Procurement


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    Whole Foods broadens meat supply standards

    The grocer raised the number of approved certifications, saying it should give suppliers greater flexibility to meet quality standards.

    By Peyton Bigora • June 17, 2024
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    Gap Inc. supplier summit returns after pandemic pause

    Top vendors got to learn about the retailer's priorities at a meeting in San Francisco last month.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Procurement

    Can relationships between buyers and suppliers evolve fast enough to keep up with the speed of ever-changing supply chain risks?

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
  • Diversifying country of origin is key for vanilla, suppliers say

    While the flavoring's supply constraints are not expected to last long, growers warn of a potential cost problem.

    By Jennifer Lawinski • June 14, 2024
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    McDonald’s names next chief supply chain officer for North America

    Cesar Piña, a 10-year veteran of the company, will succeed Bob Stewart and focus on supply chain resiliency and sustainability.

    By June 13, 2024
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    Chip suppliers feel the crunch as automakers reassess EV plans

    Slowing electric vehicle sales in recent months have dampened semiconductor orders and left inventory backlogs growing.

    By June 10, 2024
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    Alaska Airlines names new VP of strategic sourcing and supply chain

    Justin Neff will build sourcing and aircraft management best practices, engine acquisitions and maintenance support agreements.

    By June 7, 2024
  • Huy Fong Food sriracha bottles on a shelf
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    Sriracha shortage: Supply chain woes strike Huy Fong Foods again

    The popular hot-sauce maker has notified wholesalers of a production halt that will last for months, citing issues with the chile crop this year.

    By Alexandra Frost • June 7, 2024
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    Cost cutting is procurement execs’ top 2024 priority: Hackett

    With interest rates still high and global elections creating economic uncertainty, many companies are being conservative about spending.

    By S.L. Fuller • June 6, 2024
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    Ineffective leadership poses biggest people risk to organizations today, HR pros say

    Inadequate succession planning and poor use of worker skills are among concerns worsened by poor management, according to a report from Mercer and Marsh.

    By Carolyn Crist • June 5, 2024
  • Two workers in hardhats and high-vis vests install a solar panel on a roof.
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    Solar industry at odds as ITC nears ruling on First Solar tariff petition

    The petitioners say current Chinese export practices pose a threat to U.S. businesses, while others say the trade case itself is a threat.

    By Diana DiGangi • June 4, 2024
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    Walmart opens access to off-site customer journey insights for suppliers

    Digital Landscapes enables users to analyze engagement trends and track traffic sources to better evaluate strategies.

    By Chris Kelly • June 4, 2024
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    High interest rates are stalling manufacturing growth: May PMI

    With the Federal Reserve unlikely to cut rates this summer, manufacturers aren't keen to invest in new orders or capacity.

    By June 3, 2024
  • The logo of German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer stands over Bayer corporate offices on September 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
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    Scope 3 emissions reporting is a ‘when,’ not an ‘if’ for companies: Bayer, Zycus execs

    ESG experts from the pharmaceutical company and procurement software provider made the case for reporting on scope 3 emissions early during a panel discussion.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • June 3, 2024
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    WD-40 carries out first sustainability assessment among Tier 1 suppliers

    The chemicals company worked with a third-party partner to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and more in its supply chain.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Dunkin’ supply chain vendor names procurement chief

    Harry Sinclair will focus on sourcing strategies and supply chain infrastructure for Dunkin' franchises.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 30, 2024
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    Post Holdings says bird flu hit nearly 14% of egg supply

    The outbreak is another setback for Post-owned Michael Foods, a major supplier for restaurants and food service providers.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Cotton traced to Xinjiang, China, present in over 800 products: report

    About a third of positive-tested items had fibers solely from the banned region, despite U.S. regulations over forced labor concerns.

    By Lauren Schenkman • May 28, 2024
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    BMW imported cars to the US using parts from banned supplier: Senate report

    The automaker shipped at least 8,000 Mini Coopers that used components from a company based in China's Xinjiang region.

    By May 23, 2024
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    Careismatic Brands to close Dallas distribution centers, lay off 400 employees

    The scrubs maker's closures follow bankruptcy and years of supply chain woes.

    By May 21, 2024
  • Lithium-rich brine dries in an evaporation pond next to mounds of salt bi-product at a lithium mine in the Atacama Desert on August 24, 2022 in Salar de Atacama, Chile.
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    A critical mineral inventory glut masks long-term supply constraints

    An International Energy Agency report urges producers to diversify supply chains and up investments to avoid future lithium shortfalls.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Shein factory employees work 75-hour weeks for low wages: report

    The fast fashion giant responded to the allegations by saying the report doesn't convey "the reality" of the organization.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 17, 2024
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    DHL Supply Chain names new CEO of North America

    Patrick Kelleher currently serves as global chief development officer, with his new role starting in July.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Q&A

    Regulations could improve ESG in fashion, but Worldly exec says it’s not enough

    James Schaffer said recent mandates that require companies to disclose financial and environmental risks are a bellwether of the industry’s future.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 16, 2024
  • Protesters hold up signs with messages proclaiming "Tariffs are taxes" and "We don't want tariffs" in front of the U.S. Capitol
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    Industry leaders react to tariff hikes on China-made goods

    Industry member associations expressed disappointment on Biden’s decision to expand Section 301 tariffs.

    By May 16, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Chipotle leverages RFID technology, increases overall visibility

    Executive Carlos Londono spoke to Supply Chain Dive about the company’s operations and its efforts to bring the technology to its 3,500 restaurants.

    By May 14, 2024