Procurement: Page 2

  • Utilities sound alarm over transformer shortage

    Materials, labor and production constraints are beginning to hold back electrification projects and threaten grid reliability, the sector warned.

    By Robert Walton • Jan. 5, 2023
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    Automakers face Senate probe over forced labor in supply chains

    The chamber’s finance committee is questioning major manufacturers following reports of materials linked to the Xinjiang region of China.

    By Jan. 5, 2023
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    Retail Supply Chains

    Rising costs and logistics delays have led retailers to adapt to adversity. A selection of stories shows how.

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    Retailers clear inventory, automate in pursuit of supply chain normalcy

    Ongoing promotional environments and cargo diversions are just a few of 2022’s most notable supply chain trends.

    By Dec. 29, 2022
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    Here are the biggest supply chain stories of 2022

    Fedex’s consolidation strategy and Amazon’s excess labor costs were just a few of the stories that piqued reader’s interests this year.

    By Dec. 27, 2022
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    ‘Tripledemic’ drug shortages: When surging demand meets static capacity

    Parents are straining to find children’s cold and flu medicine as companies also struggle to keep up with demand for amoxicillin.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    CVS, Walgreens cap sales of children’s pain relievers

    The purchasing limits come as respiratory illnesses hit record levels and supplies run short. 

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    A tidal wave of inventory walloped retailers in 2022

    Shortages gave way to excess this year. Here’s how businesses pivoted in the face of declining consumer demand and easing supply chain congestion.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
  • 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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    USTR extends China tariff exclusions another 9 months

    The exemptions on more than 352 products have caused concern among some in Congress who worry about the trade representative picking “winners and losers.”

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    Lockheed Martin expands supplier partnership to advance 3D printing

    The defense contractor is exploring alternatives to traditional manufacturing processes with one of its additive parts vendors. 

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    What’s next for Coupa after $8B sale to private equity

    For years, the procurement and spend software company has invested in expanding its customer base. With growth slowing, it may turn to profitability. 

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    USTR blasts WTO after panel rules against steel, aluminum tariffs

    The trade organization rejected U.S. claims that the duties were necessary for national security reasons. 

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    Los Angeles garment supplier cited for failure to pay workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor said the violation was the latest in a string of abuses at clothing manufacturers in the city.

    By Daphne Howland • Dec. 15, 2022
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    Your merchandise was made in a sweatshop. Now what?

    When it comes to supply chain ethics, retailers may no longer be able to cede responsibility to the brands they sell.

    By Daphne Howland • Dec. 15, 2022
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    Panasonic to supply Lucid with EV batteries

    The tech giant inked a deal with the electric vehicle startup as it works to gain a foothold in the U.S. battery market.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Lovesac makes strides in sourcing outside of China

    The country used to make up most of the furniture maker's production capacity. Now it's around 30%.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    Kahlúa touts full traceability of key coffee ingredient

    The Pernod Ricard-owned liqueur said brands and retailers are facing mounting consumer pressure to provide greater transparency into their supply chains.

    By Christopher Doering • Dec. 12, 2022
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    Kraft Heinz brings in new procurement chief for North America

    Janelle Orozco joins the food giant from Diageo as it revamps its sourcing operations in a time of cost inflation and disruption. 

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    Big Lots makes big SKU cuts

    The retailer is focused on lowering prices for customers by rightsizing its assortment and working closely with suppliers. 

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    Shein to invest $15M in supplier factories

    After a critical documentary looked at labor practices in its supply chain, the fast fashion giant also said it is doubling what it spends on audits.

    By Dec. 8, 2022
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    Raw materials shortages slow Getinge heart support device production

    The medtech company is asking hospitals to share underutilized devices.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Dec. 7, 2022
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    Whole Foods pauses purchasing of Maine lobster

    The grocer is pulling the seafood due to a change in third party verifications and ratings.

    By Peyton Bigora • Dec. 6, 2022
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    Subway, Chick-fil-A alert customers on lettuce crunch

    Dole's COO warned of "complete crop failure in the industry" driven by extreme heat.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    Holiday season won’t save weak prices for recycled mixed paper

    As e-commerce gains fade, exports fall and Amazon’s efforts to reduce packaging continue, experts expect low prices to continue.

    By Megan Quinn • Dec. 1, 2022
  • A red Burlington storefront says "ladies, mens, kids, baby, home, coats," as clouds billow overhead in a bright blue sky.
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    Burlington navigates higher sourcing costs after ‘desirable’ closeout buys

    Product sourcing costs grew 13% from the previous quarter as the off-price retailer took advantage of excess supply.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
  • A new building is being constructed with use of tower crane
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    More shortages and prices hikes forecasted for construction’s supply chain

    Analysts and contractors break down prices and lead times for concrete, cement, steel, lumber, insulation, drywall and HVAC equipment in the coming year.

    By Sebastian Obando • Nov. 30, 2022