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The evolution of the supply chain business model -- With the recent revelation of a strategy for America's national supply chain, President Obama highlighted the vulnerabilities of the supply chain model. Identified threats included natural disasters, which are occurring at more frequent intervals and are likely to increase as a result of climate change, with negative implications for the global economy. However, analysis released today by CDP shows that some major companies are already ahead of the US administration in acting to reduce climate change risk and capitalise on related opportunities across their supply chains. The report, based on 49 global companies, including L'Oreal, Walmart and Philips, and over 1,800 of their suppliers, indicates that companies at the top of the supply chain are already redefining the way they operate and are making real changes to their supplier procurement models.

Up and up.
US ISM Revised Data Show Summer Slump Not As Weak -- U.S. manufacturers were slightly less busy at the end of 2011, than first thought while non-manufacturers were doing slightly better, according to revised data released Tuesday by the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM's revision, based on new seasonal factors, also show the summer slump in both sectors was not as bad as previously reported. For instance, when economic activity stalled this summer, the ISM purchasing managers' index for U.S. manufacturers had fallen to 50.6 in August, but the revisions show the low point as only 51.4 in July. The revised factory PMI now stands at 53.1 in December, down from 53.9 first reported.

Commodities gone wild.
Comeback Kids: Corn, Oil, Tin -- Commodity prices are surging again, rebounding sharply from the steep declines late last year, as buyers gain confidence Europe's debt problems won't cascade out of control and destroy demand. Copper, aluminum and other industrial metals that can serve as manufacturing barometers shot up by double digits in percentage terms in January, led by tin's 29% gain. Ps, have you registered for Commodity Edge yet?!

And demand drops.
China export and import demand dips amid global fears -- The demand for Chinese exports fell in January as global economic uncertainty continued to hurt consumer confidence. Latest government data showed China's new export order index fell to 46.9 from 48.6 in the previous month. The imports index also dropped to 46.9 from 49.3 in December, showing that domestic demand was slowing.

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