Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

What are you doing tomorrow morning? If you answered attending International Trade Breaking Point, then kudos to you. We'll be live blogging and live tweeting (@spendmatters) the entire event, so register now to attend the simulcast and see all the action.

A poll!
Hackett Research Alert! Participate in Our Quick Poll: Fighting Inflation - What are Businesses Doing? -- invites supply chain and procurement executives and others to participate in a newly-launched quick poll designed to assess how companies are responding to input cost inflations and the best practices they're adopting to manage it. Click the above link to take part in the survey (closes on March 9).

The story of IKEA.
How IKEA's Founder, Ingvar Kamprad's Generous Purpose Defines the Authentic Role of Corporate Social Responsibility -- Social responsibility has always been a natural characteristic of the immigrant. The company that exemplifies the meaning of generous purpose was itself born of a gift. This company is IKEA.

New commodity: Privacy.
Web's Hot New Commodity: Privacy -- As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.
Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.--and even some online-tracking companies themselves--are rolling out new ways to protect users from having their movements monitored online. Some are going further and starting to pay people a commission every time their personal details are used by marketing companies.

- Sheena Moore

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