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EU Outlines Plans To Reform Rules Governing Public Procurement -- The European Commission plans to change rules on how public authorities award contracts in order to make it easier for cross-border and smaller companies to operate, the European Union's Commissioner for the internal market Michel Barnier said Thursday.

Keep it simple, stupid.
Will a Complex Supply Chain Inhibit Global Market Expansion? -- Industrial products manufacturers seeking to exploit global market, supply chain and engineering opportunities are hitting an invisible but nonetheless debilitating wall: mounting complexity across the value chain, according to Deloitte.

A breakdown.
What's In That $45 Billion? -- There has been much ado about the $45 billion of new exports to China -- and the 235,000 American jobs they will support -- that resulted from last week's summit between President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao of China. In fact, President Obama referred once again to the job impact of these orders in his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday evening.

Is it just me, or do these cars look ridiculous anywhere but tiny European roads?
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive: Tiny Car, Humongous Price Tag -- Smart USA has delivered the first of 250 Fortwo Electric Drive cars as part of an early-adopter leasing program. The lease rate is $599 a month for a coupe and $649 a month for a cabriolet, not including a security deposit, tax, title, license and dealer fees.

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