Procurement


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    Motorola pays premium on secondary markets for semiconductors

    By procuring chips from the secondary market and airfreighting them, Motorola received some parts sooner than expected, its CEO said.

    By May 19, 2022
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    World wheat stocks expected to drop to 6-year low

    Production has been hampered by drought and flooding in the United States, a brutal heat wave in India and the war in Ukraine.

    By Samantha Oller • May 19, 2022
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    The Supply Chain Dive Outlook on 2022

    While supply chain woes aren't expected to disappear in 2022, this year could mark a turning point.

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    Clorox sheds suppliers as COVID-19 inches toward 'endemic phase'

    With service levels improving, the cleaning products company is now focused on cutting costs.

    By May 19, 2022
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    Crop diversity, resiliency needed to prevent next global food crisis: report

    An overreliance on staple crops is partly responsible for huge price spikes following the Ukraine invasion, according to IPES-Food.

    By Samantha Oller • May 17, 2022
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    Rising fats and oil prices have Colgate-Palmolive looking to mitigate costs

    The costs of fats and oils have doubled since 2020, and will continue to rise according to executives.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Diversified sourcing helps Levi's avoid disruption from China lockdowns

    Less than 1% of the apparel maker's products come from China, after a yearslong strategy to diversify its supply.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Tootsie Roll could pause production lines due to delayed supplier deliveries

    Ingredients and packaging suppliers have failed to meet promised delivery dates due to rail and truck constraints, the candy manufacturer said.

    By May 11, 2022
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    With chip supply tight, trade group says White House should prioritize medtech

    Medical device companies are competing with consumer electronic companies, automakers and other businesses for limited stocks, AdvaMed says.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • May 10, 2022
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    Ballooning spot rates deflate Party City's helium business

    Even after diversifying its sourcing, the retailer expects to pay higher helium prices to meet graduation season demand.

    By Ben Unglesbee • May 9, 2022
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    Maersk aims for net-zero steel in ships

    The ocean carrier is the first shipping company to join SteelZero, a global initiative to expedite decarbonization in the steel industry.

    By May 5, 2022
  • Tempur Sealy diversifies sourcing to mitigate risk from China lockdowns

    The mattress company also shored up its inventory in order to keep delivery times in line with retailers' expectations.

    By May 5, 2022
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    Supply chain constraints could limit electric vehicle adoption, Elon Musk says

    The soaring price of lithium, a battery feedstock, led the Tesla CEO to urge entrepreneurs to enter the lithium business on an April earnings call.

    By Kavya Balaraman • May 3, 2022
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    Sherwin-Williams deploys private fleet to ease supplier transportation snarls

    The paint maker is also prioritizing certain products and formulations "to make the most of the raw materials that are available to us," said CEO John Morikis.

    By May 3, 2022
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    Indonesia's palm oil export ban takes effect as supply pressures mount

    The world's largest supplier of the popular ingredient widened its restrictions at a time when alternative sources and substitutes face their own challenges.

    By Samantha Oller • April 28, 2022
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    5 ways to manage suppliers during disruption

    Contract clauses and long-term deals are some ways large organizations can deepen vendor relationships and ensure supply. 

    By Praveen Kumar Soni • April 28, 2022
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    McCormick's diverse supplier network helps shield it from Ukraine impacts

    No single raw material makes up more than 5% of the company's total cost of goods sold, according to CFO Mike Smith.

    By April 28, 2022
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    Indonesia to end palm oil export ban

    The country will resume exports May 23. Prices should see "downward pressure," one analyst said.

    By Samantha Oller • Updated May 20, 2022
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    Furniture retailers forge new supply chain practices as backlogs, delays prevail

    Improved inventory management is just one practice — executives are also looking at new sourcing destinations to mitigate risk.

    By Ben Unglesbee • April 25, 2022
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    How digital procurement with Amazon Business cultivates more sustainable supply chains

    Customers care about the sustainability commitment of the brands they choose to do business with.

    April 25, 2022
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    6 sourcing strategies for reshoring and nearshoring

    Companies looking to gain greater control and minimize disruptions are turning to domestic supply chains. Here's what to consider first.

    By April 21, 2022
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    General Mills reformulates products to combat ingredients shortages

    Materials including starch and packaging were "particularly challenging" to find, an executive said.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Meijer to host supplier summit on sustainability

    The Midwestern retail chain said a recent survey found top customer priorities include sustainable sourcing and more sustainable brand options.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • April 20, 2022
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    'Broad-based price increases' trigger construction inflation alert

    Price surges in diesel and other materials are being felt from the basements of skyscrapers all the way up to their highest floors.

    By Joe Bousquin • April 19, 2022
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    'One thing after another': More disruption looms over semiconductor market

    Adequate coolant, neon and argon supply are the next concerns for chip production, experts said.

    By April 14, 2022
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    With Shanghai at a standstill, supply chain problems are compounding

    Concerns are rising that Shanghai's lockdown is only the beginning of months-long challenges. 

    By April 12, 2022