• Rubber Prices Down 25% in 2014

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    Rubber Prices Down 25% in 2014

    ProPurchaser News Services--Rubber for September delivery fell 4% to close at 206.4 yen per kilo (91.4 cents per pound) in Tokyo on Friday, amid a global supply surplus, coupled with concerns about slowing economic growth in China. In Shanghai, Rubber fell 4.1% to close at 14,200 yuan per metric ton ($1.04 per pound).

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  • New Ballot, TIA-PN-604.18 - Project Proposal No. TIA-PN-604.18, proposed creation of a TIA Standard "FOCIS 18- Fiber Optic Connector Intermateability Standard Type 1x16 and 2 x 16 Multifi…
  • New Published TIA Standard, TIA-2001.5-D-4 - Interoperability Specification (IOS) for cdma2000® Access Network Interfaces- Part 5 (A3 and A7 Interfaces). Developed by TR-45.4, committee for Radio to S…
  • New Project Proposal, ANSI/TIA-PN-607-C - Project Proposal No. ANSI/TIA-PN-607-C, proposed revision of a ANSI/TIA Standard "Generic Telecommunications Grounding (Earthing) and Bonding for Customer Premi…
  • New Published TIA Standard, TIA-2001.2-E-4 - Interoperability Specification (IOS) for cdma2000® Access Network Interfaces- Part 2 Transport. Developed by TR-45.4, committee for Radio to Switching Tech…
  • Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers - Consumer Price Index (CPI):+0.2% in Mar 2014News ReleaseHistorical Data Unemployment Rate:6.7% in Mar 2014News ReleaseHistorical Dat…

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For Procurement, It's All About the Network

Susan Avery

For the supply management and procurement professionals attending the monthly member meeting of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston in April, it’s all about the network--expanding it and making the most of it. Read More

Good for the Environment, Good for Business

Susan Avery

To help procurement professionals and other business leaders add value to their organizations--and the planet--Basware has put together a list of suggestions to help reduce use of paper--and improve efficiency and cash flow. This, the company says, is to mark Earth Day, which is April 22. Read More

How Do You Challenge Your Suppliers?

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The questionnaire is an important part of the qualifying process and approved suppliers rating system, and assists in the evaluation of the ability of suppliers to provide the services or goods required for a range of projects. Read More

Relationships Help Procurement, Suppliers through Challenging Times

Susan Avery

John MacLean, Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain at American Airlines, understands the value of relationships. MacLean, who is leaving his post at the end of April, looks back on his career in procurement at the world's largest airline in an interview with My Purchasing Center. He has served as a member of the My Purchasing Center Editorial Advisory Board since the online publication launched in February 2011. For MacLean, the highlight of his career was when his team received the Purchasing Medal of Professional Excellence in 1998. Read More

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Marketing Procurement Internally, Part 2

Source One’s Fandozzi continues her presentation with a look at ways procurement can meet challenges of sourcing indirect categories. Tools such as reporting, transparency and training can be particularly helpful to market procurement value, she says.

Marketing Procurement Internally, Part 1

In a presentation to supply chain graduate students at Rutgers University, Lindsey Fandozzi, Director, Supply Chain at Source One Management Services, describes challenges procurement faces when sourcing indirect spend categories. Using a case study of Apple as illustration, she shares key points with My Purchasing Center.

ISM 2013 SciQuest

What's happening on the show floor at the ISM conference? My Purchasing Center interviews Adam Stewart of exhibitor SciQuest on the company's source-to-settle solution and its new user interface. He calls it "simple and sleek".

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What Does Procurement Really Want?

Not what you think. Listen to My Purchasing Center’s interview with Richard Waugh, Vice President, Corporate Development at Zycus, for his response. First, however, Waugh walks us through highlights of the Zycus 2014 Pulse of Procurement report. “Procurement’s vital signs are strong,” he says. Spend under management and contract compliance, two important metrics, are up.

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Risk Along the Supply Chain: The Stakes are High

My Purchasing Center talks supply chain risk with Sundar Kamakshisundaram, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing at Ariba, and David Charpie, Vice President at Supplier InfoNet. The two look at ways procurement understands, monitors and executes plans to manage risk of sub-tier suppliers, and how combining the intelligence of the Ariba Network and SAP HANA can help.

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Latest Blog Posts

Critical Spares? I Am Never Without Parts….Stores May Be Out, But Not Me

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George E. Krauter
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A professional development association in the Midwest requested an analysis of a MRO store room. The company is a large food processor that claimed its stores operation was efficient and constituted effective support of maintenance projects. Something was … Read More

Five Ways to Optimize Your Indoor Environment with the Right Supplier

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Roger McFadden
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Considering how much time we spend working indoors (almost nine hours a day on average), it’s important to always make sure that our environment is the healthiest it can be. Making wise choices about suppliers and products will help ensure that your facili… Read More

Is Procurement Ready for the Mobile Revolution?

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Raphael Dauchy
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Many internal users are non-compliant with purchasing policies because of the time required to get their purchase requisition approved. Enabling approvers (often procurement professionals) with mobile access would help to reduce the overall cycle time for … Read More

Managing Corporate Dining Spend Elusive for Procurement--Until Now

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Susan Avery
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“You can imagine a CPO and the angst he or she must feel looking at a $15 million line item they are unable to leverage,” Vic Macchio, Founder and CEO at Dinova says. “We stepped up and offered them an opportunity and they are receptive to it.” Read More



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Supply Chain Logistics as a Driver of Business Strategy & Profitability

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