Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

BPO procurement consolidation continues. Look for Spend Matters analysis next week on this transaction.
Infosys goes shopping "down under" for additional category management and strategic sourcing scale and expertise.
Stay tuned as we continue looking at Infosys BPO's S&P outsourcing practice with the third post in our series later this week (check out Part 1 and Part 2). We'll dig into some of the investments Infosys is making to expand the global scale and reach of its category management capabilities.

MetalMiner reports on our company holiday party.
MetalMiner Merriment at The Bedford -- As my colleague Taras posted yesterday, for their company outing during the 2011 holidays, the MetalMiner crew met at The Bedford, a new "deposit" (pun intended) in Chicago's restaurant scene. Founder Eric Nordness discovered the potential of an empty basement of a historic 1925 bank building in the Wicker Park neighborhood. What formerly was the thriving location of Chicago's Home Bank & Trust (later turned into an MB Financial bank) has been restored and repurposed into a unique culinary space--inherently complete with a visible vibe of metal. "We want people to sit anywhere in the space and have something visually interesting to look at," said Nordness, who worked with the hospitality design firm Gettys.

This week's thoughts from Vantage Partners' Danny Ertel.
You still have relationships to manage -- For the last couple of posts, I described an interesting workshop on legal process outsourcing (LPO) that I had the opportunity to facilitate at the ACC Annual Meeting in Denver. Part 1 of this workshop focused on the choices in-house counsel can make about what to outsource and to what end, while part 2, which I described last week, focused on the criteria used to select a provider that would be a good fit to what is being outsourced and why. This week's post wraps up this mini-series by looking at the challenges of managing relationships, with LPO providers and law firms, after you've done a deal.

Still won't make me go anywhere near a Big Mac.
McDonald's, Chipotle, Starbucks Try Getting Greener -- Restaurant chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill, McDonald's and Starbucks are making efforts to go greener by sourcing natural ingredients and promoting recyclability. Such moves will increasingly have a greater impact going forward as regulations mandating sustainability are getting tougher. Moreover, these restaurants are likely to get future tax benefits as well.

IPad Supply to Fall Short After Factory Explosion -- The cause of the explosion at the Shanghai plant, which injured 60 workers, is under investigation, but preliminary results suggest it was caused by aluminum dust. Shanghai authorities reported 27 workers were hospitalized after the incident, but none had life-threatening injuries. The explosion will likley affect supplies of Apple's top-selling tablet, the iPad 2. This is not the first disaster this year to hit the Cupertino, Calif.-based device maker's supply chain. A major earthquake in Japan this spring led to a shortfall in iPad components, as did a similar dust explosion earlier this year at Foxconn, a Chengdu, China-based plant that also manufactures the company's devices.

Sheena Moore

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