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Procurement, the Trump Administration & the Road Ahead

Procurement, the Trump Administration & the Road Ahead

On February 28, President Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress for the first time, presenting a broad first-year legislative agenda that focused on a renewal of American jobs, infrastructure, the military, and an America-first approach to issues like immigration and trade. Although details are scant and congressional legislative timelines are still being worked […]

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Cognitive Procurement — What Are the Implications?

Cognitive Procurement — What Are the Implications?

By: Bertrand Maltaverne, Business Consultant at POOL4TOOL & Procurement Blogger After first proving its intelligence by beating humans at various games (Chess in 1996, Jeopardy in 2011, Go in 2016 and again in 2017, and Poker very recently), artificial intelligence (AI) is now “blind to the color of the collar”, be it white or blue. […]

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Calming the Bubble in Deep-Sea Cargo Markets

Calming the Bubble in Deep-Sea Cargo Markets

As originally published in SupplyChainBrain Slow post recessionary recovery has fostered uncertainty in many markets, but few have felt the effects as strongly as deep sea cargo transportation. The market’s emblem—an ancient, laboring ship that is slow to adapt to obstacles in its path—has become an apt metaphor for the market itself. Financial risk, absent demand […]

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After Weak Demand, Global Airfreight Market to Take Off

After Weak Demand, Global Airfreight Market to Take Off

As originally published in SupplyChainBrain International and domestic air cargo transportation services have shown tepid signs of recovery in the years following the recession, with estimated average price growth of only 0.2% and 0.3% each year from 2013 to 2016, respectively. While weak demand growth for shipping services and falling capacity utilization have cut into revenue […]

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Four Industries to Benefit from Increased Spring Break Spending in 2017

After a long winter of late-night study sessions and microwaved meals, millions of US college students are setting aside their textbooks and heading out on spring break adventures. Whether it is a road trip along the West Coast or a beach-side getaway in Miami, more than half of the nation’s 20.9 million college students are […]

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Dodd-Frank Act: Seven Industries to Benefit from Potential Reform

Since the end of the presidential election, many businesses and banks have continually monitored what changes may come in the form of regulation. With a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, it will become increasingly likely that the regulatory direction in which the financial sector moved over the past five years will reverse. The Trump administration […]

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Growing Markets: A Look at Trends in the Landscaping Industry

Growing Markets: A Look at Trends in the Landscaping Industry

As originally published in Properties Magazine Landscape enhancement services are considered one of the most effective ways to boost a facility or structure’s value. Though the chief benefits of landscaping services are primarily financial (e.g. increasing the value of a property, enticing prospective buyers and reducing heating and cooling costs), there are also numerous health, environmental […]

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Client Q&A with Mike Maguire, VP of Strategic Sourcing at Premier, Inc.

Client Q&A with Mike Maguire, VP of Strategic Sourcing at Premier, Inc.

This month, we caught up with Mike Maguire, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at Premier, Inc., to find out what’s going on in his world of procurement. IBISWorld: What challenge(s) do you and your company or department face right now? Mike Maguire: We are working with our members to help them lower their costs on […]

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Panama Canal Catalyst for U.S. Transportation Sector

Panama Canal Catalyst for U.S. Transportation Sector

As originally published in ISM’s Inside Supply Management The expanded Panama Canal was unveiled in June 2016, after nearly a decade of construction and a price tag of at least US$5.3 billion. The expansion, which will usher in a new era of neo-Panamax ships, is expected to be the catalyst for increased investment in transportation-related infrastructure. It […]

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Hoppy Go Lucky: Craft Beer vs. Cider on St. Patrick’s Day

Hoppy Go Lucky: Craft Beer vs. Cider on St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with festivities full of shamrocks, leprechauns, parades and beer. While Guinness, an Irish beer, remains a popular choice on this holiday, consumer tastes have been trending toward artisanal beer with finer ingredients and a wider variety of flavors than traditional beers. Over the past five […]