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Afternoon Coffee: Kraft Heinz ‘Bad Procurement’ Saga Continues; Supply Chain Salaries Grew in 2018

The Supply Chain Salary and Career Survey Report has found that salaries of supply chain professionals registered an average jump of 4.2% in 2018, up from 2017 (a 3% rise). A 200-year-old agricultural commodities trader has undertaken a second round of overhauling its global operations. And reportedly Kraft Heinz's "bonus structure incentivized procurement and operations teams to show the highest possible cost savings." Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: KPMG, Spend Matters on Self-Service in Procurement; U.S.-China Trade; Walmart Has 1st Sustainability Report

China has requested the United States to meet it halfway to salvage a deal that could end their trade war. Walmart released its first ever Environmental, Social & Governance Report. And experts from KPMG and Spend Matters team up to host a webcast warning us all that "Extreme self-service in procurement is coming!" Afternoon Coffee: warning you that you'd better catch up on the latest procurement and supply chain news right here.

Afternoon Coffee: U.N. Agreement Could Tighten Plastics Exports; Adidas Looks to Air Freight to Solve Shortages

If the new U.N. law is passed, it will make it tough for the U.S. to ship unsorted plastic to emerging Asian economies. Air freight is to come to the rescue of Adidas, which continues to face supply chain shortages. And WordPress 5.2 will ship with offline digital signatures for all core updates as a security step against possible supply chain attacks. Afternoon Coffee: securing your procurement and supply chain news.

Jaggaer’s 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 three product lines that make up Jaggaer ONE, the solution provider’s new unified platform.

SolutionMap Insider members can click here to read customer reviews for Jaggaer Advantage, Jaggaer Direct and Jaggaer Indirect.

(Please note: For SolutionMap, each of the three product lines has been reviewed and scored on a standalone basis by both their customer users and the Spend Matters analyst team, respectively. Analysts have not yet holistically evaluated the three products as part of Jaggaer ONE's unified platform.)

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: U.S.-Mexico Border Delays Continue; Coupa’s Exari Acquisition Complete

Delays of cargo movement at the U.S.-Mexico border are adversely affecting business prospects of American companies. Coupa announced today that its acquisition of Exari is settled, giving the suite provider advanced CLM capabilities. And a new survey predicts that as much as 90% of blockchain-based supply chain initiatives will suffer ‘blockchain fatigue’ by 2023. Afternoon Coffee: merging & acquiring your attention (hopefully) for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Kraft Heinz Co. to Restate Earnings; Trump Tweets Promise of Tariffs Increase by End of Week

Food giant Kraft Heinz announced it is planning to restate earnings for “2016, 2017 and part of 2018,” noting in the same regulatory filing that “it found evidence of employee misconduct in procurement that increased the cost of products sold." President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported goods from China will go up from 10% to 25% from this Friday, May 10. And a test by PepsiCo in conjunction with Mindshare has driven an increased 28% efficiency in supply chain efficiency. Afternoon Coffee: better late than never.

Afternoon Coffee: U.S. Unemployment Rate at Historic Low; Big News for Gig Economy Companies?

The U.S. unemployment rate hit a 49-year low of 3.6%, according to today’s Labor Department data release — the lowest since 1969. The Labor Department also decided, in the specific case of one gig economy company, that the company's workers were contractors, not employees, which has the potential to shift the paradigm for many similar companies. And at least 100 organizations have joined a new initiative by the World Economic Forum called “Redesigning Trust with Blockchain in the Supply Chain.” Afternoon Coffee: shifting the paradigm for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: JB Poindexter’s VP of Supply Chain Talks Metals Tariff Risk; Avetta Launches New Tech Platform

Matt Marthinson, VP of Supply Chain at JB Poindexter & Co., Inc. lets MetalMiner podcast listeners in on how an established transportation industry manufacturer with significant exposure to commodity risk views the tariff landscape, both now and into 2020. Avetta, a software provider of supply chain risk management solutions, has launched a tech platform called "Connect." And so-called New Law innovation continues to expand globally across the supply-side of the legal industry. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: SAP Ariba Customer Reviews Report Out Now; Accenture Study Highlights Supply Chain Cyber Risks

Spend Matters has released its inaugural Customer Insights report, with SAP Ariba customer reviews being the first out the door. Amazon has been quietly testing an online freight system based on 'the Uber model,' but is under fire for price undercutting. And an Accenture study shows 7 out of 10 global businesses could be susceptible to cyberattacks on their supply chains. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: SAP, Uber Freight Team Up; UK Gov’t Drops Companies from Responsible-Payments List

A partnership with SAP Logistics Business Network means potentially more shippers for Uber Freight, not to mention “validation of its technology, network and value” as its parent company heads for an IPO. Five companies have been removed from the U.K. government’s responsible-payments list, something that could hamper them in their ability to win state contracts. And FedEx's CIO is preaching the blockchain gospel. Afternoon Coffee: securely digitize your caffeine ledger with some procurement and supply chain news.

SAP Ariba users’ reviews are in the new SolutionMap Customer Insights report

Q1 2019 Spend Matters SolutionMap procurement software company rankings

Today, the inaugural Spend Matters SolutionMap Customer Insights report features reviews from SAP Ariba’s customers. We are taking a deeper look into our SolutionMap database, which ranks providers in the marketplace according to their capabilities and their customers’ reviews of the companies. SolutionMap has more than 900 customer reviews, and we’d like to share that insight for a few providers, beginning with SAP Ariba. (SolutionMap Insider subscribers can see the reports, but non-subscribers can see a sample report in this story.) The Customer Insights summary includes ratings to what degree the vendor meets user expectations, three key differentiators for the vendor and a list of quotes about the vendor’s greatest strengths.

Announcing SolutionMap Customer Insights: Reviews from Users of the Market’s Top Vendors

As part of the SolutionMap evaluation methodology of source-to-pay and services procurement technology providers, Spend Matters places a high emphasis on customer peer reviews.

Today, we are pleased to launch the Spend Matters SolutionMap Customer Insights, which initially will be a component of our SolutionMap Insider membership. In each Customer Insights report, we provide a one-page summary of insights from the SolutionMap peer review process. The Customer Insights summary includes ratings to what degree the vendor meets user expectations, three key differentiators for the vendor and a list of quotes about the vendor’s greatest strengths. (The users’ names and companies are kept anonymous.)

Read on to get the details. And later, we'll post Customer Insights from users of SAP Ariba, Coupa, Jaggaer and more.