Author Archives: Nick Heinzmann



Afternoon Coffee: NAFTA Talks Show Small Signs of Progress, Suplari Raises $10.3 Million in Series A

Negotiators met in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss an “agreement in principle” for a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a step that would lock in the main tenets of a new deal, if not the fine print. Suplari, an analytics platform that emphasizes the use of artificial intelligence in its offering, announced Thursday it had raised $10.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Shasta Ventures. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump Threatens China with New $100 Billion Tariff Plan, Delta Tech Supplier Discloses Cybersecurity Breach

The escalating trade war rhetoric continued Thursday evening as President Trump said he had directed the U.S. Trade Representative to consider ordering an additional $100 billion worth of tariffs on China’s exports. A supplier of technology and chat services to Delta and other airlines said this week it was “involved in a cyber incident.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: A Trade War Looms, French Transport Clogged by Strikes

Tit-for-tat tariff measures imposed by the U.S. and China edged closer to full-blown trade war Wednesday as the latter country threatened duties on 106 more U.S. products. Transportation and utility strikes paralyzed France Tuesday as workers and students protested President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the public sector. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Q1 2018 SolutionMap Out Today, Apple Plans to Use its Own Chips by 2020

In case you missed it, Spend Matters earlier Tuesday released the Q1 2018 SolutionMap. Be sure to check out the new providers included this quarter, updates on prior participants and the inaugural Source-to-Pay (S2P) SolutionMap. Apple is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

What’s Top of Mind for Procurement This Year: 3 Hot Topics from Q1 2018

As frost and overcast skies turn to morning dew and sunshine, many procurement leaders continue to take their New Year’s resolutions from aspiration to reality. During the first three months of 2018, Spend Matters brought plenty of news to support them in that journey, from our annual trends and forecast series to exclusive interviews with industry executives and the latest in comparative vendor analyses. What topics have been top of mind for procurement this year, and what can practitioners expect as they head into the second quarter of 2018? Here are the top three topics our readers have been examining over for the last several months.

Afternoon Coffee: Tesla Issues Recall over Power Steering Bolts, Trump Targets African Apparel Export Program

Electric vehicle maker Tesla said Thursday it is voluntarily recalling Model S sedans built before April 2016 in order to replace bolts in the power steering component. The Trump administration’s hardline trade policies are starting to shift focus from metals to apparel. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Canada Announces New Antidumping Measures, Candex Raises $3.5 Million in Seed Funding

The Canadian government announced Tuesday it would bring in new rules to prevent diversion and transshipping of steel and aluminum. Candex, a San Francisco-based provider that facilitates the engagement and payment of small services businesses, announced Friday it had raised $3.5 million of seed funding. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

AmeriQuest and Corcentric Unify Under a Single Brand: A Q&A with Matt Clark

Earlier this week, accounts payable automation provider Corcentric announced it had unified the AmeriQuest and Corcentric brands under one name: Corcentric. To learn more about the decision, what the new brand strategy means for customers and how Corcentric sees its future in the P2P space, we sat down with President and COO Matt Clark for a quick Q&A on the news. 

Afternoon Coffee: Uber Suspended from Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Arizona, Apple Supplier Seeks to Build Ethical Cobalt Supply Chain

Arizona officials announced Monday they would ban Uber from testing its autonomous vehicles in the state. Apple supplier Huayou Cobalt Co. has joined an industry initiative to ensure the cobalt in its products is sourced ethically. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.