CPG NEWS — December, 2012

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BLOG: Is This the Unlikeliest Place to Put a Manufacturing Plant?
What does it take to convince a manufacturer to locate a plant in the U.S.? How about in California, one of the most highly regulated and difficult states in which to operate? (It ranked 40th in CNBC's latest survey "America's Top States for Business." What about the San Francisco Bay Area, with its prohibitive cost of living, high population density and even more onerous regulatory environment?
Amazingly, some companies have found it possible to make products in the Bay Area, and even thrive in the process....

Food, Private Equity, Cross-Border Transactions Drive U.S. Retail, Consumer Deals
Corporations spinning off businesses, private equity investment in retail, continued cross-border activity and expansion into e-commerce drove retail and consumer merger and acquisition activity in the third quarter of 2012, according to PwC's US retail and consumer M+A insights report. For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, 2012, there were a total of 32 deals in the retail and consumer sector with values greater than $50m, accounting for $19.8bn in deal value, a 60-percent increase in volume and a 160-percent increase in value from the 20 deals worth $7.6bn during the third quarter of 2011. In addition,...

Consumers' Concern About Product Safety Impacts Manufacturers' Supply Chains
A survey that examines manufacturer and consumer perceptions about how products are made, sold, bought and consumed reveals a focus on quality, supply chains that are more transparent than ever but a decline in overall optimism, according to Underwriters Laboratories.
The findings in this year's The Product Mindset survey, culled from interviews with manufacturers and consumers in the United States, China, Germany and India, show...

Report Available on Near-Sourcing in Apparel Industry
A guide has been published by Sourcing Journal Online and TradeCard to help supply chain executives in the apparel industry take advantage of sourcing locales in Latin America as they pursue strategic initiatives requiring faster turnaround and more reliable delivery of goods.
“We see strong growth in the Americas in the next three years as the global economy bounces back. Latin America is fast becoming a major sourcing destination for savvy brands and retailers based in the U.S. and Canada,” said Patrick Lamson-Hall, managing editor of Sourcing Journal Online....

Less Is More: Office Depot Cuts Supply Chain Waste
Brent Beabout, senior vice president of supply chain with Office Depot, describes how the company slashed packaging waste by switching from corrugated cardboard to paper bags for deliveries to consumers and business. A finalist in the Supply Chain Innovation of the Year competition. (Run Time (Min.): 9:07)...

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