We wish you all a very Merry Christmas 2019 and the hope for Peace on Earth.

December 25th, 2019

All of us at Safesourcing hope you are all able to be home with your families and loved ones for the Christmas Holiday.

If you can indentify these folks below, We hope they grant you and yours all of your wishes.
IMG00094

How SafeSourcing Saved Christmas…

December 24th, 2019

As with most children being more curious this time of year, my 6 year old niece and I were baking cookies last weekend when she said......

 

 

Today’s Christmas Eve post is from our  SafeSourcing, Inc Archives

As with most children being curious, my 7  year old niece and I were baking cookies last weekend when she said, “Aunt Heather, what do you do for a living? Mommy is a nurse and Daddy is a policeman. What do you do?”

Well, I said, thinking quickly of how to explain what a project manager does in the e-procurement world at SafeSourcing, “I help Santa with getting toys for presents and delivering them to all the children around the world.”
She said, “Aunt Heather, you’re silly! Santa has elves that make the presents, and Santa has reindeer help his pull the sleigh to deliver the presents!”

“Oh Alli, I have to tell you a secret, but you have to promise not to tell a soul what I tell you, ok?” She agrees.

Santa needs help lots and lots of help. Yes, his elves make the homemade toys, but toys like Furbies and Barbie’s have to be made somewhere else and delivered to the North Pole to be wrapped.

With big eyes, she says, “ooohhhh. That makes sense. Elves are mostly boys and boys don’t know anything about Barbies!”

So then I tell her, that Santa comes to me with his list of toys and how many he needs, and it is my job to make sure he buys them all much cheaper than what he can buy them for at the store. In fact, it is my job to make sure all the companies that make and sell the toys compete against each other to make sure Santa gets the best price for them.

“Wow!!” she said, you have an important job helping Santa!

I said yes, but that isn’t all I do for Santa. She said really??? I said, yes, I help him deliver the presents too. She said, how???

I said that Santa does use his sleigh and reindeer for most of the night, but the reindeer do get tired. So we help Santa by hiring a charter jet to cross the ocean with the presents and reindeer. Saving him money by having the airlines compete against each other to get lower pricing for Santa. This way the reindeer get to rest and Santa can get to the other side of the world much faster.

Also Santa pre-ships the presents to parts of the world to keep the weight down on the sleigh. So we help him with semi-trucks picking up the presents and taking them to all areas of the globe waiting for Santa to pick them up to deliver them to all the boys and girls. I explain to her that this is called transportation logistics. I told her that, like the people who make and sell toys, we ask the trucking companies to compete against each other lowering their prices for gas (fuel rates was too hard to explain to her), and mileage.

My, oh so smart niece, says, “Santa really has a big job to do in one night. He is so lucky he has you to help him!!”

So I ask her, do you understand what I do now?

She said,” yes, you help Santa buy toys and you help him fly across the ocean in an air plane, and you help him ship presents across the world to be picked up and delivered all in one night, AND you save him lots of money!”

So if SafeSourcing can help save Christmas, what can you do to help save you money in your business?

If you’d like to learn more about how SafeSourcing can help energize your self-service program, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services representative.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

You can procure anything, including Christmas Candy Canes Part I!

December 23rd, 2019

First the history of the candy cane!

 

Today’s post is from our SafeSourcing Inc. Archives

What does it take to make a candy cane, package it, market it, and distribution? All of these involve procurement. Today, the candy cane makes up a significant amount of the $1.4 billion Christmas candy market. In fact, billions of candy canes are made and consumed each year.

First the history of the candy cane: from the HomeBoy Media Network!

The candy cane is a Christmas tradition that many hold dear but nobody really knows why. Let’s face it, the only things we really know about candy canes is that they taste good and that they are red and white.

Whether the story of the candy cane is a legend or if it is true is not certain, but this is how the story goes: About two hundred-thirty years ago at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, the children that went to church there were really loud and noisy. They often moved around and would not pay attention to the choirmaster.

