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Convincing The CPO To Advance Toward Analytics

“Only 3 percent have predictive/advanced analytics solutions in place, and only 2 percent have artificial intelligence fully deployed within the procurement function” reports pymnts.com. Organizations like Xeeva are pressing for their business customers to make the digitization leap and embrace artificial intelligence in procurement.The overwhelming volume of data and information associated with procurement is an opportunity for artificial intelligence to address these hurdles, however. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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Informa, UBM shareholders approve £3.9 bln deal

“The merger will result in Informa shareholders owning 65.5% of the enlarged company, with UBM shareholders owning the remainder, according to Informa, which said the deal is expected to complete in the second quarter of 2018” writes Adam Clark for marketwatch.com. The offer, originally disclosed in January, leaves UBM shareholders with 1.083 new Informa shares and 163 pence in cash for each UBM share held.Informa PLC (INF.LN) said Tuesday that its 3.90 billion pound ($5.58 billion) offer for rival business-to-business events organizer UBM PLC (UBM.LN) has been approved by the…

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Check whether your local government has special property tax discounts — you could be missing out on huge savings

“Say you buy a home for $200,000 and the local taxing body uses that value to compute your real estate taxes” reports washingtonpost.com. We have found municipal websites or taxing body websites are pretty good at giving out information, so start there.If you can keep the benefit, the taxing body would transfer the value from the old home to the new home.Samuel J. Tamkin is a Chicago-based real estate attorney.But in California, and in some other jurisdictions, the value the taxing body gives to that home can’t go up by more than, say,…

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This simple budget can help you save more without sacrificing your lifestyle

“The quick fix is to reverse the order and attempt a 10/10/80 allocation of cash flow: Save 10 percent, donate 10 percent and then spend 80 percent” writes Superb Images for cnbc.com. Luckily, you can put more money in savings while still living comfortably with one surprisingly simple fix: It’s time to revisit household budgeting. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Banker asked about U.S. Army post before making Manafort loan: lawmakers

“Lawmakers disclosed the inquiry as part of an ongoing probe into loans from Chicago-based Federal Savings Bank to Paul Manafort in the weeks after Donald Trump’s election victory in November 2016” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Federal Savings has been under scrutiny by Mueller and the subject of subpoenas from federal prosecutors in New York and the Manhattan District Attorney, according to people familiar with the matter.Federal Savings said in a statement that media reports implying Manafort received the loans in exchange for the promise of a position were…

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CVS launches program aimed at tackling high cost of medication

“CVS, +1.04% said Wednesday it is launching a program aimed at helping its customers, pharmacists and doctors tackle the rising costs of medication” writes Ciara Linnane for marketwatch.com. The company said its new CVS Pharmacy Rx Savings Finder will enable retail pharmacists to quickly find prescription savings, including medications for many common or chronic conditions that are available for zero copay.It will also provide prescribers with access to lower-cost medications through their electronic health record system and to CVS Caremark members through the member portal and updated app. Source: marketwatch.com Share…

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WD-40 Will Funnel Tax Savings to Boost Digital Brand Presence

“The federal tax overhaul, completed in December, lowered the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%” writes Ezequiel Minaya for wsj.com. Photo: Associated Press WD-40 Co. is applying some of the benefits of a lower U.S. corporate tax rate toward brand building and expanding the company’s online presence, said finance chief Jay Rembolt.The company expects a blended tax rate of around 26% for the current fiscal year, about nine percentage points lower than the 2017 fiscal year, which ended in August.The legislation became effective in the middle of WD-40’s…

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Debt-laden Britons face crunch from rising rates, City watchdog warns 

“British families have built up enormous debts in the era of low interest rates and could struggle under the burden as rates start to rise” writes Tim Wallace for telegraph.co.uk. Mark Carney wants to raise rates only slowly but even this could cause trouble for borrowers, the Financial Conduct Authority warned. “While interest rates are expected to remain low, a gradual increase in interest rates could have a detrimental impact on consumers who carry high levels of debt,” the FCA said in its annual Business Plan.It also means households have…

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