1. Recent Articles

    1. Exxaro to buy Total Coal South Africa

      Explore BDlive (21 hours, 16 min ago)

      Exxaro to buy Total Coal South Africa

      EXXARO Resources, South Africa’s fourth-biggest coal producer and the biggest supplier of coal to Eskom, has agreed to buy Total Coal South Africa, South Africa’s fifth-largest coal producer and the owner of two main operating complexes near Witbank for a total of $472m, it said on Monday.

      The deal would be funded from Exxaro’s existing corporate debt facilities, it said. Exxaro’s shares gained 1.4% to R143.19 immediately after the announcement.

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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    2. Johnson Controls appoints Michael Bartschat as its first CPO to develop 'world-class global procurement function'

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jul 28 2014)

      Industrial firm Johnson Controls has appointed Michael Bartschat as its first chief procurement officer.

      The company said Bartschat will “optimise cost and value” of purchased materials, products and services. There will also be a focus on supporting the company's ongoing transformation to a "true multi-industrial through operational and manufacturing excellence across its business units”.

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    3. Former Boeing Procurement Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

      Explore cporising.com (Jul 28 2014)

      Ten days ago, former Boeing procurement officer, Deon Anderson, 47 of St. Louis, MO, pled guilty to three counts of federal procurement fraud, including taking bribes in exchange for competitive information and setting a pricing scheme for that information. Between November 2009 and February 2013, Anderson conspired with William Boozer, 59, owner of Globe Dynamics International, which produces machine parts and complex components for aircraft, to sell confidential information about competitors’ bids on purchasing contracts from Boeing. The two used a coding system via phone calls and emails to set prices for competitive information. Boozer used that information to win ...

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      Comment Mentions:   IBM   Washington   Boeing

    4. Millennials to shake-up procurement

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jul 28 2014)

      Talent management continues to be a major priority and challenge for procurement. Virtually every company is exploring ways to recruit and train staff. An interesting description of one superb effort -that at ABB - provides suggestions others may well look to adopt.

       The effort at recruitment may be getting stronger. A recent report says that 63% of procurement and supply chain employers surveyed will increase hiring this year, and that, indeed, junior staff are in demand. No definition of "junior," but presumably they are very young. And that raises a point worth considering.

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      Comment Mentions:   Tim Minahan

    5. SA, Angola boost trade ties

      Explore SA News (Jul 27 2014)

      South African businesses have been called on to take advantage of opportunities in Angola.

      A South African business delegation is in Angola at the Feira Internacional de Angola (FILDA) trade exhibition in Luanda.

      “Energy, water, construction materials, telecommunications, chemicals, mining and distribution are all projects where foreign investment is needed,” said Joao Rocha of Termat Comecio Geral, a company that is on a mission to attract and promote South African goods and services in Angola.

      Rocha was addressing the South African business delegation at FILDA on Sunday. The delegation of 27 representatives is participating in FILDA with the assistance of ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Brazil   China   Angola

    6. Anglo to refocus on assets that offer best value

      Explore BDlive (Jul 25 2014)

      Anglo to refocus on assets that offer best value

      ANGLO American’s underlying operating profit for the interim period fell 10% to $2.9bn and the group’s net debt deepened to $11.5bn, forcing the company to hold its dividend steady.

      Anglo would sell a number of unspecified assets, CEO Mark Cutifani said on Friday in a statement accompanying the results to end-June. The results showed a swathe of the company’s divisions posting operating losses, with the notable exception of diamonds where Anglo holds an 85% stake in De Beers.

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      Comment Mentions:   Australia   Brazil

    7. Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 24 2014)

      Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      In support of Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s vision of a “radical transformation” of the provincial public sector, Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy announced on Thursday that Provincial Treasury and the provincial Department of Transport (DoT) have agreed to pilot an open, transparent tender application process in the current financial year.

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      Comment Mentions:   Johannesburg

    8. Mining project studies on the up

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Jul 24 2014)

      The awarding of studies for potential mining projects is on the increase, says DRA CEO Paul Thomson, who spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the eve of his company’s thirtieth anniversary celebrations.

      The head of the 3 000-employee project house, which began in Johannesburg in 1984 in tough economic conditions not dissimilar to those prevailing now, says that DRA is currently in a recruitment phase to meet the increasing tempo of demand for its engineering and project management services.

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      Comment Mentions:   Australia   Africa   Canada

  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 10 2014)

      What has WhatsApp's sale told us about stakeholders?

      Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a reported $19 billion (£11.3 billion) shows how procurement can get involved in high-risk high value projects, such as IT systems and major capital expenditure. Here are three points to inform your thinking: • Cost, price and value. The acquisition price of $19 billion has very little to do with cost because WhatsApp employs about 55 people and charges 69p in the UK for an annual service – it’s free for the first year.

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    2. Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 4 2014)

      Established Companies, Get Ready for the Collaborative Economy

      As more and more startups like Airbnb, Etsy and Kickstarter crowd into the space of the collaborative economy, big brands are starting to get in on the action, too.  Staples sells products developed on Quirky; Avis has acquired Zipcar; Walgreens has partnered with TaskRabbit for delivery.

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      Comment Mentions:   Canada

    3. What Are The Benefits Of Using A Supplier Portal?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Feb 24 2014)

      One of Procurement Leaders’ members is keen to learn more about supplier portals from the community and the scenario he posited gave insight into what can be a tricky area for functions.

       He posed a question asking for advice from members about whether they are using a supplier portal and if so, whether it was custom built. He also wanted to know the best version of xml to use, and any advice about the Global Upstream Supplier Initiative (GUSI).

       Whether the short term pain of introducing a specific new technology is outweighed in the longer term by cost and process ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Oracle

    4. Supplier Relationships take you to the top

      Explore MarketSqr Blog (Jan 29 2014)

      Supplier Relationships take you to the top

      We all want to be at the top of our industry. To achieve that we are today just as dependent on exceptional supplier relationships as we were fifteen years ago.  It as become a lot easier yet still only a few organisations get this right.  Consider the example of how Honda and Toyota started dominating the US auto market in the nineties.  Applying these principles are just as valid now but more achievable through the communication habits and tools at our disposal today.

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      Comment Mentions:   Toyota   Honda   Ford

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