This was especially difficult for the choirmaster when they were supposed to be sitting still for the long living Nativity ceremony. So to keep the children quiet, he gave them a long, white, sugar candy stick. He couldn’t give them chocolate or anything like that because the people at that church would think it was sacrilegious. So he gave them the stick and he bent it on the end to look like a cane. It was meant to look like a shepherd’s cane, and so it reminded the children of the shepherds at Jesus’ birth.

In 1847, a German-Swedish immigrant in Wooster, Ohio put candy canes on his Christmas tree and soon others were doing the same. Sometime around 1900 candy canes came to look more like what we know them as today with the red stripes and peppermint flavoring.

Some people say the white color represents the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the wounds he suffered. They also sometimes say that the peppermint flavoring represents the hyssop herb used for purifying and spoken of in the Bible. The shape also looks like the letter “J” for Jesus, not just a shepherd’s cane. It is possible that these things were added for religious symbols, but there is no evidence that is true.

Around 1920, a man in Georgia named Bob McCormack wanted to make candy canes for his family and friends. He later started mass-producing candy canes for his own business which he named Bob’s Candies. This is where many of our candy canes come from today.

Tomorrow we will discuss the raw materials needed to make candy canes.

For more information on how we can help you with your procurement needs or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today.

We look forward to your comments.

On the Twelve Days of e-Procurement Christmas.

December 10th, 2019

We know you have all heard the song “The twelve days of Christmas” many times. With that tune playing over and over in your head try substituting the e-procurement lyrics below.

 

Todays post is a holiday favorite by our CEO Ron Southard from our SafeSourcing Archives.

  1. On the first day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, a streamlined procurement process.
  2. On the second day of Christmas our e-service provider gave to us, more suppliers to source our goods from.
  3. On the third day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, pricing that works for smallest categories..
  4. On the fourth day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, consistent and customized product specifications.
  5. On the fifth day of Christmas our e-procurement service supplier gave to us, more time for other priorities.
  6. On the sixth day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, improved quality in our products.
  7. On the seventh day of Christmas our e-procurement service supplier gave to us, better supplier education.
  8. On the eighth day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, a simple award of business process.
  9. On the ninth day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, support for a better carbon footprint.
  10. On the tenth day of Christmas our e-procurement service supplier gave to us, total category e-procurement.
  11. On the eleventh day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, safer products for our customers and planet.
  12. On the twelfth day of Christmas our e-procurement service provider gave to us, a sustainable e-procurement process and improved corporate net earnings.

Now, ask yourself if all of these goals are accomplished on your company’s behalf by your present e-procurement service provider. If n0t, please contact a SafeSourcing customer services account manager. Click CONTACT US!

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

Continued best wishes for a Merry Christmas  the rest of the Happy Holiday Season.

What are some of the features of the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

December 6th, 2019

I recently upgraded from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

 

Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing Inc.

I recently upgraded from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I didn’t really have any reason in my mind to upgrade and figured the iPhone 7 was fine for what I used it for. My pictures seemed to be high quality and I am able to still upgrade to the newest iOS. I usually switch out when there is a major redesign of the phone or when the phone can no longer support the newest iOS. I switched to a different carrier because I was having connection issues in our area and they were having such a great upgrade deal that I made the switch to the iPhone 11 with the new carrier.

The first thing I noticed was the battery life. With the iPhone 7, I had to charge my phone half way through the day. With the new phone I am still at about 60 percent battery life when I put it on the charger at night. This was something that impressed me right off the bat. The only downside that I am seeing right now is the fact that they removed the home button. I am so used to using the button to navigate and switch between apps that without it I find myself frustrated with it being gone. I know this will pass once my muscle memory gets retrained. As for the new phone, I am impressed with the battery life and the new features of the camera which I intend on utilizing right away. If you are thinking of making the switch, below are some other features on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  • 6.5” Super Retina XDR Display
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Water Resistant up to 4 Meters up to 30 Minutes
  • Triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto Cameras
  • 4K Video Recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • Face ID
  • Battery Lasts up to 5 Hours Longer than iPhone Xs Max
  • 64GB, 256GB and 512GB Available Storage Capacities

If you are looking to purchase a new phone and would like help researching available options, feel free to contact SafeSourcing.   We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which one meets your needs. If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Internet

December 5th, 2019

Have you heard about internet in space?

