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The Carbon Benefits of Recycled Materials

The benefits of avoiding extraction and primary processing are usually significant, even when collection, transport and reprocessing of recycled material is taken into account. An increasing range of recycled products are coming onto the market, such as glass, steel, aluminium,

7 key factors for US reshoring

After making the case for reshoring in a previous article, PwC identified 7 key factors influencing potential US manufacturing resurgence. Obviously, labor cost is one of those factors but not the only one. “Industrial manufacturers may increasingly rethink their U.S.

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

Rack Up Savings

Stan Hankowski, a seasoned Buyer with a major American retailer tells an intriguing story that shows how Purchasers can help themselves by helping their suppliers. He went to market last year to buy steel racking. He expected higher prices because he’d

LAND THE PURCHASING JOB YOU WANT

ProPurchaser INSIGHT:  Stand out from the crowd by showing a prospective employer you are capable of saving money the first day you’re hired.  |   The competition for good jobs today is unprecedented. Certainly not news. Most of us have

WHEAT FUTURES PLUNGE TO NEW 10-YEAR LOWS

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Wheat prices at 10-year lows are exerting downward pricing pressure on bakery products and animal feed.   Wheat futures plunged to fresh ten-year lows, on heavy world supplies and the stronger dollar. “We continue to see a large

ARE ZINC PRICES SOARING?

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Upwards pressure on Zinc makes it difficult for galvanized steel buyers   |   08.13.16 – Pacific Northwest – Caught between an updraft by dwindling supply and the gravity of slwoing growth in global deman, zinc prices seem to

WHY DID NATURAL GAS PRICES FALL TO TWO-MONTH LOWS?

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Why Natural Gas prices remain so low and are likely to remain so   |   08.12.16 – Natural gas prices  – Natural gas futures contracts for September delivery fell by 0.4% and settled at $2.55 per MMBtu (million

U.S. OIL PRICES ENTER BEAR MARKET

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: $40 Crude brings opportunity to negotiate lower prices for a wide variety of products   |   08.12.16 – Crude settles at $40.06 a barrel, down from early June – Oil prices entered a bear market, briefly dipping below

THE MULTIPLIER EFFECT

If you want to really use your buying power to make an environmental difference, make sure that any “green” criteria for vendor selection are widely publicized so that your suppliers’ competitors hear about them too. In this way, encouraging a