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Another Apple Supplier Debacle: Supplier Exec Gets Paid To Reveal iPad Secrets

Listen, I know I post a lot about procurement-related problems involving Apple. But don’t get the wrong idea – it’s not that Apple’s procurement is bad, it’s just that when you’re the hottest company out there, a lot of people are gunning for you and the challenges are perhaps greater than they are elsewhere. Don’t miss updates on Procurement &…

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American Airlines & Boeing: Did A Supplier Labor Issue Scare Off A 50 Billion Dollar Order?

Late last month, American Airlines announced what has been called the “largest aircraft order in aviation history.” Interestingly, it did not single source the order – it split the order of 460 aircraft between Airbus (260) and Boeing (200). Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There is debate as to exactly why it split this order…

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The NFL Lockout Negotiations: What Can Procurement Take Away?

The big news in the past 48 hours is that the NFL players have approved the deal negotiated with the owners and that there will be professional football played in the USA this year. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This news obviously excited football fans. But it also excited me as more than just a…

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Explosion in the iPad Supply Chain: Will Lack of Supply Diversification Hurt Apple?

According to an article on Comcast.net, there was an explosion this past Friday at the Chengdu, China factory of Foxconn Technology Group – Apple’s contract manufacturer of the iPad. The blast killed three employees and injured another 15. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Though the Chengdu factory is one of two Chinese plants that manufacture…

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Japan’s Supply Chain Recovery: Interpreting The Estimates

Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! A headline in yesterday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette read “Radiation spread raises new concern: U.S. fearing nuclear reactor emergency is greater than what Japanese officials are portraying.” Sandisk issued a statement saying that their “current assessment is that there has been minimal immediate impact on wafer output due to the earthquake. SanDisk…

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Fraud in the Navy Supply Chain Results In Supplier Exec Sentenced To Jail

According to an article on military.com (hat tip to Jeff Dean, SPSM), the president of a supplier in the US Navy’s supply chain has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. The article says that the offense of the supplier, Bristol Alloys Inc., was supplying a Navy subcontractor with metal that had not been heat-treated to meet contractual requirements for…

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The Litmus Test For Spotting Old-School Government Procurement

As you may have guessed from previous posts, one of my biggest pet peeves is hearing procurement professionals say things like “That doesn’t apply to us” or “We don’t do that here” when discussing procurement best practices. My response is always something like “How could you adapt it to make it work for your situation?” or “It’s not a matter…

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Proactive Ethics vs. Reactive Ethics

In the context of an ethical scandal, I reported yesterday that Pennsylvania Senator Joe Scarnati had his trip to the Super Bowl paid for by a local company, CONSOL Energy. Well, in a quick response to public scrutiny, Senator Scarnati yesterday announced that he would be reimbursing CONSOL for the costs. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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Proof That Government Is NOT A Role Model For Ethical Procurement

When I saw the headline in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that read “Pa. senator’s Super Bowl trip courtesy of Consol,” I thought for sure I’d be reading about an elected government official being unseated over a breach of ethics. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Not so. Despite the fact that “Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati,…

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In Procurement, Integrity Should Be The Price Of Admission

It happens with striking regularity: I come across a news article that reports that someone responsible for procurement at an organization has been caught receiving personal financial benefits from suppliers in exchange for those suppliers being awarded business with the organization. Such was the case today when I read an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that reports that a former…

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