 2015 procurement predictions? During the last few months, the Spend Matters Analyst Team has been sharing their top predictions for the new year. And, in January, we started a special Ask The Expert webinar series going over these predictions. The webinars, which can be listened to here on Spend Matters, include an overview of the predictions and expert commentary from Jason Busch, Pierre Mitchell and Thomas Kase. Check out our first 3 new year prediction webinars here.

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Online Travel Agencies Merge, US Manufacturing PMI Hits Year Low

- January 23, 2015 12:18 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Expedia Inc. is buying rival travel site Travelocity for $280 million. And, the flash US manufacturing PMI fell to a 12-month low in January to 53.7. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Trade Extensions Reports Higher Revenues, West Coast Ports Have Best Year Since Before Recession

- January 22, 2015 12:21 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Software provider Trade Extensions reported its revenue grew 26% in 2014. And, despite the contract negotiations plaguing the West Coast during the last 6 months, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach both had the third-busiest year on record in 2014. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in supply chain and procurement news.

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Will FedEx Raise its Fuel Surcharge?

- January 21, 2015 1:43 PM | Categories: Analysis, Guest Post, Price Forecast

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Jim Haller, program director of transportation services at from NPI. If January’s activity is any indicator, the changes coming out of FedEx in 2015 will be both numerous and significant. During the carrier’s December 2014 earnings call, the company reported strong results and higher operating margin and emphasized the transformative role 2 recent acquisitions (Genco and Bongo) will have on its portfolio of e-commerce and supply chain solutions. But, the most noteworthy announcement was that the carrier’s fuel surcharge is under review and certain tables at FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight may be updated as early as Feb. 2, 2015.

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