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Afternoon Coffee: US Manufacturing Picks Up, China Factories Sluggish

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News The Institute for Supply Management's PMI rose in June, while the same official metric remained stagnant in China. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news. (Read more...)

ISM: Manufacturing Activity Picked Up Somewhat in June

The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index picked up a little in June. The headline PMI increased fromRead the Rest...

Here comes ISM manufacturing ...

At the top of the hour, we'll get the latest reading on US manufacturing from the Institute of Supply Management. Economists estimate that the index rose to 53.2 in June from 52.8 in May, according to Bloomberg. In a note previewingShow More Summary

Risk Management Is Your Job, Not Just “A Priority!”

Categories: Supply Management recently reported a global survey by Consero Group in which almost half of CPOs named supplier risk as a top concern – “their biggest worry.” This is good news and bad news. Guest author,  Sigi Osagie, expert on effectiveness in Procurement & Supply Chain Management, discusses. Show More Summary

Procter & Gamble's Futuristic Control Tower Environment

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has one of the best supply chains in the world.  But when their top supply chain executives talk about supply chain management, it can be hard to understand what they are talking about.  P&G has rather forgone talking about supply chain systems and instead talks about [...]

Burning Man Burning Over Federal Demands For Ice Cream and 24-hour Accommodations Employees

2 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream. The organizers of the famous Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert have been faced with a bizarre demand from U.S. land managers that the counterculture event supply special lodging, ice cream and other amenities to their staff working at the event. This includes 24-hour […]

The Tail Spend Animal … Not Easy to Tame

Categories: We are pleased to publish this post on our Hot Topic: Tail Spend Management. It comes from Jim Kiser of GEP, a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing and technology solutions to procurement and supply chain organisations. Show More Summary

Final Questions about Gouache

James Gurney, Calla lilies, watercolor and gouache Joseph Gyurcsak, an artist and brand manager for Utrecht art supplies, wrote to me in the middle of Gouache Week offering to answer any remaining questions. He told me that he worked...Show More Summary

Improve Supply Chain Management with Quick Scan Tool

A new open-source tool allows buying companies, suppliers, scheme owners and standards to compare their social and environmental compliance approach against best corporate practice and improve supply chain management. The GSCP-ITC Quick...Show More Summary

‘Best Year for Supply Chain Industry Since Great Recession’

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has released its 26th annual State of Logistics Report, presented by Penske Logistics. The report reveals total US business logistics costs rose to $1.45 trillion in 2014, a 3.1 percent increase from the previous year. However, the growth rate for logistics costs was lower than the U.S. gross […]

Industrial Stormwater Best Management Practices Revealed

If it’s not managed, stormwater can disrupt businesses across a range of industries from construction to manufacturing to oil and gas to agriculture. Rainfall, snow, sleet and hail can cause flooding, damage equipment and supplies and otherwise halt processes and production — if not managed well. An Industrial Water World article examines the best practices […]

Is Your Supply Chain Disaster-Proof?

Categories: Guest Post, Procurement Strategy & Planning, Supply Chain Management, Supply Risk Management Tags: Guest Posts, Process and Best Practice, Zycus Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Diptarup Chakraborti, assistant...Show More Summary

Risky Business: Cyber Security and Supply Chain Management

The best supply chain software solutions are designed to support “mobility as a work style.” If they’re not, then chances are, they’re quickly losing competitive ground. With that in mind, last week’s news that 600 million Samsung Galaxy phones were discovered to have a major security flaw is more than [...]

China's Driving Palladium

While working at Tiger Management in the mid-1990s, Dwight Anderson felt the price of palladium was set to rise sharply. Julian Robertson even sent Anderson to Siberia and South Africa to check on supply. All of his research showed there was a shortage of 2 million ounces, and yet, for [...]

Companies Can’t Get No VMS Satisfaction: Exploring the HR Disconnect With Services Procurement Technology

Categories: Learning / Research, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor, Technology Tags: L2, Technology In a recent multi-phase poll by Spend Matters and the Institute for Supply Management, we explored the poor adoption of services procurement technology within buying organizations. Show More Summary

Increase Visibility, Improve Supplier Management: A Procurement Wish List

Categories: Finance, Learning / Research, Spend Management, Supplier Management Tags: L1, Process and Best Practice How can finance and procurement better collaborate to improve supply and spend management? Well, Pierre Mitchell, chief...Show More Summary

Landis+Gyr brings G3 PLC Smart Metering to Austria 

Landis+Gyr, a global leader in supplying energy management solutions, will supply its smart metering solution, Gridstream™ which will run on G3 PLC technology to Netz Burgenland Strom. The agreement includes the supply of infrastructure for the utility’s head-end-system, which enables the utility to remotely read all meters in its network. Source: Landis+Gyr brings G3 PLC […]

Looking for Justification for Lousy VMS Penetration (Part 2: Is There a Reason For This?)

Categories: Analysis, Supplier Management, Suppliers, Technology Tags: L1, Technology In a recent study conducted by Spend Matters and the Institute for Supply Management that explored the state of services procurement technology adoption...Show More Summary

Possible bribery probed over deal to supply Chicago's privatized parking meters

The FBI is investigating whether an executive at the firm that manages Chicago's privatized parking meters was paid $90,000 in bribes to steer a contract to install and maintain the controversial meters across the city. The alleged kickback...Show More Summary

Latin American E-Invoicing Standardization Opens the Door for Supply Chain Finance

Categories: Finance, Guest Post, Supply Chain Management Tags: Guest Posts, Invoiceware, Process and Best Practice Spend Matters welcomes this guest article by Steve Sprague, vice president of product strategy at Invoiceware International. Show More Summary

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