 

 

Today’s blog is by Margaret Stewart, Director of HR and Administration at SafeSourcing Inc.

Recently SpaceX launched 60 satellites into space as part of their efforts toward space internet. This internet is not just internet for astronauts, but part of a larger effort to create a new way of providing internet access to people all over the globe.

Already, SpaceX has launched over a hundred satellites into space and plans to continue launching until they reach more than 10,000. This is believed to be able to provide low cost global connection. This project is not new, however, but rather began in 2015. It is expected to be completed and Starlink internet, the name they have chosen for this broadband, may be operation by mid-2020.

While space internet may be the future of internet and the answer to how to connect people across the entire globe, there have been some concerns. One concern is about the amount of space junk launching so many satellites may cause. This can come from broken satellites or pieces of them coming loose and may cause further damage to other satellites. This can cause a domino effect by creating even more broken pieces and parts that can bump into and damage other satellites and eventually lead to excessive debris in the orbit or even falling debris into our atmosphere. In addition to this, scientists believe that this many satellites may obstruct the earth’s view of planets, stars, solar systems, and galaxies that are often studied.

While the plans for space internet are moving forward, debates continue whether the benefits outweigh the good. The long term plan for SpaceX is a trip to Mars, and these satellites will help those plans by creating a more direct and open line of communication to Earth. However, until the space internet becomes mainstream, we must still rely on the internet services available to us now. SafeSourcing can help your organization find providers that can fulfill your internet needs while saving money.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can help your procurement efforts, or on our Risk

Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_(satellite_constellation)

Now That’s Cheesy!

December 4th, 2019

What’s the difference between Natural and Processed cheese?

 

 

Today’s Post is by Eli Razov, Senior Account Manager at SafeSourcing Inc.

What’s the difference between Natural and Processed cheese? Processed cheese consists of emulsifiers and food coloring and other substitutes that may prove to be harmful for your body. Natural cheese, on the other hand, is the purest form of processed milk and may not be harmful for the body as it does not contain any chemical or preservatives to keep it fresh. Processed cheese has a longer shelf than natural cheese, majorly because the latter has a large amount of salt and preservatives to keep it fresh. It is recommended that both processed and natural cheese is good only if eaten within limits. Processed cheese is generally consumed in fast foods; hence it is imperative to take care of the amount of fast foods you eat.

What is Processed Cheese?

Processed cheese is basically made from natural cheese; however, it varies in degree and sharpness of flavor. It is a product made from cheese, emulsifiers (two insoluble liquids), sodium citrate, calcium phosphate, sorbic acid (preservative), enzymes, cheese culture, vitamin D3, milk fat, extra salt, saturated vegetable oils, whey and artificial food colorings. Generally, to make processed cheese, a portion of natural cheese is melted, emulsified and held together with preservatives, artificial ingredients and double the amount of salt used than that of natural cheese. It is then poured and reformed into various other forms of cheese products.

Here are some of the processed cheeses that you may or may not have heard of before:

  • Brie cheese
  • Camembert
  • Brick cheese
  • Muenster cheese
  • Stilton cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Blue cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Gorgonzola cheese

Natural cheese is made of products using only simple and natural ingredients including fresh high quality milk, salt, enzymes and natural colors. The major differences between processed and natural cheese are that natural cheeses have the whey (watery part of the milk) pressed out of them, while processed cheese does not; and processed cheese has a longer shelf life as compared to natural cheese.

Here are some natural cheeses:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Muenster

Knowing about your products and who to get them from can help you make educated decisions. At SafeSourcing, we have a growing database of Natural & Processed Cheese manufacturers and distributors. We work directly with these vendors to help our clients save on these products. Contact SafeSourcing and let us help you save on your cheese costs today!

For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist you or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact SafeSourcing  we have an entire team waiting to assist you today

 

Citation:

https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/processed-cheese-versus-natural-cheese-your-guide-to-cheese-1680557

 

Apple’s New Release

December 1st, 2019

There is a new apple that is being released on December 1st.

