Yearly Archives: 2010

Best of Spend Matters: Year-End Predictions (Part 2)

Nine Spend Matters Resolutions for the New Year — I’m sure you’ve been hit over the head far too much already with New Year’s resolutions, on both the personal and professional level. I won’t rant too long on the subject here, but there are a few re…

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Best of Spend Matters: Year-End Predictions (Part 1)

Did Jason’s predictions from last year at this time ring true? Before you hit the champagne, let’s take a look back and see what we called head on, and what we were blindsided by.

Zycus Speaks — Market Observations: 2010 — Before the holidays, I…

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Best Of MetalMiner 2010 – Metals Appreciation

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We ultimately end the year with this post on a delightful category we like to call “Metals Appreciation.” Every now and then, one of us will take a look at a metal…

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Spend Management: Bubbly Cost Savings Tips and More

Hopefully not too many of you will be feeling the consequences of ripping it up tonight over the weekend. Speaking for the Busch / Reisman clan, I can say that we’re planning a more quiet New Year’s eve celebration than most, owing to the new family …

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Best Of MetalMiner 2010 – Aluminum

This metal means way more than just cans and foil, people.
We end the week with a look at aluminum (one metal that will certainly play big in our 2011 coverage), beginning with the piece de…

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Happy New Year: Now, assume the brace position

Best of Spend Matters: Year’s Disasters (Part 2)

Wiping the Volcanic Supply Chain Risk Ash off AT Kearney’s Supply Risk Research (Part 1) — Even though I think Paul Laudicina, AT Kearney’s chairman, is a bit misguided when it comes to politics and economics — his address at ISM’s annual event las…

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Dinosaurs, Meteors and a Fork in the Road Awaits Us in 2011

When I was once again contacted by the Shared Services and Outsourcing Network asking me about my predictions for 2011 I must admit that my thoughts immediately turned to the significant changes in the eProcurement market landscape and how this might influence organizations in terms of their approach regarding the contemplation of outsourcing as a […] More

Best of Spend Matters: Year’s Disasters (Part 1)

Who knew: 2010 was the year of Haitian earthquakes, huge-scale oil spills, and unpronounceable (and therefore more menacing) volcanoes. How did we deal? Check it out below.

BP’s Deepwater Horizon Supply Chain: Supplier Complexity May Be Part of th…

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Backdrop: The Travel Sourcing Opportunity — Skills, Technology and Clout (Part 1)

Let me preface this post by noting that I have absolutely zero experience in travel procurement as a sourcing professional, but fifteen years as an active consumer of it, learning the consultant-tricks-of-the-trade by doing everything from flying pre…

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Best Of MetalMiner 2010 – Copper

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Our own Stuart Burns has the copper market cornered as far as MetalMiner coverage in 2010 has been concerned, and he’s done a stellar job dissecting the fundamentals and trends…

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How Does a Company Save 20.4 Million Miles and Reduce CO2 Emissions by 20,000 Metric Tons in One Year?

The average driver might not worry about sitting in traffic an extra few minutes to make a turn left, but UPS has more than 95,000 vehicles on the roads. According to an article, company leaders at UPS determined sitting in traffic and waiting to make a left turns burns way too much fuel. UPS established a goal of saving money off its annual $200 million fuel bill. In 2001, UPS developed software that maps out routes that have minimal or … More

Best Of MetalMiner 2010 – PGMs

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1. “Green Police, Audi and What Diesel Means for Platinum and Palladium”
(Insert your favorite car sound effect here.)
2. “Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium Price Forecasts…

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Ariba, Stock Run Ups and Equity Research

I continue to be surprised at the run-up in certain tech stocks, driven in part by many analyst reports. This suggest to me that at least some of the so-called experts covering various markets really don’t have much knowledge of the underlying custom…

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News: Shake up in electronics supply chain