Afternoon Coffee: Jaggaer’s 18.3 Release Updates B2B Shopping Features, Turvo Takes on Several Logistics Solutions

Jaggaer this week announced its release of 18.3 Puma, which provides several updates to the spend management suite's business shopping experience, according to a press release. New features, which will be live on Nov. 11, 2018, include user-based search recommendations; a new user interface that offers "two-click-and-a-buy" capability; and integration of punch-out pricing directly into search results. Puma also includes updates to Jaggaer's Advanced Sourcing Optimizer that link supplier management with ASO, as well as provide new tools for in-event reporting (e.g., side-by-side comparisons of suppliers, between scenarios and across regions) and cross-event data exploration (e.g., year-to-year performance tracking and month-to-month supplier comparisons).

“Eighty percent of users want to get in and out fast, and back to their day jobs," Jaggaer CTO Zia Zahiri said in the press release. "They want a solution that doesn’t tie them up with repetitive search exercises, is intelligent and delivers results in real time. Puma sports new features like progressive disclosure checkout and guided buying, accessible through a new user interface, and powers the capability of LivePrice Plus, released in 18.2. Users will be able to source from a local catalog, punch-out or group purchasing organization, with results returned in a single view. Our objective was to present the B2B user with an experience that rivaled the best-of-breed consumer shopping experiences.”

Turvo Plans a Lot for Logistics

Logistics software startup Turvo has plans to do what other providers in this space haven’t tackled — connect wide swaths of the logistics supply chain, from transportation management to freight booking, payments, tracking and communications, The Wall Street Journal writes. Many in the growing field of logistics technology startups take on one component at a time, the Journal reports. Turvo just had a $60 million round of funding, and the Journal talked to the lead investor.

Cargill Grows Turkey Blockchain

Food industry giant Cargill says blockchain reporting on its turkeys’ farm-to-table journey is expanding this year, Supply Chain Dive notes. Farmers want to join the program, which is expanding from a pilot in Texas last year to 30 states where turkeys are raised for the Honeysuckle White brand.

“Cargill is making meaningful investments in technologies like blockchain to digitalize our food and agricultural supply chains in ways that benefit the entire industry and help our customers,” said Debra Bauler, chief information officer of Cargill Protein and Salt, in a press release.

U.S. Adds Russia Sanctions

And finally, an update on sanctions: The U.S. added sanctions against Russia, Ukrainian groups as well as individuals for the occupation of Crimea, a region in Ukraine, CNBC reports. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin plan to attend Sunday’s World War I memorial in Paris.

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