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New ISO Standards For Print Colors

New ISO standards have been released to help ensure color consistency in packaging. The International Organization for Standardization standards are 20654 (SCTV, standing for Spot Color Tone Value) and 20616 (PQX, for Print Quality…

Dell Joins Drive Against Marine Plastic Trash

Dell and an environmental group have joined with a number of other large companies to reduce the amount of plastic in the supply chain that can end up in the world's oceans. Other companies initially joining in the initiative, which is…

ISM: Economic Growth To Continue In 2018

Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2018, say the nation's purchasing and supply management executives. That's the finding of the December 2017 Semiannual Economic Forecast by the Institute for Supply Chain Management…

ISM’s Non-Manufacturing Index at 57.4% in November

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 95th consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. The report was issued by…

Chemical Activity Barometer Continues Gains

The Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council, notched another solid increase in November over October's reading. The gain was on both a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis…

PMI at 58.2% in November as Manufacturing Stayed Strong

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, and the overall economy grew for the 102nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was…

What Do You Do With 675,000 Pounds of Old Seat Covers?

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) said it is expanding its 'Repurpose with Purpose' initiative, which recycles hundreds of thousands of pounds of discarded material into useful products with the help of partner organizations. By…

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 3.3% in October

The American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 3.3% in October, following a 1.9% decline during September. In October, the seasonally adjusted index was at 147.6 (with the year 2000=100), up from 142.9 in…

Global Supply Chain Risk Falls for 3rd Straight Quarter

Political uncertainty and natural disasters across the world failed to increase global supply chain risk in the third quarter, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Risk Index. The CIPS Risk Index fell…

General Mills Joins Fight Against Deforestation

General Mills announced that it is joining other companies in an agreement to end deforestation. The joint Frameworks for Action, led by the World Cocoa Foundation, was announced at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn,…

National Standards for Supplier Audits Proposed

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) announced that it is in the final stages of completing a comprehensive set of standards for the auditing and inspection of suppliers and manufacturers. The standards will cover…

UL Sets Up On-Demand EHS Education

UL EHS Sustainability, the UL arm that focuses on employee health and safety and related issues, has released a new eLearning website that makes it easier to view and purchase any of UL's workplace health and safety courses. UL is…

ISM: NMI at 60.1% in October, up from September

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in October for the 94th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The NMI registered 60.1%, which…

Auto Cybersecurity Summit May 1-8, 2018

SANS Institute, a provider of information security training, announced that the second annual Automotive Cybersecurity Summit and Training will take place May 1-8, 2018 in Chicago, IL. The Summit was created to foster a culture of…

Program Trains Women to Lead in Energy Industry

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) will present a week-long WBENC Energy Executive Program, focused on increasing the  capabilities of women leaders in the energy, oil and gas industry supply chains. "The WBENC…

Chemical Activity Barometer Up After September Storms

The Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council, showed an increase over September's level. The CAB was up 0.2% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis and 0.7% on an…

Shortage of 50,000 Truck Drivers This Year

The trucking industry could be short 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017, according a report by American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello. "In addition to the sheer lack of drivers, fleets are also suffering from a lack…

New Breed of Procurement Professionals

In a workforce being transformed by the rise of the gig economy and the restructuring of industries, how do young procurement professionals see their path to move up the career ladder? A global survey by Procurious.com, an online…