Afternoon Coffee: Coca-Cola’s Supply Chain Goes Mobile, Old St Labs Partners With Vodafone

Coca-Cola Co.’s latest tool in improving supply chain efficiency is mobile commerce, the Wall Street Journal reports. The beverage company is encouraging small retailers to use a mobile app in sending order requests to local distributors, who bid on the deal – and then gig workers are enlisted to help with delivery. As Alan Boehme, Coca-Cola’s chief innovation officer for global IT, put it, “In the white spaces in the ecosystem between partners, bottling facilities and consumers, there’s an opportunity for disruption.”

Vodafone + Old St Labs

Supplier collaboration platform Old St Labs is partnering with global telecommunications company Vodafone to improve collaboration and innovation in Vodafone’s supply chain. The latter is using Vizibl, a supplier collaboration tool developed by Old St Labs, in driving supplier innovation with strategic and new suppliers.

Car-tels

Reuters reports that the European Union has fined six major car part suppliers, including Germany’s Mahle Behr and Japan’s Denso, a total of 155 million euros ($163.6 million) for operating cartels in their markets.

More Partnership News

Cloud-based spend management provider Coupa Software has signed a partnership agreement with the Netherlands-based Solmate Group to expand the former’s value-as-aservice offering in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Solmate assists medium and large organizations with finance transformation.

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