 

 

Today’s post is written by Ivy Ray, Senior Procurement Specialist at SafeSourcing Inc.

There is a new apple that was released on December 1st, and it’s not a tech device. The Cosmic Crisp apple, also known as WA 38, is a new apple bred by Washington State University horticulturist Bruce Barritt, with the backing of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission. The Cosmic Crisp is a hybrid of the Honeycrisp and the Enterprise apple, which is supposed to be a large and very juicy, with a longer shelf life than the average apple. It is the first apple to be bred in Washington.

The first plantings for commercial use were in spring 2017 and are initially only available to Washington-based growers and will remain limited to them for ten years. The trees take three years to produce a crop, and the plan was to start with 300,000 trees, but growers requested 4 million. This led to a lottery to distribute the first trees and due to demand, have planted 12 million saplings in the first three years. These plants are licensed and limited by WSU which owns the Cosmic Crisp patent, known as WA 38, so authorized growers need a license to purchase the seedlings and have a to pay a royalty on sales of the apples.

Apples are a $2.5 billion a year business in Washington, which grows about 60% of the nation’s supply, or nearly 140 million boxes. The top varieties are Gala (23%), Red Delicious (20%) and Fuji (13%). My personal favorite is the Gala, and the Red Delicious has been losing its appeal for a long time (pun intended).

Twenty-two years from cross-pollination to launch, the Cosmic Crisp is backed by a massive consumer launch and a huge publicity campaign which has a $10.5 million marketing budget. By 2020, more than 2 million boxes will be available.

For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist you in exploring your procurement solutions for your business efforts, or on our Risk Free trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.

We look forward to your comments.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday is really a story of a supply chain found and developed!

November 29th, 2019

And without it, the possibility of Retailers servicing your needs this Black Friday would be ZERO!

 

Todays post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from SafeSourcing

One hundred and two pilgrims and crew arrived in Massachusetts after a 3,000 mile trip from England on the Mayflower. It is safe to say that as a result of that distance there was no existing supply chain to leverage, so one had to be developed and quickly. This began with basic hunting and gathering and later included trading with the areas indigenous peoples known as the Wampanoag’s for corn, seed and foraging and planting techniques.

The Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today really stems from the feast held in the autumn of 1621. Since the pilgrims had only arrived on November 21st of 1620 they had really not been there long enough to develop a fully reliable and renewable supply source. They had however established collaborative relationships with the local Wampanoag people who became regular trading partners and who helped them celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.

The most detailed description of the “First Thanksgiving” comes from Edward Winslow from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:”Our harvest  being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.

The fowl referred to above certainly could have included a wide range of fowl that was plentiful in the area such as wild turkey, pheasant, goose, duck, and partridge and unfortunately by today’s standards even eagles.

The pilgrims probably didn’t have pies or much of anything sweet at the harvest feast because they did not yet have ovens. They had brought some sugar with them on the Mayflower but by the time of the first Thanksgiving, the supply had probably run out.

Their meals also included many different types of meats. Vegetable dishes, one of the staples of today’s Thanksgiving, didn’t really play a large part in the feast. Other items that may have been on the menu certainly included sea food such as clams and lobster, Indian corn, wild fruits and nuts, meats such as venison and seal and certain dry herbs and spices.

The Thanksgiving meal that has today become a national holiday is a symbol of supply chain cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend 2019 from SafeSourcing. Who were the Pilgrims?

November 28th, 2019

This author is pleased to be descended from both Myles Standish and John Alden both Mayflower passengers neither of who were members of the religious congregation that was originally responsible for coining the word pilgrim.

 

Todays post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.

According to the Mayflower Society, as history has evolved, any of the 102 Mayflower passengers who arrived in Plymouth on the Mayflower and survived the initial hardships is now considered a Pilgrim with no distinction being made on the basis of their original purposes for making the voyage.

The Mayflower Pilgrims and their fellow travelers were authors of the first true governing document created in a New World colony. The Mayflower Compact is considered to have set the stage for the Constitution of the United States.

These were the same pilgrims that were responsible for the holiday we celebrate today called Thanksgiving.

We wish you and yours a peaceful and happy extended holiday weekend.