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GREENDEX: Survey of Sustainable Consumption

If your business is expanding into new markets or facing competition in existing ones, can you benefit from enhancing your green credentials to meet consumer preferences? Greening your supply chain could provide a competitive edge in markets where consumers are increasingly

WELCOME CHEAP CHINESE STEEL, DUMP TARRIFS

  PROPURCHASER INSIGHT:  If you’re not happy with today’s Steel prices, you might want to read this article….nothing is simple. Read the full article HERE.   05.22.16 by Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby China produces more than 820 million tons

COPPER PRICES POST STEEP WEEKLY LOSS ON STRONGER GREENBACK

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Falling Copper costs means opportunities to negotiate lower prices for electric motors, wiring, and plumbing components.   05.13.16 – Copper loses 3.7% of its value COMEX Copper futures ended Friday’s session nearly unchanged at $2.074 per lb.,

CONTSTRUCTION MATERIAL PRICES CONTINUE FREE FALL IN FEBRUARY (2016)

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Construction costs are falling – good time to renegotiate un-awarded projects.   03.15.16 – Washington, .D.C Construction input prices fell for the eighth consecutive month during February 2016 according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor

LUMBER PRICES JUMP AS TRUDEAU-OBAMA MEETING FUELS HOPES FOR TRADE PACT

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  With wood prices rising, now is probably a good time to renegotiate pallet and crating contracts.   03.11.16 – Lumber prices touch 8-month high after state visit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised expectations that the latest chapter in

LOWER HRC STEEL PRICES AVAILABLE AS WEAKNESS PERSISTS (U.S.)

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Steel prices are still under pricing pressure.   February 2016 – Pittsburgh US hot-rolled coil prices remained under pressure earlier this month as buyers noted sub-$400/st spot availability from certain mills for larger volume buys. Platts maintained

METAL PRICES TO BOTTOM OUT: MOST ANALYSTS HOPEFUL

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: It might be a good time to lock in prices for metal products.   February 2016 – The price collapse stops here When will base metal prices stop falling?  They have been trending lower for months, even

NUCOR CORP PROJECTS GROWTH IN 2016

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  More signs U.S. steel prices may have bottomed – good time to consider locking in supply. Steel prices have been under considerable pressure from imports Like all U.S. steelmakers, Nucor (NYSE:NUE) has been under pressure from imports, and

SPECIALTY STEEL PRICES HIT 9-YEAR LOW

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  High-strength steel components for construction and other machinery should cost less than before.   Sluggish demand for construction materials TOKYO — Specialty steel prices have fallen to their lowest in nine years due to sluggish demand for

LUMBER PRICES TUMBLE AS CHINESE DEMAND FALLS

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Wooden pallets and crating are ripe for re-negotiation because of lower lumber prices.   01.20.16 – Slowing of housing construction and re-modelling the cause Lumber prices are down nearly 30% in the past 12 months as housing