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Factory growth slows in July, casts shadow on economy
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Manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in two years in July as new orders contracted, a troubling development for the faltering economy. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity fell to 50.9, the lowest level since July 2009, from 55.3 in June. Economists had expected a reading of 54.9. More

American Airlines just made the biggest plane purchase of all time: Here's what you need to know
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American Airlines announced it plans to purchase 460 "narrowbody" jets, splitting the order between Boeing and Airbus. A deal that could total more than $16.2 billion, it's the largest aircraft order in aviation history. The deal has been closely watched to see if American would shift away from its Boeing-only strategy and welcome Airbus back into its fleet for the first time since 1987. More

EADS says suppliers are bottleneck in Airbus ramp-up
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European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. CEO Louis Gallois said suppliers are the "main bottleneck" toward lifting production, as its Airbus SAS unit pulls in record orders for single-aisle jets. Gallois cautioned that suppliers may strain Airbus' ability to meet demand, as the aircraft manufacturer becomes an increasingly dominant part of the company's portfolio. "The question is the capacity of the supply chain," Gallois said. More

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Building a different kind of team
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A simple truth that's become more apparent as procurement has developed beyond a simple cost-saving mandate is that category management as a basic structure has limitations. For a procurement function looking to deliver strategic value to business partners, there's a series of potential skills gaps in any organization and there are those that think it's time to address that. More

Survey uncovers major procurement skills gap
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Some 76 percent of chief procurement officers worldwide feel the skills of their purchasing staff either "need improvement" or display a "significant gap," according to research from Ardent Partners. The report said there was a "picture of a very middle-of-the-road set of skills residing within the typical procurement department." It added: "For the average department, opportunities for improvement abound." More

Can you be sure your packaging isn't toxic?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a fresh produce company was informed that the ink on its plastic bags contained lead well above the limit set by state laws, it turned away 15 container loads of packaging being sent from overseas and sought out a new supplier. The testing was done by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse, and was confirmed by the produce company. This kind of finding means that even if you're doing your due diligence, you could still end up on the wrong side of regulations. More

Capturing the potential of education
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Whether they want to get back to the basics, increase their firms' global presence or more tightly intertwine their companies' end-to-end supply chain, today's supply chain professionals are turning to universities, professionals associations and consulting firms for the education required to achieve those goals. Education providers are answering the call, combining new course offerings with convenient delivery methods to reach all corners of the supply chain profession. More

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Color-changing metals could improve safety in food supply chain
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A team of researchers in Canada has found that color-changing metals could improve safety in the food supply chain by warning if harmful gases are present. The team found that certain modified metals change color in the presence of gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon monoxide. The discovery could lead to the creation of a new early warning system, which could alert manufacturers, distributors or retailers to the presence of potentially harmful gases. More

Air cargo: EU set to charge US airlines for carbon tax
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An edict from the European Union focused on emissions reduction is drawing the ire of the United States Congress and the air cargo industry. Under its so-called Emissions Trading Scheme, the EU is calling all airlines to pay taxes to the EU as part of a cap and trade for carbon allowances in an effort to reduce air emissions created as a result of their flights in EU airspace. More

Supply chain players helping HTC seek solutions to bypass patent issues
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Heavyweights in HTC's supply chain have been helping the company develop workarounds to the technologies currently under dispute in HTC's patent fight with Apple. According to a DigiTimes report, those suppliers include sources for components, software and firmware; in other words, just about everything you'd need to build a phone. HTC then is trying to guarantee their ability to bring their 2012 phones to market no matter the outcome of current litigation. More

Fiat doubles supplier audits
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Car manufacturer Fiat has more than doubled the number of supplier audits it has carried out. It assessed 65 suppliers in 2010, compared with 26 the year before, according to its 2010 sustainability report. The Italian manufacturer commissioned an external company to evaluate suppliers' ethical and sustainability policies for the first time in 2010. More
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