Author Archives: Spend Matters Team



Afternoon Coffee: Apple Inc mulls shifting suppliers out of China; ASCM’s new supply chain ethics standards

in light of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Apple asked some of its major suppliers to calculate the cost of moving 15% to 30% of its supply chain from China to Southeast Asia. The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) has put out newly drafted standards to help customers better understand the ethical, ecological and economic aspects of their supply chains. And a new artificial intelligence supply chain solution helps not only predict but manage the shortage in the supply of drugs, inflation and reimbursements. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Tradeshift’s customer reviews are in the new SolutionMap Customer Insights report

This week’s SolutionMap Customer Insights report focuses on customer reviews of Tradeshift, which is known for its marketplace service, global invoice processing, payment capabilities and financing support. Tradeshift’s applicable SolutionMap categories for this report are in E-Procurement, Invoice-to-Pay and Procure-to-Pay.

Afternoon Coffee: MBO Partners’ latest look at U.S. gig economy; Hackett Group reveals procurement investment priorities

A new report by the Hackett Group has revealed that procurement organizations were prioritizing the transformation of digital technologies in specific areas. MBO Partners published its 9th annual “State of Independence” report, representing the longest-running study of the independent workforce in the U.S. And Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia warns against China cyber threats. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Intel reviewing global supply chain; Huawei saga continues

Intel Corp. is taking another look at its global supply chain in the wake of the tariff war between the U.S. and China. American chip suppliers to Huawei have been quietly lobbying with the U.S. government to lift the ban. And Noble Supply and Logistics has received a $90 million contract with the Defense Logistics Agency. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Fiverr’s post-IPO share price bump; Walmart, other companies urge Trump to solve trade crisis

With share prices nearly doubling by the end of the first day of trading, Fiverr's IPO looked to be off to quite a start. Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and over 600 other companies have written to President Donald Trump to resolve the trade dispute with China. And on the heels of Gap and H&M, Ralph Lauren has also committed to a sourcing goal for sustainable cotton. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

7 Steps to Better Government Market Research

Doing better government market research is the latest topic from Public Spend Forum that we’ll address in Spend Matters’ weekly look at public sector procurement. PSF, a sister site of ours, has published articles addressing four of the seven steps for better government market research. It also offers free tools and templates that you can use to improve your market and supplier research outcomes. Let’s look at the full list and then delve into the details on the first four steps.

Afternoon Coffee: Huawei ban to hit suppliers; Walmart to fully integrate Jet.com

Ratings agency S&P has forecast that the U.S. ban on Huawei was more likely to hit U.S. suppliers to Huawei than telecom companies. Top company executives said plant-based burger maker Beyond Meat's supply chain was ready for fast-food volumes. And Walmart is finally taking the steps necessary to fully integrate Jet.com into its own retail business, over two years after it bought the e-commerce platform. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: What FedEx, Amazon Split Means for Logistics Industry; Ford Opens Research Center in Israel

The dust continues to settle on FedEx’s severing of its domestic air-package delivery contract with Amazon, leaving analysts asking what the implications are for the future of logistics. Experts and analysts are of the opinion that the current trade tariff war between the U.S. and China may see changes happening in the supply chain for robotics manufacturers. And wanting to take advantage of that country's vibrant tech sector, automaker Ford Motor Co. has set up a research center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Afternoon Coffee: bringing you the latest in automotive history's ironies (and other procurement and supply chain news).

Zycus’ customer reviews are in the new SolutionMap Customer Insights report

This week’s vendor spotlight in the SolutionMap Customer Insights report focuses on customer reviews of the source-to-pay suite provider Zycus, whose applicable SolutionMap categories for this report are in Source-to-Pay, Procure-to-Pay and Strategic Procurement Technologies.

SolutionMap Insider members can click here to read about Zycus in our latest report.

In each Customer Insights report, we provide a one-page summary of qualitative — and select rating and quantitative — insights from the SolutionMap peer review process. The Customer Insights summary includes ratings on how well the vendor meets user expectations, three key differentiators for the vendor and a list of quotes about the vendor’s greatest strengths.

Afternoon Coffee: Salesforce Buying Tableau Software; Target Working on Blockchain Solution

CRM giant Salesforce is buying Tableau Software, a provider of user-friendly data visualization tools, for $15.7 billion, according to the AP. Target has been putting in place a blockchain-powered solution for supply chain management named "ConsenSource." And DHL Express recently celebrated its 50th birthday. Afternoon Coffee: bringing you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: United Technologies, Raytheon to merge; SoCal ports on front lines of China trade war

In one of the biggest mergers in U.S. history, United Technologies Corp. and U.S. contractor Raytheon Co. will come together to create a new company estimated at $121 billion. The ongoing tariff war between the U.S. and China has thrown operations at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach into a barely controlled chaos. And the CEO of Proterra Inc. has gone on record saying that it was all but inevitable that zero-emissions buses would soon be crisscrossing American roads. Afternoon Coffee: crisscrossing the world (via the interwebs) to bring you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Do You Know Who Your Tech Suppliers Are? and Other Procurement and Supply Chain News

Many companies worldwide are waking up to the problem (still) of not really knowing who the suppliers of their tech components are. Consumer retailer Williams-Sonoma CFO Julie Whalen has said the company will halve the amount of goods it sources from China by 2020. And Spend Matters unveiled the 2019 Customer Insights report for Oracle, which takes a deeper-level dive into customer comments and reviews of the software company's P2P solution, as well as customer survey scoring insights, derived from SolutionMap data. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.