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The Importance of Matching Volume to Contractor Capacity in JOC Procurement Strategy

JOC takes an investment from both owners and contractors.  There is the concrete investment in cost data and software, but that pales in comparison to the investment in training staff in use of the cost data and JOC process.  In addition, there is the front-end and continuing investment in the rela...

Ten Mid-July Economic Nuggets

The outlook for public sector construction spending is receiving a boost from naturally occurring tax increases. As consumer spending and retail sales improve, sales tax revenues increase; as jobs and earnings rise, income tax receipts climb; and as home prices experience further lift, property tax ...

COLUMN: Unfair war on grain use in petfoods

People are entitled to have any view regarding canine nutrition and put it into practice, provided that no harm is done. In the US pet market, grain-free food is a very popular trend at the moment. Well-formulated, grain-free foods provide good nutrition for dogs. However, it is reprehensible to rej...

Consider a Seed Project as Part of Your JOC Procurement Strategy

Using a seed or sample project in the bidding or proposal phase is a less common and emerging  JOC best practice that is designed to meet some of the challenges owners face in Job Order Contracts, and we find ourselves recommending it more and more.  The primary advantages of a seed or sample proje...

BLOG: UK to monitor antibiotic usage – a simpler model for the EU?

Several member states (MS) have already set up antibiotic usage monitoring systems on pig farms and the UK is about to start. Our Red Tractor Assurance Pig Scheme is introducing the requirement to monitor antimicrobial usage on an annual basis from 1st of October 2014. The UK was one of the first to...

The Best Unit Price Book for Your Job Order Contract

One of the most difficult decisions in standing up a Job Order Contract is the owner's decision about what type of Unit Price Book (UPB) is best for your JOC program.  UPB's have traditionally come in two flavors: Commercial off-the-shelf estimating guides like those produced by RSMeans (Facil...

Commentary: Foster Farms and the US Salmonella outbreaks

Chick-Cite has commented recently on the ongoing investigation of outbreaks of Salmonella Heidelberg attributed to products allegedly produced by Foster Farms. Investigations by federal and state officials have failed to demonstrate any direct relationship between production procedures and cases of ...

BLOG: Consumerism – analysis or just more politics?

We are all consumers but I have to say I was disappointed when the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) ‘The Consumer Voice in Europe’ recently issued their report: ‘Antibiotics use in livestock: Time to act.’ In the UK we have a very active consumer organisation WHICH? It is highly respected as it...

A Dozen Mid-June Economic Nuggets

Just when you thought it was safe to follow politics again, Eric Cantor of Virginia, House Leader of the Republicans, suffers a stunning defeat in his own primary from Tea Party challenger, David Brat, an economics professor of all things. Elsewhere, old-guard Republicans have been holding off assau...

Fixed the port, time to fix the road: Motoring on from the WRRDA to the Highway Trust Fund

Every now and again the Washington politicians set their differences aside and do what is right for the country. Recently, they did so by passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which was signed into law by the President. The law provides for badly needed improvements to exi...

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