Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

It's a cloudy day today.

NetSuite Rolls out Cloud-based Manufacturing Suite for Global, Midsize Business Operations -- "Mid-market ERP specialist NetSuite is offering what it says is the first and only 'Cloud-based' manufacturing suite aimed at delivering significant cost reductions and productivity gains for midsize manufacturers eager to move operations to the Cloud."

Here's NetSuite entering the supply chain cloud, but why do all these next-generation SaaS ERPs pretty much ignore sourcing and procurement? Seems that they're missing out on a big opportunity!

Labor issues are in the red.

Is a Trend Toward Labor Activism About to Occur in China? -- "A Wall Street Journal reporter based in Taipei reported that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., better known as Foxconn is weighing the possibility of increasing wages for its factory workers in China, although the company denies that this is related to the recent large occurrences of suicide incidents among its workforce."

Capitalists like us find it hilarious that even communist countries have their fair share of labor issues. Further proof the free market can be just as kind to labor as the Reds, I suppose.

Andrew Bartolini talk to lawyers.

Hawk Those Legal Eagles

At Spend Matters, nothing gets our sourcing juices flowing more than the thought of bidding out the lawyers. One of us at Spend Matters has heard the story from the other side (no comment on which family relation). One of our relatives is a somewhat high-powered big-firm litigator who has had to cut fees for a large client through a sourcing exercise. Also consider taking Rees Morrison's benchmark survey if you're interested in the subject.

Spend Matters wishes we could drive this deep...

New MetalMiner Webinar: Heat Treat Plate Market: Applications, Market Outlook and Cost Savings Opportunities -- Join MetalMiner for an informative and educational 45-50 minute webinar covering the heat treat plate market. Panelists Jerome Kusbel and Ryan Murphy of webinar sponsor Leeco Steel will discuss market trends, heat treat processes, applications, market size, and mills as well as provide insights on cost reduction ideas and customer applications. Hosted by MetalMiner editor, Lisa Reisman, the session will also include a Q&A. If your company purchases heat treat plate or you have considered purchasing heat treat plate, you will not want to miss this event!

We'll never be able to dig this deeply into category-driven cost reduction strategies. Fortunately, our sister blog can!

In other news, I finished my first year of graduate school today. Hooray! Now if only Spend Matters had nap time...

Sheena Moore

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