Intuit, the provider of QuickBooks Self-Employed, and Etsy, the online marketplace for crafted products, announced they will be partnering. Etsy sellers in the U.S. and the U.K. will be able to use QuickBooks Self-Employed under special terms of the partnership. So why do we think what Intuit is doing in the “gig economy” — even with an Etsy — is relevant to enterprise buyers?more ▸
Gartner recently announced its list for top supply chain undergraduate programs in North America. At the top sits Pennsylvania State University, followed by Michigan State University — supply chain programs that have received top nods in various rankings in recent years. The two schools also tied for first place the last time Gartner released its Top 25 list back in 2014.more ▸
The gig economy and work misclassification lawsuits have plagued major players like Uber, who have served as warning signs along the road to organizations like yours, which should embrace the independent workforce but not without a risk management strategy in place. Join Andrew Karpie, research director of services and labor procurement at Spend Matters, and Don Gillespie, vice president of strategic account development at MBO Partners, on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. CDT for Worker Misclassification – Ungigged.more ▸
Spend Matters welcomes this guest post by Jara Zicha of Mintec.
Delays in peanut harvest in Argentina, due to weather related problems, have put peanut markets under pressure in recent months. Argentina is one of the world’s major producers, behind China, Nigeria, India and the U.S. Although the volume of its crop is relatively low (1m tonnes) compared to China (17m tonnes), Argentina is the top exporter for peanuts, responsible for 25% of the global exports.
Uber is acquiring self-driving truck technology start-up Otto. The start-up’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski will lead Uber’s self-driving division. And, Volkswagen AG is in the midst of a parts shortage and supplier dispute, leading the automaker to reduce working hours for employees at multiple German plants. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.more ▸
Many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are not using updated technology solutions for inventory management and other back-office processes despite growing demand to do so. Consumers are becoming more savvy, using technology and mobile devices and demanding omnichannel experiences. For example, they want a higher level of product information and are checking a retailer’s website to determine if a specific item is available at a nearby store. Yet a new report from AGC Partners that identifies top trends as well as disruptors in the retail industry shows traditional retailers are falling behind in consumer demand and may be able to learn a thing or two from specialty online retailers and online marketplaces like Amazon that appeal more to customers’ shopping habits.more ▸
Afternoon Coffee: Logistics Will Need to Fill 1.4 Million Jobs, California Wildfire Blocks Trade Route
The U.S. logistics industry will have 1.4 million jobs to fill by 2018. That’s about 270,000 jobs per year the industry will need to fill. And, a raging wildfire in San Bernardino County, California has temporarily shut down northbound traffic on Interstate 15, a major trade corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.more ▸
Technology is constantly evolving and if your organization is not on top of those changes then it's in danger of being left behind. More specifically, procurement technology requires a new set of approaches that can contradict the traditional ones. Join Jason Busch, founder and head of strategy at Spend Matters, and Henrik Balslev, senior vice president of operations at Scanmarket, on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. CDT for WRONG: Everything You Know About Buying Procurement Technology Has Changed.more ▸
The Obama administration has issued new emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks, calling for as much as a 25% reduction in carbon emissions for big tractor-trailers over the next decade. The rules also call for smaller emission reductions for delivery trucks, school buses and other large vehicles. And, Agile Network, a transportation and shipping logistic management company, will acquire Seattle-based supply chain software consultancy Ajilus. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.more ▸
The gig economy is here to stay despite its hiccups, notably work misclassification lawsuits that have plagued the major players (i.e. Uber). The proper risk mitigation strategy is essential to smoothly integrate talent and workforce. Join Spend Matters and MBO Partners on Wednesday, September 7 at 12 p.m. CDT for Worker Misclassification – Ungigged.more ▸
Afternoon Coffee: Mexico Car Production Labor Gets More Expensive, GM Said it Made ‘Mistakes’ in Recall
Labor costs in the auto production industry in Mexico is rising, as more automakers set up shop south of the border and drive up demand for employees. Wages have already grown by double-digit percentages in recent years. And, General Motors CEO Mary Barra testified that the automaker failed to properly address the flawed ignition switch in its vehicles that lead to a major recall and several deaths. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.more ▸
The majority of UK retailers say their supply chains are not prepared for a Brexit and many expect it to have negative impacts on their organization, according to a recent survey conducted by Barclays. Retailers cited supply chain cost increases, import price fluctuations and potential labor shortages as possible ways Britain's departure from the European Union would negatively impact their company.more ▸