Highlights of the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

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Last week, this author had the distinct opportunity to both attend and participate in the 2014 Supply Chain World North America conference sponsored by the Supply Chain Council. Supply Chain Council Executive Director Joe Francis kicked off the conference by sharing his observation that media today converses much more in the vernacular of the “supply chain” vs. manufacturing, procurement or logistics.

Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014

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Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters featured commentaries related to the North America railroad industry, specifically capacity, safety and specialty car backhaul operational challenges that impacted multiple industry supply chains. Procurement and Sourcing Service-centered Supply Chains Transportation and Logistics 2014 North America rail traffic volumes independent blog commenting on supply chain developments industry dynamics of the railroad industry Supply chain Matters blog

2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Automotive Supply Chains Residing in North America

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Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships

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In Automotive Industry, Mexico is Indeed Becoming A North America and Export Production Center

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Traditional vs. Operational Supply Chain Business Intelligence Needs in SAP Environments

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The U.S. West Coast Port Crisis and Increased Supply Chain Risk

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Last week, we were reading a recent report produced by the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) in the U.K. According to this report: “The world opened up for procurement managers in Q4 2014 with an abundance of cheap oil and gas making suppliers in far flung corners of the world instantly more competitive. indicating that its risk index reversed in Q4-2014 and reached a nine month high.

Overt Signs of Trump’s Agenda for Confrontation on Global Sourcing and Trade Policy

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Ivalua and Axbility Consulting partner to help companies create value through successful procurement transformation

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Axbility Consulting, a subsidiary of Ivalua European partner Axys Consultants, reinforces Ivalua’s capabilities to empower today’s Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders. Axbility Consulting, headquartered in New York City, is the North American subsidiary of Axys Consultants, a major player in management consulting with 215 consultants with an annual turnover of $31 million. is the Axys Consultants subsidiary created in 2018 for the North American market.

The Procurement Economy in 2019: The United States

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As we start 2019, it’s critical to understand how current events, changes in governmental policy and the general economic climate may affect the global procurement market and supply chain. and the European Union, and examine how procurement organizations can best prepare in the new year. Here, we outline some of the biggest stories and what they mean for American industries and procurement teams. Changes to NAFTA may see similar disruptions in North American supply chains.

Procurement Leaders Americas Procurement Conference, 14th – 15th March 2019, Miami

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Ivalua has been developing Procurement Technology for Nearly 20 years and we work with many customers and partners in North America. Ivalua will be represented at the event by our North American Marketing Director, Ty Levine!

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The Procurement Economy in 2019: The UK and the European Union

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However, any global organisation will tell you that their concerns reach past North America. and the European Union and examines how procurement organisations can best prepare in the new year. With Brexit looming and the possibility of World Trade Organisation rules coming into effect in UK/EU trade, the European procurement and supply chain markets look unsteady. As your procurement organisation moves into 2019, you can prepare your team for uncertainty.

Paving the Way for Sustainable Public Procurement

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Sustainable public procurement can also be beneficial from the economic perspective: It can generate income, reduce costs and promote innovation among domestic producers. National Procurement Standards. ’s In-procurement Magazine Public spending is big business.

The Kickoff of the Detroit Auto Show

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The 2018 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS 2018) kicks-off this weekend in Detroit Michigan amid an industry that is undergoing various stages of supply chain transformation inflection points and risk assessment.

Industry Supply Chain Impacts from Catastrophic Natural Events- Further Update

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Supply Chain Matters continues with succinct update to readers on business and industry headline developments concerning the unprecedented series of catastrophic natural events that have impacted the Caribbean, Mexico and North America.

Ivalua Selected by State of Maryland to Power ‘eMaryland Marketplace Advantage’ e-procurement system

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Ivalua builds momentum as technology platform of choice for public sector procurement. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, said in a public announcement , “With the addition of this e-procurement system, Maryland is taking a significant step forward in the way we do business.”.

NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Now at a More Contentious Stage

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The fourth round of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks kicked-off this week and the prospects for reaching some consensus agreement on major NAFTA trade principles by the end of this year are now looking to be rather challenging. Global Trade Issues Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy NAFTA trade negotiations supply chain management implications to NAFTA renegotiation Supply chain Matters blog

A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers

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In April a front page published article by The Wall Street Journal reported on Wal-Mart’s increased pressures on North America based suppliers to squeeze costs. In prior commentaries, Supply Chain Matters has highlighted reports indicating that Wal-Mart had once again focused on its suppliers for sharing the burden of needed higher margins.

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A Declared Tough U.S. Stance Related to NAFTA Talks

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This week, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross spoke to attendees of The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council indicating that the Trump Administration’s ongoing hardball strategy regarding ongoing North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks comes from perceived leverage over Canada and Mexico.

