Procurement


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    Party City lowers 2022 earnings outlook in face of rising supply chain costs

    A move to ship Halloween inventory earlier, combined with the rising price of helium, led to an expensive quarter for the retailer.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Nissan: Chip shortages hurt production more than expected

    The auto manufacturer is pursuing a dual sourcing strategy in response to chip shortages and COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    Trendline

    Inventory Management

    See how various companies have adjusted their inventories throughout several economic bullwhips.

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    UNFI to add indoor farms at select distribution centers

    The initiative is part of the food distributors' efforts to add efficiencies and foster closer relationships with suppliers. 

    By Peyton Bigora • Nov. 16, 2022
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    Raytheon supply chain disrupted by labor constraints at small suppliers

    The defense contractor is entering into long-term agreements and working collaboratively with vendors to drive up productivity and efficiency.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    The next frontier in e-commerce packaging: reusable bags and boxes

    Online ordering spiked during the pandemic — and so did the waste it creates. As Cyber Monday approaches, startups are developing an alternative.

    By Lela Nargi • Nov. 16, 2022
  • U.S. President Joe Biden stands on stage and speaks into a microphone at COP27 with the blue and white event logo and location on the screen behind him.
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    Biden proposes new sustainability rules for federal suppliers

    Companies with more than $7.5 million in federal contracts would be required to disclose emissions.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Party City taps new COO to optimize supply chain

    The leadership change comes as the party goods retailer targets $30 million in cost cuts.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
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    Microsoft unveils ‘Supply Chain Center’ with Kraft Heinz, Daimler among customers

    The tech company is integrating its supply chain offerings into a single package that helps connect ERPs and other supply chain solutions.

    By , Nov. 14, 2022
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    Stanley Black & Decker cuts nearly 50,000 SKUs as part of transformation plan

    The move comes as the company retools its sourcing strategy to help generate $1.5 billion in savings over the next three years.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
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    Thanksgiving turkeys will cost 23% more this year: Wells Fargo

    Drought and an avian influenza outbreak tightened supply ahead of the holidays.

    By Chris Casey • Nov. 10, 2022
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    Battery manufacturing to slow despite Inflation Reduction Act boost

    Despite significant investments in building mines, refineries and factories, analysts expect a three-year delay due to material shortages. 

    By Stephen Singer • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Sponsored by Skill Dynamics

    Breaking the skill-loss cycle in supply chain and procurement

    To maintain supply resilience and continuity, SC&P professionals must be proactive in identifying and preparing for potential disruptions.

    Nov. 7, 2022
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    4 reasons to team up with your suppliers on innovation

    Inventory glut has many businesses turning their attention to innovation. Partnering with vendors can make the process easier.

    By Praveen Kumar Soni • Nov. 3, 2022
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    P&G to offset rising costs with price increases, productivity initiatives

    The actions come as the CPG prepares to unveil a new procurement and operations plan, dubbed Supply Chain 3.0, later this month.

    By Nov. 2, 2022
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    Mondelēz commits additional $600M to cocoa sustainability

    Dirk Van de Put, the snack giant’s CEO, said additional collaboration is needed to have a greater impact on the popular crop and its growers.

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 2, 2022
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    Fresh Del Monte’s vegetable business invests $2.5M in snap pea sorting

    Mann Packing is also expanding its sourcing horizons as it’s set to receive an influx of resources following integration with the produce giant. 

    By Oct. 31, 2022
  • Lithium Mine Processing Plant, Western Australia. Mechanical processing is used to refine lithium spodumene concentrate.
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    Deep Dive

    How the US plans to transform its lithium supply chain

    With just 3.6% of global reserves, access to the critical mineral is vital to the country’s sustainable energy plans.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
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    Kaiser Aluminum reports $24M in higher costs from magnesium, molten metal shortages

    The aluminum maker is diversifying its supply base after raw material constraints lowered production levels at its Indiana rolling mill.

    By Oct. 27, 2022
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    How PepsiCo is convincing its farmers to embrace regenerative agriculture

    The food and beverage giant is hoping practices like cover cropping can help it meet its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2040.

    By Chris Casey • Oct. 27, 2022
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    Ingredion partners with HowGood to measure ingredient sustainability

    A scorecard for each item measuring aspects including emissions, water usage and labor risk will be available by the end of 2022.

    By Christopher Doering • Oct. 26, 2022
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    Whirlpool slashes production by 35% as demand falls

    Manufacturing levels have dropped to levels not seen since COVID-19 shut down facilities in 2020.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Apple calls on suppliers to decarbonize operations by 2030

    Major suppliers, including chip vendor TSMC, have pledged to power 100% of production for the tech giant with renewables.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Major brands call for access to 800K metric tons of chemically recycled plastic by 2030

    Members of the Consumer Goods Forum, such as PepsiCo and Unilever, say better chemical recycling infrastructure will help them meet ambitious packaging goals.

    By Megan Quinn • Oct. 25, 2022
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    5 Walmart suppliers team up on renewable energy buy

    Levi Strauss, J.M. Smucker and three others completed the first aggregated purchase power agreement under the retailer’s Project Gigaton, which encourages vendors to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. 

    By Oct. 24, 2022
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    GE shores up contrast supply through deal with Chile miner

    The multiyear agreement, coupled with a manufacturing line in Ireland, will help the medtech company prevent disruptions.

    By Elise Reuter • Oct. 24, 2022