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    1. Supply chains shape the business models of the future

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Dec 17 2014)

      Supply chains shape the business models of the future

      Taking the long view on environmental sustainability can seem somewhat remote from the day job of most people working on the front lines of procurement and supply chain. However, embedding this thinking into business strategy and management has never been more important to improving resilience and competitive advantage. Labour productivity and cost has improved over the past decades thanks to ICT, mechanisation and moving production to low-cost countries.

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    2. High costs hinder adoption of 3D printing

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Dec 15 2014)

      High costs hinder adoption of 3D printing

      The poll of 330 purchasers of the technology by research organisation Gartner found 60 per cent said high acquisition costs had delayed their adoption of the technology “While the technology is already in use across a wide range of manufacturing verticals from medical to aerospace, costs remain the primary concern for buyers," said Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner.

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      Comment Mentions:   Gartner   Royal Mail

    3. Three Events Management Metrics That Matter

      Explore cporising.com (Dec 15 2014)

      The world of complex spend management can often frustrate the typical procurement executive, as each category that encompasses this area has its own distinct set of capabilities, competencies, solutions, and yes, even performance metrics.

      Events management is an arena that has evolved tremendously over the past few years, with organizations treating corporate events (in all of its forms, such an incentive, customer / client, revenue-generating, etc.) more as “engagements” than one-shot live meetings

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    4. The Wrong Way To Get Cost Reduction

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Dec 15 2014)

      The Wrong Way To Get Cost Reduction

      There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Bullying suppliers into slashing their prices, as alleged in this report last week, is the wrong way to control costs. While the report concerns a UK company in the retailing industry, the practice of bullying is in no way restricted to that industry or country. US automotive manufacturers were notorious in the past for their hardball tactics with suppliers, though today they see the value of collaboration. Some miners in North America were bringing heavy pressure on suppliers to slash prices last summer.

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    5. State may sell assets to ease power crunch

      Explore iol.co.za (Dec 12 2014)

      State may sell assets to ease power crunch

      Financial problems at Eskom have pushed the government to look into selling stakes in state companies to free up funds to update the utility and ease power blackouts.

      President Jacob Zuma's ANC has long been reluctant to sell company stakes to ease the strain on the budget, for fear of upsetting powerful labour union allies who say this would cause job losses.

      But state-owned Eskom urgently needs 250 billion rand to upgrade its infrastructure and this has left the ANC, managing a national debt of 50 percent of GDP, with little choice but to rethink the state ownership model ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Reuters   BHP Billiton   Cosatu

    6. South Africa tenders for coal-fired power plants

      Explore Polity.org.za (Dec 12 2014)

      South Africa tenders for coal-fired power plants

      South Africa has suffered its worst power shortages in six years this month due to creaking power plants and emergency maintenance. Eskom is facing a $20-billion funding shortfall over the next four years, forcing the government to consider selling state assets to bail out the utility.

      The government announced on Thursday that it would launch a private sector-led coal-fired power plant programme by January 2015, which should add 2 500 MW of generation capacity to the grid.

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      Comment Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    7. SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

      Explore Engineering News (Dec 12 2014)

      SA steel demand set to grow over next decade

      The government’s substantial infrastructure programme outlined in the National Development Plan is expected to drive demand for steel over the next decade, says Department of Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. He told over 250 delegates to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/South Africa Workshop on Steelmaking Raw Materials, in Cape Town, that he expected steel demand, both upstream and downstream, to grow between 6% and 10% a over the next decade.

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      Comment Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry

    8. Department of Mineral Resources warns against fraudulent requests for procurement of goods

      Explore Polity.org.za (Dec 11 2014)

      Department of Mineral Resources warns against fraudulent requests for procurement of goods

      The Department of Mineral Resources would like to warn members of the public against an organised syndicate (s) scamming unsuspecting members of the public and claiming to act on behalf of the department.

      One of the ways in which the syndicate operates is by requesting quotations for various goods and services from potential service providers, locally and abroad.

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  2. Recent Articles for Social Media in Supply

    1. 5 Essential Tips For Staying Safe Online

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Oct 17 2014)

      5 Essential Tips For Staying Safe Online

      The security of the internet is an on-going concern. Whether you're online for fun, or you're conducting business, there are all manner of pitfalls you may encounter. Issues such as viruses and malware are now widely known about, but these are far from being the only security issues to concern yourself with.

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    2. MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      Explore MarketSqr (Oct 1 2014)

      MarketSqr Supply Community ready to blow you away

      In a world where technology rules, simplicity is key. The easier it is to use a piece of technology, the more it will be used.

      We have been working hard to make MarketSqr easier to use and we are really excited to start sharing this information with you.  We will share more detail in the coming days leading to our upgrade next week. 

      The imminent big change to our site also comes with a fresh new look. No more content pages that redirect and confuse you. We hope to bring you a clean cut website that makes navigation and interaction ...

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      Comment Mentions:   MarketSqr

    3. 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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    4. 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

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