Business & Industry

CPO Priority: Value over Cost

Organizations are facing the fallout from a deep economic crisis, so it is not surprising that cost-cutting initiatives remain among the top priorities of chief procurement officers. While many organizations spent 2010 in survival mode, focusing solely on cost reduction, there is an increasing emphasis on strategic initiatives that can enhance the value delivered by procurement. To drive deeper...

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Selling to the Government: What It Takes to Compete and Win in the World's Largest Market

In Selling to the Government, author and consultant Mark Amtower outlines the many tools and strategies that can be used to tap into the lucrative market of U.S. government procurement and position your business as a competitor in this profitable field. Tap into one of the largest and most elusive markets in the world — the United States government. U.S. government business — from...

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The State of M&As in 2011

More companies are embarking on mergers and acquisitions, hoping to improve business performance and revenues. However, they also face unique challenges in combining multiple operations, particularly today. Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are an important reflection of broader economic conditions worldwide, providing particular insight on firms' confidence about their financial future. Although...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Pirates Took Record Number of Hostages in 2010

Plus: U.S. Economy Accelerates, Consumer Confidence Improves and Durable Goods Demand Falls. U.S. Economy Accelerated in Q4 2010 The United States economy accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce last week. Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose at a 3.2 percent annualized rate, up from a 2.6 percent rate in the third quarter. The growth rate fell...

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Honda Goes Global With Green Purchasing Guidelines

To better reflect the global reach of Honda's purchasing practices, they have revised the Honda Green Purchasing Guidelines, which were originally formulated in 2001 and only applied to Japanese suppliers. The guidelines now apply to all parts and materials suppliers around the world, which will help Honda better track, and continue to reduce, the environmental footprint of their products...

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Light Friday: Outrageous Blunders in Job Interviews

Plus: Wardrobe Advice from the Banking Sector and a Revolutionary Beer Invention. Fashion Tips and Trends from the Banking Sector The major Swiss bank UBS has published a 44-page dress code for employees that includes an impressive range of recommendations for men and women, including underwear comfort. (It's in French.) "Echoing rules applied at Swiss boarding schools, UBS' guidelines go beyond...

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Sustainability Spotlight: InterContinental Hotels Group Wins LEED Pre-certification

Interested in adding a green element to your travels? One of the world's largest hotel chains, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), whose brands include Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, and Staybridge Suites, has won LEED pre-certification status for sustainability initiatives on its existing hotels.  It is the first organization to receive the award for an existing hotels program and...

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New Study Finds Green Packaging in High Demand

A study by The Fredonia Group, Inc., a leading international business research company, has found that the demand for green packaging is projected to increase 3.9% yearly to $41.7 billion in 2014. Green packaging is defined as packaging that comprises recycled content, or reusable or degradable packaging. By 2014, it is estimated that green packaging will consume 58 billion pounds of material....

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State of the Union Highlights: Innovation, Education and Infrastructure

In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama reassured Americans that we can overcome challenges to our economic power and called on the nation to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world." In his second State of the Union address, President Barack Obama focused heavily on key economic challenges while embracing the idea of the U.S. as an exceptional nation...

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