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The Spend Matters Gift Guide: Custom Drinking Glasses

Wondering what presents to procure this holiday season? The Spend Matters Gift Guide offers suggestions on what to give your friends, family or your boss this year. Today's suggestion comes from Kaitlyn McAvoy, editor of Spend Matters.

Get Progressive: How to Implement Procurement Centers of Excellence

The most innovative (and successful) procurement organizations have a Procurement Center of Excellence (CoE) in place to promote best practice among other necessities. If you don’t count your organization among those with a CoE then worry not: we are here to outline the early steps in implementing one. Download Procurement Centers of Excellence (CoE) – What’s In Them and How to Set Them Up by Pierre Mitchell (chief research officer for Spend Matters) for free today to learn more!

Compras y el desarrollo de la economía

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.

A Review of Air Canada Rouge – Just Say No for Business and Personal Travel

I think I’ve found the bottom of the barrel of Star Alliance. While it may be painted “Rouge” on the outside, Air Canada’s new discount service made my family red with anger on the inside. Earlier this month, we took a family vacation to Europe returned from Rome to the U.S. through Canada. The routing that made the most sense – and what first seemed like a great deal in cashing in Citi points – involved an airline-within-an-airline that I had never heard of: Air Canada Rouge. Air Canada Rouge is supposedly a discount airline, but the prices were similar for the transatlantic routes to standard airlines.

Swingin’ from the Supply Chain, or the View from the Forest’s Canopy

We in the supply chain and procurement fields spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating what it means to be a redheaded stepchild. For those of us who were raised up to believe that procurement was for serious supply chain professionals the dark side, sourcing was surely that distant relative of questionable provenance and worthy of a sound beating. I had to modify that primitive perspective upon discovering that fully 50 percent of the children in our immediate family were professionally committed to global sourcing and procurement in corporations of some repute.