Author Archives: Nick Heinzmann



Afternoon Coffee: Apple in Talks to Buy Cobalt Directly from Miners, Why Millennials aren’t Buying Conscious Clothing

The future of the smartphone relies on a secure supply of cobalt, and Apple is preparing itself. Millennials are supposedly the eco-friendly and ethical sourcing-focused generation, but new research indicates this characterization has little to do with their actual buying behavior. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Unilever to Disclose Palm Oil Sources, British KFCs Close Amid Chicken Shortage

Unilever took a “radical step” on supply chain transparency Tuesday as it became the first consumer goods company to publicly disclose the suppliers and mills it sources palm oil from. Most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close Monday due a logistics-related chicken shortage. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: MBO Partners Releases ‘Client of Choice’ Report, How Iranian Airlines Obtain U.S. Parts Through Turkey

MBO Partners, a provider of independent workforce solutions, released Tuesday its “Client of Choice” report, which examines how and why independent professionals pick the clients with whom they choose to engage. An Iranian airline under U.S. sanctions has purchased U.S.-made jet engines and parts through a Turkish front company over the last several years. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: TruFin Raises $97 Million in IPO, U.S. Weighs Tariffs on Metals Imports

Alternative lending conglomerate TruFin raised more than $97 million through an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange. Aluminum and steel may be the next targets in the Trump administration’s increasing trade tensions with China. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: U.K. Says Russia was Behind June Cyberattack, May and Merkel Meet to Discuss Brexit

Russia executed the June “Petya” cyberattack that crippled firms including FedEx, Maersk and Merck, according to British officials. With the Brexit deal stuck again in a near deadlock, British Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to Berlin Friday to meet with her German counterpart Angela Merkel. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump Administration Reveals Infrastructure Plan, Winter Olympics Hit by Cyberattack

President Trump unveiled his infrastructure spending plan Monday, which aims to turn $200 billion of federal money into $1.5 trillion to fixing America’s deteriorating infrastructure. The opening ceremony of the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics was hit by a cyberattack. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Whole Foods Asks More of its Suppliers, Where AI Could Help at the Olympics

The Amazon-owned Whole Foods is putting more pressure on its suppliers to offer bigger discounts and pony up for prime shelf space. The 2018 Winter Olympics may be the last such event that does not involve some form of artificial intelligence in the evaluation process. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Business Launches in France, Norway’s Olympics Team Seriously Bungles Egg Order

Amazon Business announced Wednesday it has extended its service to companies in France. Chefs for Norway’s Olympic team ended up with for more than they bargained for when they accidentally ordered 13,500 extra eggs for athletes at their South Korean base. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.