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Google moves into airline tickets??
Search for Low Air Fares Gets More Competitive
-- With airlines imposing fees for things like checked bags, priority seating and access to airport lounges, finding a good fare is just the starting point. Ticket buyers then need to check multiple Web sites to figure out the best deal.

Peter writes a great social media/procurement piece.
How social media helped to improve a procurement process -- We've going to be featuring Social Media in a big way here shortly – more news very soon. So, with that in mind, it was interesting last week to hear a real life example of how it is being applied in the procurement world. Particularly as this was also relevant to last week's 'question of the week' discussion on whether eSourcing is good or bad news for smaller suppliers.

Bad weather, expensive food.
Extreme weather pushes food prices higher -- Among the economic havoc brought by this winter's extreme weather, none has been more severe than the impact on the global food supply chain.

Chinese prefer Swedes.
Why Home Depot Struggles and IKEA Thrives in China? -- At a time when China's home furnishings market surged 17 percent, the largest U.S. home improvement company Home Depot has been struggling and closed five stores since it entered the China market in 2006.

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