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Category: Procurement Articles

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Are Wastewater Treatment Prices On The Rise Following The Election?

Are Wastewater Treatment Prices On The Rise Following The Election?

As originally published in Water Online Over the course of the 2016 presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump has presented to the American public his energy and economic plans, which are geared toward establishing energy sovereignty and increasing the pace of job creation in the nation. In his push for energy independence, Trump has suggested lifting […]

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Indirect Influence: Drive your Marketing Spend with Procurement

Indirect Influence: Drive your Marketing Spend with Procurement

Author of Confessions of a Professional Buyer, the Secrets about Selling and Purchasing Services Historically, procurement’s main focus has been on reducing raw material and component prices. And given the high volume of components associated with manufacturing production, the impact of price reductions has been known to directly influence companies’ bottom lines. In this context, […]

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Steel Costs Predicted to Rise After Hitting Record Low

Steel Costs Predicted to Rise After Hitting Record Low

As originally published in Construction Executive’s Managing Your Business In March, the price of steel in the United States hit record lows, bottoming out after several years of volatile declines. In fact, during the past three years alone, IBISWorld estimates the price of steel has dropped at an annualized rate of 7.1 percent. Declining steel […]

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Blowback From Flowback: Push For Groundwater Alternatives

Blowback From Flowback: Push For Groundwater Alternatives

As originally published in Water Online About 50 percent of the nation’s residents source their fresh water supply from groundwater wells, which have deteriorated throughout the U.S. over the past decade. For shallow wells, severe drought conditions have gradually depleted groundwater levels. However, for medium and deep wells, water levels have plummeted much more as […]

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The Tightening Labor Market

The Tightening Labor Market

As originally published in ISM’s Inside Supply Management Despite benefiting from an overall expanding economy, some U.S. businesses are facing a growing labor shortage. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were only 1.4 unemployed individuals per job opening in June. This figure is down from the 1.6 unemployed persons […]

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Highlighting the Value of the Procurement Department

Highlighting the Value of the Procurement Department

Owner and Editor of Buyers Meeting Point Professional procurement teams have struggled for years to demonstrate the total value of the function. Most people in an organization automatically associate procurement with savings, and while this continues to be a very high priority, savings does not begin to capture the full impact procurement can have on […]

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Procurement and Intelligence

Procurement and Intelligence

Author and Founder of Cottrill Research LLC Procurement, in its continuous effort to be transformative and achieve higher levels of strategic value, understands that it is essential to systematically integrate intelligence into its many functions. The term intelligence often gets bantered about in best practices literature, but what exactly is meant when it is used, […]

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Up Your Energy Efficiency And Save Money In The Process

Up Your Energy Efficiency And Save Money In The Process

As originally published in Water Online With electricity prices climbing each year and eating up a greater share of companies’ operating expenses, energy efficiency is rightly becoming a top priority for many municipalities and businesses. According to the U.S. EPA, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants account for about 30 to 40 percent of many municipal […]

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Getting The Lead Out

Getting The Lead Out

As originally published in Water Online The Flint water crisis was a wake-up call for government authorities, municipalities, and private entities to recognize the need to upgrade the outdated water supply systems across the nation. In April 2014, the city of Flint, MI, switched its drinking water source from Detroit’s system to the Flint River. The […]

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Grim Outlook for Oil and Gas Markets

Grim Outlook for Oil and Gas Markets

As originally published in ISM’s Inside Supply Management According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude oil production jumped 26.5 percent from 2013 to 2015. This significant increase in production primarily resulted from technological advancements. Namely, hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling services have helped boost the rate at which oil and gas can be extracted, flooding […]