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Weeding out exploitation
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No multinational in the world seeks out suppliers who will exploit workers. Yet poor working conditions are common in factories and on farms that supply large organizations in virtually all industries in Europe and the U.S. Good purchasing and procurement decisions are essential to avoid these illegal, unethical and unsustainable practices. Significant positive change can result from even small actions. More

Next Generation Reporting with IQNdex
For executives, politicians and economists, the granularity of IQNdex based on the level of homework IQNavigator has done to rationalize rates with specific skill-sets and geographies will prove a useful leading indicator of economic growth and declines across the US. The biggest benefit will be for services procurement and HR practitioners, looking to make more informed contingent hiring decisions based on actual bill rates for specific job skills. more


US law demands disclosure on conflict minerals
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In 2010, the U.S. government introduced the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, primarily as a reaction to the financial crisis. While much of the act deals with the regulation of the financial sector, buried in the "miscellaneous provisions" section is a requirement that demands action from buyers. Companies that report to the Securities and Exchange Commission will soon have to disclose if they use conflict minerals in their products. More

Using visibility to target supply chain inefficiencies
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Supply chain visibility is no longer just about having a ready answer when customers ask, "Where is my stuff?" That problem has been conquered and companies now are using visibility solutions to identify hidden pockets of inefficiency in the supply chain, says Steve Hensley, president of Blue Sky Technologies. More

EDI and ROI don't always mix
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In an economy that requires every decision to be economically justified, every business process, application and change to organizational function is subject to a return-on-investment evaluation. But is there an ROI calculation for electronic data interchange, or is ROI simply a matter of keeping or gaining a customer? For suppliers, a decision to participate in EDI with a customer often comes down to asking whether you want to do business with that particular customer. More

A Better Forecast Ahead

A top industry analyst firm recently reported that organizations good at demand forecasting average 15% less inventory, 17% higher perfect order fulfillment and 35% shorter cash-to-cash cycle times than their peers, while experiencing one tenth as many stock-outs. Learn how today, download,
Seven Methods That Improve Forecast Accuracy.”


Cameroon's cocoa production rises 20 percent in 2010-2011
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Cocoa production in Cameroon, Africa's fourth-biggest grower of the chocolate ingredient, rose 20 percent during the 2010-2011 season, according to the Cocoa and Coffee Board. The central African nation produced 236,690 metric tons during the harvest that started in August 2010 and ended in July. More

China and India at high economic risk from natural disasters
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The potential impact of natural disasters in the emerging economies of India and China is intensified by a lack of preparedness, a report says. The Natural Hazard Risk Atlas 2011 says that while the U.S. and Japan face the highest economic exposure to natural hazards, businesses in emerging economies are more at risk because these nations lack the capacity to cope with the effects of a major disaster. More



Fewer boxes lost at sea than thought
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The number of containers lost at sea is a lot lower than past estimates, according to new research. The World Shipping Council found that, on average, 675 containers are lost at sea each year. Of this number, 325 are lost in catastrophes, which the WSC defines as a loss overboard of 50 or more containers in a single incident. Past estimates suggested that around 10,000 containers were lost at sea each year. More

US Department of Agriculture cuts crop forecast
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In its monthly crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has slashed its yield projection for this year's autumn harvest, which will fail to bring down high prices and restock global supplies. The Department of Agriculture made its renewed forecasts on the back of a heat wave in the southern states of the U.S. More
 
 
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