For those of you that missed the news late last week, Reed Business Information decided to shut down 23 trade publications in its portfolio including Purchasing.com, according to MetalMiner sister site, SpendMatters. According to SpendMatters, “Among the procurement and supply chain titles that are folding, I’ve learned that Purchasing, Supply Chain Management Review, Modern Material Handling, and Logistics Management will shut down by the close of business Friday, April 16. According to an online source I located, the complete list of affected titles includes: “Building Design+Construction, Chain Leader, Construction Bulletin, Construction Equipment, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering, Converting, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, Graphic Arts Blue Book, Graphics Arts Monthly, HOTELS, Logistics Management, Material Handling Product News, Modern Materials Handling, Plant Engineering, Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler, Purchasing, Restaurants & Institutions, Semiconductor International, Spec Check, Supply Chain Management Review and Tradeshow Week.”
Purchasing has played an important role in providing timely, relevant metal market data and intelligence to the manufacturing community. From its non-ferrous and ferrous metal market coverage and metals section, price and supply alerts to its lists of top 100 service centers, Purchasing has provided valuable services to its metal buying audience.
We at MetalMiner have tried to position this publication as a hybrid of sorts not hard core analysts like some of the other metals trade pubs but also not a straight up news source rather, a go-to resource for metals buying organizations to gain insight, intelligence and context for news and innovations within manufacturing industries as well as sourcing intelligence. We would argue only Purchasing.com positioned itself in a similar fashion. With your ideas, comments, feedback and support, we hope to elevate MetalMiner to that role of indispensable market resource. We’d welcome reader suggestions as to how MetalMiner can continue to help support you in your role. In the meantime we say adieu to Purchasing.com – you will be missed!