Procurement


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    Walmart hits supplier emissions goal 6 years early

    The retailer’s vendors have already reported enough projects to fulfill Project Gigaton’s target of cutting 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain.  

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    Walmart deepens India sourcing after spending $30B in the country

    The retailer recently hosted a supplier summit in New Delhi to hear pitches that could lead to sales through the retailer or its third-party marketplace.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    Top 10 stories from Supply Chain Dive

    Check out 10 of our biggest stories of 2023 so far, as companies pivot to operating supply chains in a post-pandemic world.

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    TBC’s first chief supply chain officer will help company leverage tech, data

    The automotive tire distributor appointed Chris Stearman to manage its end-to-end operations, including manufacturing, distribution and procurement.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    FTC probes role of wholesalers, purchasing groups in drug shortages

    The agency issued a request for information scrutinizing “the practices of opaque drug middlemen,” Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan said.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    Under Armour inventory ticks closer to normal as freight, supply costs fall

    The sportswear brand — finally — posted a decline in stock levels while executives said it has worked with vendors to lower product costs.

    By Feb. 20, 2024
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    LG Energy Solution, WesCEF expand lithium supply deal

    The partnership will supply the battery maker's North American manufacturing sites and produce more IRA-compliant vehicles.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
  • Facade of the French headquarters of Accenture in Paris, France on November 15, 2023.
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    Accenture to acquire procurement consultancy Insight Sourcing

    The consulting giant sees an opportunity to help private equity firms tackle management of spend, cost and suppliers across their portfolios.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Cocoa supply issues could lead to smaller chocolate bar sizes: expert

    Producers may experiment with new product formulations to avoid recent heavy price hikes on chocolates.

    By Chris Casey • Feb. 15, 2024
  • A rendering of Panasonic's upcoming manufacturing facility in De Soto, Kansas. With green grass, trees, and a building with one car coming out and one going out.
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    Courtesy of SSOE Group.

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    Panasonic, Novonix sign synthetic graphite supply deal

    The deal will help the battery maker as it launches its Kansas factory, which is expected to supply automakers like Tesla and Mazda.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Online retailer Zulily’s inventory is up for sale as it winds down

    After throwing in the towel in December, the struggling e-tailer’s remaining products — $85 million worth — are being liquidated along with warehouse equipment.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    EU passes law to bolster clean energy supply chains

    The European Commission's Net-Zero Industry Act trails similar actions by U.S. legislators to prop up manufacturing.

    By Lamar Johnson • Feb. 12, 2024
  • Boeing to increase supply chain inspections after plane door blowout

    Bolts that should have kept a blown-out door panel in place were removed and not replaced during repairs, a National Transportation Safety Board report found.

    By Sara Samora • Feb. 9, 2024
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    NYC has struggled for years to pay its suppliers on time — and it’s getting worse

    The city was late on registering 77% of its contracts in the first half of its fiscal year, leading to long payment delays and financial issues for contractors. 

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Surging cocoa prices could lead to Valentine’s Day sticker shock

    Supply remains scarce due to heavy rains and the spread of black pod disease in West Africa, according to a recent CoBank report.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
  • Foot Locker COO Elliott Rodgers and Future Insights Network CEO Maria Villablanca speak at Manifest Vegas 2024 on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
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    Foot Locker COO names 4 skills crucial to supply chain leaders

    Global awareness was one skill Elliott Rodgers highlighted during remarks at Manifest Vegas 2024.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
  • Battery packs for the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV on the production line on at GM's Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan.
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    Courtesy of General Motors
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    GM, LG Chem ink $19B cathode material supply deal

    The South Korea-based chemical maker will supply the automaker with enough CAM to power 5 million EVs.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Upcoming Indo-Pacific trade deal adds to US supply chain priorities

    Meant to boost collaboration and resiliency, the agreement's member countries will make their picks for key committees in the coming months.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Dollar General taps AI to optimize produce ordering

    The retailer has partnered with software company Shelf Engine to boost ordering, efficiency and in-stock levels of fresh foods. 

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Hormel Foods names new supply chain executive

    Steve Lykken will take over as group vice president of supply chain, replacing the retiring Mark Coffey.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Plant supplier sues Kroger over stolen, mishandled inventory

    Theut’s Flower Barn alleges the grocer caused $5 million in missing goods.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Manufacturing ‘ready to start running again’ with demand up: PMI

    The industry is at the beginning of a possible growth cycle, but manufacturers are likely to be slow to start hiring again, economists say.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Image included in Careismatic bankruptcy document. 

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    Supply chain woes contribute to medical apparel supplier’s bankruptcy

    Careismatic said that delays, high costs, rising competition and fast-falling demand after pandemic-driven highs created a liquidity crunch.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    From geopolitics to inflation: 2024’s supply chain trends and risks

    Companies are adjusting their strategies at every step of the supply chain to position themselves for success in the year ahead.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    Kroger sets new produce supplier goal

    The grocer is requiring its fresh produce suppliers to use Integrated Pest Management practices by the end of the decade to help create a more sustainable supply chain.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Jan. 30, 2024
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    General Dynamics’ aircraft production disrupted by Israel-Hamas war

    The company expects to deliver fewer Gulfstream G280 jets due to the conflict’s impact on an Israel-based supplier.

    By Jan. 30, 2024