Unlocking the Brazilian Cassava Market’s True Potential

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Grown in Brazil, Cassava is a food staple due to its reliability to produce tubers. (Similar to a root, tubers help the parent plant by keeping food available for the future. The plant uses this stored energy to get through tough times or to support new shoots, thereby ensuring that the species survives even if […]


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Landscaping Industry Challenges and the Impact on Businesses

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In real estate, they call it curb appeal. A bad first impression can deter a potential buyer before even entering the home. It’s no different on the commercial side.   Landscaping is one of the key categories in facilities management. A great landscaping provider makes a key difference for large firms with a pleasing first […]


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Toyota’s Lessons in Disaster Management: ‘How Quickly Can We Recover?’

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Learning the Hard Way in Times of Trouble   Toyota relies on its Just-in-Time inventory system to reduce storage costs and maintain quality control of its parts. It’s an efficient system that, in normal times, works well. But we are not in normal times.   Sadly, the most recent series of earthquakes in Japan again […]


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Global PC Shipments Declined 9.6 Percent in Q1 2016, Lowest Ever Quarterly Sales in the Last Decade

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Worldwide PC shipments totalled 64.8 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 9.6 per cent year-on-year decline from the first quarter of 2015. This is the sixth consecutive quarter where PC shipments have witnessed a decline, and the very first time since 2007 when shipments have fallen below 65 million units.   The […]


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DEAL IS OFF: PFIZER’S ALLERGAN TAKEOVER HALTED BY U.S. TAX LAW CHANGE

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Allergan’s pending takeover by pharma giant, Pfizer has been in the news for a while as it would have been the biggest takeover—$160 billion—in the industry. Interestingly, the Obama administration was not enthusiastic about the deal that would kill a huge tax revenue from the new entity. The tax law change by the U.S. government […]


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DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES RAPIDLY CHANGING HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE, PROCUREMENT TO PLAY CRITICAL ROLE

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Today, technology has introduced disruptive changes to the way healthcare is managed. Several pharma companies, healthcare systems, and IT giants have invested in technologies to be way ahead of the curve. In this case, what should be the core focus for procurement organizations?   While technology has revolutionized the world, procurement organizations worldwide need to be […]


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DEMAND FOR WAREHOUSING TO OUTSTRIP SUPPLY IN THE U.S., E-TAIL AND E-COMMERCE THE KEY DRIVERS

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The rising popularity of online stores and e-commerce platforms, along with a healthy demand from every industry segment has been driving the demand for large warehouses across the U.S.   Over the last four years, the construction of new “big box” warehouses multiplied six-fold and by the end of 2015, it touched a total of 61 million […]


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IRAN NOT TO REDUCE OIL PRODUCTION, PRICES TO REMAIN BEARISH

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In an attempt to stabilize oil prices, Saudi Arabia, the leading oil producer and Russia have agreed to revert their production to January levels if other oil-producing countries follow suit — Iran and Iraq declined participation in this agreement. Besides Saudi Arabia and Russia, Venezuela and Qatar have agreed to reduce production marginally to salvage the […]


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PROCUREMENT ORGANIZATIONS TO WITNESS HIGHER OPERATING BUDGET AND INCREASED STAFFING IN 2016

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As per a recent research report from the Hackett Group, Inc., “Procurement Key Issues,” procurement leaders expect operating budgets and staffing to increase slightly in 2016. The increase is foreseen as an outcome of cost reduction efforts along with simultaneous attempts to be better strategic business partners.   Traditional cost reduction strategies are witnessing a […]


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Moderate Growth Forecast for Packaging Category, New Regulations to Necessitate Innovation and Collaboration

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The plummeting raw material prices  and volatile global economic environment will lead to lower packaging prices in the first two quarters of 2016. This year, the global packaging industry is expected to witness moderate growth led by significant demand from the emerging markets. In addition, with marginal recovery of crude oil prices expected in the second […]


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