Walmart Improves Supply Chain for Chinese Online Store, Google Delivers Goods Via Drones

- August 29, 2014 1:15 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Walmart is attempting to attract more Chinese online shoppers to its partially-owned venture Yihaodian. Along with making efforts to ramp up the supply chain for the online store, Walmart has added additional products to its offerings and made the website more mobile friendly. And, Google is the latest company to test out drones for the delivery of goods. The tech giant recently sent a prototype of a drone to deliver a range of products - from candy bars to cattle vaccines - to two farmers in Australia. Afternoon coffee brings you the latest new on supply chain and procurement.

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Sourcing in Latin America (with Mexico Focus): A Primer for U.S. and Canada Procurement Organizations [PRO]

- August 29, 2014 12:32 PM | Categories: Procurement Strategy & Planning, Sourcing, Technology

Earlier today, Jason Busch, Spend Matters’ founder and managing director, and Xavier Olivera, director of Spend Matters Mexico and Latin America, conducted an “Ask the Expert” webinar titled Spend Matters en Español: The State of Procurement in Mexico and Latin America. Given the interest among both practitioners and providers in the U.S. in understanding priorities and how to do business in Mexico and neighboring countries most effectively, we decided to write a quick primer to showcase those items that companies should be considering as they develop their efforts in the region. For U.S. and Canadian organizations, the total cost equation is increasingly adding up for Mexico sourcing – and the ease of doing business is rising as well (aside from new regulations and compliance requirements for e-invoicing, which we will be exploring in more detail in a separate analysis).

Considering rising U.S. interest in nearshore sourcing, the timing could not be more perfect to launch a new site focusing on Latin America procurement and supply chain (Spend Matters will be launching this site in conjunction with Xavier in Sept/Oct 2014). Awareness and interest is at an all-time high among Latin American companies. Mexican organizations, in particular, are prioritizing efforts to get smart on tech solutions including analytics, P2P, and sourcing. This Spend Matters PRO research brief begins to explore top procurement priorities in the region and the state of solution adoption – as well as how to do business effectively with local suppliers and procurement organizations.

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