Afternoon Coffee: Royal Caribbean’s Supply Chain, “All Natural” Food Sourcing, New Job for 2013?

Finance cruising into the supply chain!
Royal Caribbean CFO Tries Navigating the Supply Chain -- Royal Caribbean Cruises is turning to CFO Brian Rice to cut costs from its supply chain as the cruise industry battles a poor operating environment -- even though by his own admission the 20-plus-year company vet has no expertise in that part of its business. "I'm still in the learning stages of the supply chain," says Rice, who was put in charge of that function in September on top of his other CFO duties. "They're helping me more than I'm helping them [right now]."

Quoth Portlandia: "Is it local?"
Restaurant Operators, Farmers Connect On Supply Chain Priorities -- "Kind of a challenge for us is we find we have less than a fully-informed consumer who is probably subject to a lot of media information that will influence their purchasing and consuming habits," Kramp says. "The buzz words like all-natural, organic, locally sourced, farm-to-table, cage free – they hear those all the time and then they begin to think, 'Boy, those must be healthier because that's what's being pointed out as things we should be eating.'"

Thinking about a new job?
New Year, New Job? Use procurement techniques to make the right decision -- The end of the year is a classic time for taking stock, making the new year resolutions, and perhaps even thinking about changing jobs, employers or even careers. And if you are in that situation, don't forget to register on the Spend Matters search4 procurement jobs site and get a FREE copy of our e-Guide, "Great Procurement Interview Questions – and how to answer them". probably don't want this one.
Dalkey Archive posts world's wackiest job listing -- "The Press is looking for promising candidates with an appropriate background who: have already demonstrated a strong interest in literary publishing; are very well read in literature in general and Dalkey Archive books in particular; are highly motivated and ambitious; are determined to have a career in publishing and will sacrifice to make that career happen; are willing to start off at a low-level salary and work their way upwards; possess multi-dimensional skills that will be applied to work at the Press; look forward to undergoing a rigorous and challenging probationary period either as an intern or employee; want to work at Dalkey Archive Press doing whatever is required of them to make the Press succeed; do not have any other commitments (personal or professional) that will interfere with their work at the Press (family obligations, writing, involvement with other organizations, degrees to be finished, holidays to be taken, weddings to attend in Rio, etc.); know how to act and behave in a professional office environment with high standards of performance; and who have a commitment to excellence that can be demonstrated on a day-to-day basis. DO NOT APPLY IF ALL OF THE ABOVE DOES NOT DESCRIBE YOU."

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