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USDA Tests Food Stamps with Online Grocery

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for families in the U.S. who don’t have the resources to buy sufficient groceries. The program is getting an upgrade in 2017 with the introduction of online grocery shopping. Starting in the summer of 2017, some program participants…


Horse Meat Taints Beef Supply Chain in UK Supermarkets

Consumers who buy value-priced burgers in UK supermarkets may get more than beef between their bread according to tests by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Because of the low price of the burgers, the mixture must contain at least 47% real meat, but there are other laws that…


Can Apple Stay on Top in Today’s Competitive Market?

Since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has led the mobile technology market. Apple stocks, however, dropped to the lowest point in 11 months after the company cut supply orders for this quarter. Increased competition is one likely cause of the iPhone 5’s less-than-forecasted demand, but there are several other speculations. The…


Tanzania Continues to Struggle with Corruption in Public Procurement

Government corruption and procurement fraud are concerns for nations around the world, but for some countries, an effective and transparent public procurement system is even more of a challenge. Tanzania’s war against corruption is an ongoing battle that the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and the World Bank have fought for more than 15 years.


The Future of E-Invoicing in Public Procurement

Electronic invoicing is becoming the norm in modern procurement systems. Business-to-business companies, as well as those serving consumers, are already regularly using e-invoices and electronic receipts. Many government agencies, however, are still not making full use of this convenient strategy.


Is iPhone 5 Responsible for Upswing in Air Cargo Demand?

On January 9, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced in a press release that increased demand for air cargo could mean a brighter future for the air freight industry. Air freight volumes seen a 1.6% increase over the previous year in November, 2012. At the same time, the wait time for Apple’s iPhone 5…


How Will 3D Printing Affect Supply Chain?

Globalization, collaborative planning, and new technologies are changing the way companies manage their supply chains this year. Most modern advancements make it easier to develop an effective supply chain strategy, but 3D printing has the potential to completely change the way consumers shop and, more importantly, it could change the way companies do business.