NAFTA Renegotiation Talks Now at a More Contentious Stage

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The fourth round of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks kicked-off this week and the prospects for reaching some consensus agreement on major NAFTA trade principles by the end of this year are now looking to be rather challenging. Global Trade Issues Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Strategy NAFTA trade negotiations supply chain management implications to NAFTA renegotiation Supply chain Matters blog

Lumber Liquidators Terminates Sourcing of China Produced Laminate Flooring

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In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, at the time, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America was involved in a supply chain expose. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Lumber Liquidators China sourcing Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Lumber Liquidators Suspends All China Sourced Laminate Flooring Products

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Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America, announced this week that it is suspending all of its China sourced laminate flooring products. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Disruption Supply Chain Risk Management blog dedicated to supply chain management Lumber Liquidators supply chain Supply chain Matters blog Supply Chain Risk

The Beginning of NAFTA Renegotiation Talks- Monitor and Be Prepared

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With the formal start of re-negotiations concerning the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), many industry supply chain teams should be monitoring developments and conducting ongoing analytical analysis and management education. There is a very narrow window for negotiators to come to a broad consensus of agreement.

6 Things We've Learned from McDonald's Procurement Management

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In the foodservice industry, there are few better examples of great procurement management than McDonald's. Today's food industry supply chain operators would do well to learn from the excellent procurement management example that McDonald's has set.

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

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Food & Beverage All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content North AmericaIt’s called oat milk, and baristas love its light, hearty flavor that lets the java beans take center stage. As more consumers choose plant alternatives to dairy, it’s gotten so popular that just in the last month, some coffee shops were left without oat milk for days, even weeks. To meet demand, producer Oatly Inc.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

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In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through. Chris Sawchuck from the Hackett Group interviewed three heads of procurement from three large companies, and asked an important question. Does procurement add to top line revenue.

One Year Later- Lumber Liquidators Struggles Continue

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In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America at the time, was involved in a supply chain expose. Procurement and Sourcing Product Quality Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Disruption examples of supply chain disruption examples of supply chain snafus Lumber Liquidators supply chain supplier management snafus Supply chain Matters blog

Florence Et Al.

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North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. Expect tight capacity across North America. Procurement Risk management Uncategorized disruption hurricane readiness risk management transportation

Report That Ford is Planning to Double Production Capacity in Mexico- The Political Dimensions Become More Prominent

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In August of 2014, we initially alerted our Supply Chain Matters readers to the growing attractiveness of Mexico as a North America based Manufacturing and export hub for the global automotive industry. Automotive Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Ford Motor Company Ford Supply Chain strategic production sourcing in Mexico Supply chain Matters blog supply chain strategic sourcing strategies

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The Implications of U.S. Justice Department Dismissal of Alleged Ocean Container Shipping Cartels Has Multiple Consequences

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In contrast, rates on the Asia to North America trade lane are higher, and especially high during peak shipping periods. Industry supply chain and procurement management executives and their respective organizations must now deal with new realities and changed thinking. A U.S.

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

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Sourcing/Procurement/SRM SC Planning & Optimization EDI Communication (XML/EDI) Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' Blog All Technology North Americabased corporations are reported to have between $2tr and $3tr stashed away in offshore accounts, to avoid paying high taxes on domestic income. Apple alone is said to be holding some $269bn in cash and cash equivalents through its overseas affiliates.

The Stream of UK Based Automotive Industry Announcements are Not Solely Related to Brexit

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According to business media reporting, over half of the Swindon plant output of Civics is exported to North America. Auto workers across the United Kingdom have been reeling from a series of cascading announcements regarding global auto maker’s cutbacks of capacity and production.

Report Indicates Wal-Mart Ratchets Up Pressures on Suppliers to Squeeze Costs

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Today’s WSJ report (paid subscription or free metered view) indicates that last month, Wal-Mart began an effort to place increasing pressure on its North America based suppliers to cut the cost of their products. When a report directly impacting supply chain strategy is featured as a front page article in The Wall Street Journal, we are certainly going to bring it to Supply Chain Matters reader attention.

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A Canadian Perspective on Negotiating Nafta 2.0

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and Canada: rules on government procurement , protection for the Canadian dairy industry , automotive content , investor-state dispute settlement , and a U.S. On the creation of reciprocal procurement agreements, a “dollar-for-dollar” match would actually give Americans less access to that lucrative market. percent to 85 percent the minimum North American content needed to qualify for tariff-free treatment would establish “the highest [bar] in the world.

Takeover and Tuck-In Acquisitions Underway Involving Global Ocean Container Shipping Lines

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Here again, Maersk stands to reportedly double its existing North America based customs brokerage services, but also gain added technology prowess.