Tagged Content: General News

Spend Matters 50/50: DocuSign – A Provider to Know in 2015

- July 1, 2015 3:15 PM | Categories: Featured, Solution Providers

DocuSign is one of our 50 Providers to Know. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs. DocuSign, likely the market leader in the digital signature sector, is a Spend Matters 50/50 provider that every procurement organization should know. You may be thinking: Why? Aren’t digital signatures just a simple modern version of an old fashioned John Hancock? Not exactly.

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Afternoon Coffee: US Manufacturing Picks Up, China Factories Sluggish

- July 1, 2015 12:45 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

022215B-2590-D31A-4045975E76016ED0 The Institute for Supply Management's PMI rose in June, while the same official metric remained stagnant in China. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Pedal to the Metal: Punching Early Payment Into Overdrive in the Supply Chain

- July 1, 2015 10:16 AM | Categories: Learning / Research, Trade Financing

car-vehicle-measure-fast-large The global powers don’t agree on a whole lot but they do agree on one thing: there are substantial benefits to accelerating cash in the supply chain. The US government, UK and European public sectors are all convinced that there are benefits, but what those benefits are exactly may not be well known. From our sister site Trade Financing Matters comes this new, FREE research download: Accelerating Early Payment: Techniques and Approaches for Accelerating Cash in the Supply Chain. David Gustin, executive editor, outlines the specific benefits of accelerating cash in the supply chain as well as current alternatives and the pros and cons of different models for buying and supplying entities. Get your copy today!

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Spend Matters 50/50: Vortal – A Provider to Watch in 2015

- June 30, 2015 2:15 PM | Categories: Featured, Solution Providers

Vortal is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs. Vortal is a Portuguese software firm specializing almost entirely in the public sector (although as we will see, it also works directly with the suppliers to the government sector). Portugal was one of the first countries to mandate government bodies to use e-sourcing (advertising of contracts and communication of documents at least) in Europe, which gave the firm a good base to grow its domestic business and then use that as a platform for expansion.

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Afternoon Coffee: Natural Gas Prices Fall, United Airlines Looks to Alternative Fuel

- June 30, 2015 12:21 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Hands of businessman using digital tablet with newspaper and cup of coffee near by The continued growth in natural gas production has pushed down prices for the fossil fuel. And, United Airlines said it would use farm waste and oils from animal fats to power a flight this summer. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Tradeshift to Provide App for Working Capital through C2FO Partnership

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 17.59.53 Supplier collaboration platform Tradeshift hasn't been well known for finance outside of accounts payable. It has offered dynamic discounting, to be sure, but the feature has been used by only a handful of clients. That approach is about to change, however, as explained in a breaking article on Trade Financing Matters. As of Tuesday, Tradeshift will partner with C2FO, giving it access to the financial technology company's working capital market as an internal app. It’s clever on the surface, analyst David Gustin and Xavier Olivera explain, but how will the partnership work in practice?

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Spend Matters 50/50: Pool4Tool – A Provider to Watch in 2015

- June 29, 2015 3:05 PM | Categories: Featured, Solution Providers

Pool4Tool is one of our 50 Providers to Watch. We will be highlighting all 100 companies (50 to Know, 50 to Watch) in our 2015 Spend Matters Almanac over the span of 100 days. Practitioners are encouraged to browse the categories listed in our Almanac to find the provider that best fits their needs. Pool4Tool is an Austrian-based powerhouse of an e-sourcing and e-procurement platform that aims to please the direct side. And we mean all of the direct side, whether a company needs to engage their customer relationship management (CRM), aka sell-side, with the product management (quality), to a supplier network and managing its own suppliers via full supplier lifecycle management (SLM) and, of course, sourcing projects, contracting and post-contract follow up, ongoing supplier development, etc.

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Pepper – The Return of Black Gold?

- June 29, 2015 2:31 PM | Categories: Commodities, Guest Post

Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Jara Zicha of Mintec. Pepper prices have climbed to a historic high in recent months on the back of surging demand and dwindling stocks. Consumption has increased rapidly in recent years in regions such as Southeast and East Asia. The spice once labelled “Black Gold” may see its title restored. In recent years, the importance of pepper in global trade has been increasingly acknowledged by its producers, traders and possibly by us as well, as the consumers. The reason for this is its rapidly increasing price. Only once since 2001 has the price of pepper fallen significantly – in 2008 due to a bumper crop from Vietnam. Since 2008, prices have continued to rise. Back in 2006 pepper traded for $1,500 a ton; now it’s around $12,000 a ton depending on origin and variety.

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Afternoon Coffee: GE Sells Financial Operations, Judge Says Sysco Cannot Buy Rival US Foods

- June 29, 2015 12:13 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

Cup And Saucer With Cup Filled With Coffee Beans General Electric Co. is selling its US, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand vehicle fleet management business to Canada’s Element Financial Corp. The proposed merger of food distribution companies Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. is now off the table. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Afternoon Coffee: US Spending Grows, Consumers More Confident About Economy

- June 25, 2015 12:15 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

1409863653raewa US spending increased in May to its highest level in 6 years. And, Consumers are increasingly confident about the US economy as well, the latest Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed. The index came in at 42.6 this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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Spend Matters/MetalMiner Debate: Is Spot Market Buying Just Speculative or Best Practice?

- June 25, 2015 10:06 AM | Categories: Commodities, Finance, Learning / Research

coins Join us for what will surely be a passionate and entertaining 30 minutes when Jason Busch, founder and managing director of Spend Matters, and Lisa Reisman, CEO of Azul Partners and executive editor for MetalMiner™, debate the merits of purchasing on the spot market. Is it purely speculative? Best practice? Somewhere inbetween? Spot Market Buying: Purely Speculative or Best Practice? will take place Monday, June 29 at 11 a.m. CDT. You will learn not only why using indexes when sourcing commodities is poor practice, but how to wrangle every possible bit of value from commonly accepted best practices for purchasing on the spot market. Register now!

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Afternoon Coffee: Cross-border Online Shopping Grows in Popularity, Statoil Cancels Rig Contract

- June 24, 2015 12:21 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee

coffee and computer The international online shopping market is growing and now accounts for more than 25% of total global e-commerce spending. And, oil giant Statoil has canceled a contract with drilling rig provider COSL as the company cannot find work for its overcapacity of rigs. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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