Procurement


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    Tupperware to idle factories as it works through inventory backlog

    The home products company had stocked up during the first half of the year to prepare for a surge in demand. That surge has yet to come.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    8 industry reactions: How the infrastructure deal could change supply chains

    Biden's signature paves the way for $17 billion in port infrastructure and $25 billion for airports. Here's what trade associations are saying.

    By Nov. 19, 2021
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    Retail Supply Chains

    Retail supply chains have transformed into a complex web of goods movement and technology, with more touchpoints to the consumer than ever before. 

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    Fresh fruit and vegetable supply threatened by rising disruptions

    Producers are confronting higher costs, fertilizer shortages and inconsistent deliveries. In some cases, it's leading to food spoilage.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    Resin buyers struggle with high prices and short supply

    Businesses have stockpiled product, used fewer materials and bolstered internal manufacturing to cope in a tight market.

    By Meena Thiruvengadam • Nov. 18, 2021
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    Starbucks adds suppliers, boosts production to maintain holiday inventory

    The coffee chain is working with suppliers to invest in wages and ensure factories are staffed, COO John Culver said.

    By Nov. 17, 2021
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    Medtechs ask feds to prioritize chips for medical use during semiconductor shortage

    AdvaMed and several device companies have reiterated to the Biden administration how supply chain constraints are causing an "unsustainable" disruption to the industry.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Nov. 17, 2021
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    Now is the time to shockproof supply chains, with a 3-pronged approach

    Congested ports and empty car lots are a loud wake-up call to the shortcomings of just-in-time, the authors write.

    By Kim Doyle and Tim Weed • Nov. 15, 2021
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    Kellogg strike compounds supply chain issues

    The cereal maker also is confronting higher ingredients and packaging costs, CFO Amit Banati said.

    By Chris Casey • Nov. 12, 2021
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    Clorox turns to contract suppliers, manufacturers to bolster inventory

    CFO Kevin Jacobsen said the move is temporary, and the company plans to eventually "step out of these relationships."

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    5 steps to mitigate the risks of sole-source suppliers

    If the pain around pricing, delivery or quality is high enough, a company may need to invest in an alternate sourcing scenario to reduce the risk.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Supply chain constraints, inflation weigh on medtech

    J&J, ResMed and Stryker are among the companies citing one of these factors as constraining growth in the current reporting season.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Nov. 11, 2021
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    Resin shortages are drying up paint supply

    The CEOs of Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries lamented the lasting effects of severe weather during recent earnings calls. "There's just not enough paint out there," said one executive.

    By Nov. 9, 2021
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    Aluminum makers warn power cuts in China could cause magnesium shortages

    Curtailed production of the raw material used in everything from soda cans to automobiles has caused "one of the largest supplies cuts the aluminum industry has ever experienced," one executive said.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
  • McDonald's expects commodity inflation up to 4%

    The world's biggest restaurant chain is also facing difficulties procuring kitchen equipment and delays opening some new restaurants.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Mattel nearshores manufacturing to bypass port bottlenecks during peak

    For imported products, the toymaker locked in ocean freight capacity and rates well in advance of the holiday season.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    US, EU reach agreement to ease steel and aluminum tariffs

    Europe will also lift the 25% retaliatory tariffs that upended global supply chains for companies that make liquor, motorcycles and jeans.

    By Nov. 1, 2021
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    Pricing insanity: Material costs escalate, driving contractor desperation

    Amid unprecedented supply chain challenges, firms locked into contracts based on last year's prices are feeling the heat.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Oct. 28, 2021
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    Semiconductor shortage has Philip Morris shifting sales strategy for its heated-tobacco devices

    The Marlboro maker is ensuring existing users can replace their devices as the company encounters supply issues due to the ongoing chip shortage.

    By Oct. 26, 2021
  • GE diversifies sourcing, adds factory capacity to battle shortages

    The ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage is causing delays, order cancellations and other supply disruptions for medical device companies.

    By Greg Slabodkin • Oct. 26, 2021
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    6 charts show the effects of Vietnam's lockdowns on supply chains

    Brands with high exposure to Vietnam are seeing port delays, canceled orders and slow capacity recovery after months of COVID-19 related restrictions.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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    Supply chain woes hit school foodservice departments

    Lack of truck drivers has some districts picking up their own food deliveries at central locations, such as warehouses to ensure there is food for school lunches. 

    By Anna Merod • Oct. 25, 2021
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    P&G shifts suppliers, product formulas to avoid supply chain issues

    A global supplier base has allowed the maker of Olay and Crest to optimize costs and "overcome short-term challenges," according to CFO Andre Schulten.

    By Oct. 22, 2021
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    Scale, buying power help big companies navigate supply chain disruptions

    Large companies like Domino's, Levi's and Lowe's say their size has helped secure pricing and stay resilient despite other headwinds.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    4 tips to safeguard against corruption and theft in procurement

    It doesn't take much for an unscrupulous supplier to take advantage of a naive planner, logistician or engineer to put companies in jeopardy.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    Food manufacturers see inflation, with organic soybean prices at record high

    Poor growing conditions and rising demand challenge the supply of several food commodities including oats, corn and durum wheat.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Oct. 19, 2021