Author Archives: Spend Matters Team



Afternoon Coffee: Google’s Private Catalog ‘Gains IT Procurement Powers’; Volkswagen Tracking Cobalt Supply Chain

IT admins across the enterprise will now be able to wield more control over accessibility of apps, thanks to Google Private Catalog. A controversial bill that may give Duke Energy the leeway to hike rates multiple times in the next five years has been passed by the North Carolina Senate committee. And Volkswagen will now be part of a global blockchain-based supply network that includes Ford and IBM for responsible sourcing of strategic minerals, including cobalt. Afternoon Coffee: grab a cup and have a great weekend.

From Watch to Know in 2019: State of Flux Focuses on User Experience in SRM

Each year, some companies on Spend Matters’ 50 Providers to Know list and the list of 50 to Watch honorees here in the Spend Matters Almanac push themselves beyond simply a standout performance. They earn the recognition that they are not only bringing innovation into procurement organizations but also leading the charge to change the way we do business for the better. These are the providers who shifted from Watch to Know in 2019, like State of Flux.

To learn more about these providers, we reached out to a few such cases in our 2019 50/50 lists, asking how they’ve changed over the years and what differentiates them from the competition. Today’s Q&A features State of Flux Chairman Alan Day.

Afternoon Coffee: Honeywell, Boeing in Potential Deal; Shiftgig Pivots from Staffing to Technology

Aviation parts supplier Honeywell International Inc has been examining the revenue potential of supplying parts to Boeing’s next major aircraft program. Shiftgig, the Chicago-headquartered, digital platform-based intermediary that connects workers and local hospitality and event businesses, announced that it plans to become a pure-play technology business. And Walmart and HSBC come together on a sustainable supply chain finance program. Afternoon Coffee: shift to decaf if you must, but get your procurement and supply chain news here.

Afternoon Coffee: Beeline & Workspend Link Up; Koble 2.0 Premieres; Apple Inc’s Project Titan Continues

Beeline, the global vendor management system (VMS) provider, and Workspend, a managed service provider (MSP), have inked a partnership. Pipeline Talent Solutions has also announced a partnership with VectorVMS to offer clients a more flexible, seamless approach to strategic workforce program management. Koble has “undergone a bit of an exciting transformation," and Apple Inc continues its Project Titan by being on the lidar lookout. Afternoon Coffee: better late than never.

Afternoon Coffee: Coupa to Buy Exari; TA Services’ Acquisition of Celadon Complete

Turkey's defense minister adopts a conciliatory tone over a recent purchase. Coupa Software is buying Exari to gain its best-of-breed contract lifecycle management (CLM) offering, Coupa announced this morning. And TA Services’ acquisition of the Indianapolis-headquartered Celadon Logistics Services is now complete. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: TeleSense Moves to Alleviate Grain Spoilage; Ivalua NOW Focuses on ‘Art of Procurement’

TeleSense, an IoT technology solutions provider for grain storage, today said it had acquired Danish wireless sensor company Webstech. Spend Matters analyst Michael Lamoureux had boots on the ground at Europe’s version of Ivalua NOW and shares his findings. And Facebook shipped Oculus controllers with hidden messages. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

From Watch to Know in 2019: How APEX Analytix is Helping Transform Supplier Management

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Each year, some companies on the Spend Matters 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch lists push themselves beyond simply a standout performance. They earn the recognition that they are not only bringing innovation into procurement organizations but also leading the charge to change the way we do business for the better. These are the providers who shifted from Watch to Know in 2019.

To learn more about these providers, we reached out to a few such cases in our 2019 50/50 lists, asking how they’ve changed over the years and what differentiates them from the competition. Today’s Q&A features Danny Thompson, SVP, Market & Product Strategy at APEX Analytix.

Afternoon Coffee: Bridgestone Group Progresses on Sustainable Procurement Policy; Amazon Shipping Crops Up

From the time it was enforced back in February 2018, the Bridgestone Group's Global Sustainable Procurement Policy has seen steady movement, according to a top executive. The world’s second-largest supermarket chain by sales, Albertsons Companies, now wants to improve its tracking of the farm-to-store supply of food. And an Amazon logistics service could be on the horizon. Afternoon Coffee: grab one more before the weekend.

Afternoon Coffee: Apple Prods Suppliers toward Eco-Friendliness; Ivalua Unveils New AI-Based Products

Apple’s eventual goal is to ensure its entire supply chain ends up using clean energy. Tough times could be ahead for U.S. coal exporters. Ivalua, a spend management cloud solution provider, has announced a new range of products powered by artificial intelligence (AI) at its European event Ivalua Now. Meanwhile, more and more automotive companies are abandoning AI research in their vehicles. Afternoon Coffee: get a cup and catch up (on the news).

From Watch to Know in 2019: How Sovos Enhances Businesses’ Global Tax Compliance Efforts

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Each year, some companies on the Spend Matters 50 Providers to Know and 50 Providers to Watch lists push themselves beyond simply a standout performance. They earn the recognition that they are not only bringing innovation into procurement organizations but also leading the charge to change the way we do business for the better. These are the providers who shifted from Watch to Know in 2019.

To learn more about these providers, we reached out to a few such cases in our 2019 50/50 lists, asking how they’ve changed over the years and what differentiates them from the competition. Today’s Q&A features Christiaan Van Der Valk, VP Strategy at Sovos, a global tax compliance provider.

Afternoon Coffee: Walmart Expands In-Store Robotics Use; Caterpillar Inc. Adding Services Offerings

The retail giant Walmart is expanding its use of robotics in stores as it looks to reset workforce and operations in order to serve businesses online. Caterpillar Inc. is planning on expanding from highly volatile equipment sales by offering services such as repairs and other post-sales functions. And a coalition of 18 associations from agricultural, manufacturing, and freight backgrounds sent the White House a letter warning against restricting border trade. Afternoon Coffee: get a cup and catch up (on the news).