Author Archives: JP Morris



Afternoon Coffee: Trump Optimistic on China Trade Talks, Companies Gird for No-Deal Brexit

President Donald Trump on Friday said he has a positive outlook about China’s recent list of trade issues that it’s willing to discuss, and the stock market responded favorably to the possibility of less volatile policies between the two countries, Bloomberg News reports. And as UK Prime Minister Theresa May tries to steer a shaky Brexit deal through Parliament and save her administration, companies are having to plan for the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union without trade deals and provisions for logistics, the Wall Street Journal reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Brexit Deal Clears Hurdle But Could Sink PM,  Paramount WorkPlace Unveils Updates

UK Prime Minister Theresa May got her Cabinet’s approval for the Brexit deal worked out with the EU, but ensuing battles may undercut her administration’s hold on power as it seeks Parliament’s approval, The Wall Street Journal reports. And Paramount WorkPlace on Thursday announced the release of its latest software solutions for procurement, requisition and expense, according to a press release. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon’s Supply Chain Center Goes to Nashville, Brexit Deal a Tough Sell

Amazon’s HQ2 plan was split between two cities — but its plans also involve a third city, Nashville, which will get a Center of Excellence supply chain hub, Supply Chain Dive reports. And UK Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with her Cabinet today to consider a Brexit deal reached this week with the European Union. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: SAP Buys Qualtrics for $8 Billion, UPS Freight Avoids Strike

German software giant SAP is buying Utah-based experience management company Qualtrics for $8 billion, the companies announced. Qualtrics’ software gives businesses insight into people by collecting information about the experiences and emotions of customers and employees, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. And Teamsters members voted for a contract offer from UPS Freight, averting a strike and clearing the way for service to resume this week, Supply Chain Dive reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: China’s Exports Hit $42.7 Billion, Amazon Tests Shipping Business

China sent $42.7 billion in exports to the U.S. in October, a 13.3% year-over-year increase, Supply Chain Dive says, citing reports on Chinese customs data. China's exports had increased at about 13% for September, and many credit the flood of goods to pressure from tariffs. Amazon’s pilot shipping program comes with severe discounts, which some see as the online retailer’s intention to take on competitors in the logistics supply chain, CNBC reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Jaggaer’s 18.3 Release Updates B2B Shopping Features, Turvo Takes on Several Logistics Solutions

Jaggaer this week announced its release of 18.3 Puma, which provides several updates to the spend management suite's business shopping experience, according to a press release. New features, which will be live on Nov. 11, 2018, include user-based search recommendations; a new user interface that offers "two-click-and-a-buy" capability; and integration of punch-out pricing directly into search results. Logistics software startup Turvo has plans to do what other providers in this space haven’t tackled — connect wide swaths of the logistics supply chain, from transportation management to freight booking, payments, tracking and communications, The Wall Street Journal writes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news about procurement and supply chains.

Afternoon Coffee: China Trade Show Has No-shows, Scout RFP Adds Contract Solution

The Trump administration and many top CEOs skipped China’s giant trade show in Shanghai this week, making the U.S.-China trade dispute a key feature of the show, The Wall Street Journal reports. And Scout RFP announced Wednesday the release of Scout Contracts, a new product that extends the e-sourcing provider's toolset to include baseline contract lifecycle management capabilities. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in procurement and supply chains.

Afternoon Coffee: Accenture buys Intrigo Systems; TalonFMS partners with SAP Fieldglass

Accenture announced this week that it’s acquiring Intrigo Systems, a provider of advisory and systems integration services for SAP enterprise and cloud solutions in e-commerce, supply chain and procurement. And TalonFMS announced Tuesday that its freelancer management system is integrating with SAP Fieldglass and is now available on the SAP App Center. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news about procurement and supply chains.