Afternoon Coffee: Apple’s Back in the US, Extreme SCM, China and the GPA, Guar Gum Bubble Pops

PR move, or more?
Apple to Resume U.S. Manufacturing -- For the first time in years, Apple will manufacture computers in the United States, the chief executive of Apple, Timothy D. Cook, said in interviews with NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek. "Next year, we will do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States," he said in an interview to be broadcast Thursday on "Rock Center With Brian Williams" on NBC.

"...more than 300 suppliers in one place - at Arctic Import situated at the Port of Aalborg, North Denmark."
Greenland Contractors and Arctic Import Enter Into a Supply Chain Management Contract -- Greenland Contractors, who holds the contract for the daily operation of the Thule Air Base for the U.S. Air Force, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Arctic Import - The concept opens up a range of new Supply ChainManagement benefits for other public and private companies onshore and offshore in the North Atlantic and in Greenland.

"It was China's fourth offer to join the GPA."
Europe says China's latest bid to join procurement agreement "highly disappointing" -- China's proposed terms to join a global agreement on government purchases are "highly disappointing" and cover only 2-3 percent of its public procurement market, a European Union trade lobby group said on Thursday.

The latest guar gum news!
For Guar Gum, a Bubble Goes Pop -- Pukhraj Parihar, a 50-year-old farmer from India's northwestern Rajasthan state, fears losing everything due to a bet he made on guar, the bean used by drilling companies to extract gas from shale rock. Mr. Parihar, like many farmers in this arid land, gave up planting crops such as millet, lentils and carrots after the price of guar on the Indian market shot up sixfold in the eight months to May, primarily on demand from companies involved in the U.S. shale-gas production boom.

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