Afternoon Coffee: Kraft Names New CEO; Fed Agencies Open to New Procurement Tech Options

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“Kraft Heinz Co. named a new chief executive,” reported the Wall Street Journal (paywall), former AB-InBev CMO Miguel Patricio, “a fellow veteran manager of companies backed by investment firm 3G Capital LLC to succeed Bernardo Hees amid weak sales and a federal investigation into the food giant’s procurement practices.”

Federal agencies start looking at non-traditional tech procurement options

Chief of National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator Doug Maughan told attendees at a conference Monday that many federal agencies had changed their acquisition strategies in order to engage small businesses and the innovation community in a better manner.

Maughan told those gathered at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference that Other Transaction Authority was the most well-known nontraditional procurement method, the National Science Foundation published its “10 Big Ideas” in late 2017 looking to shake up the way it invests in tech pilots.

Currently, the Foundation is focused on the first two ideas in its pilot program —harnessing the data revolution and the future of work.

Rutgers MBAs will get more opportunities in supply chain management in Canada

Rutgers University has signed a partnership agreement with the Supply Chain Management Association by which graduates of Rutgers Business School's MBA in Supply Chain Management program will gain advanced standing toward SCMA's Supply Chain Management Professional designation.

The SCMP designation is frequently required for recent graduates or professionals looking to work in supply chain management for companies in Canada.

‘Frisco company KeepTruckin gets more funds

The San Francisco-based developer of truck and cargo hardware and software KeepTruckin has raised $149 million in Series D funding, with Greenoaks Capital having led the round.

Founded in 2013, the company has about 55,000 unique customers. It said it would use the latest investment to double its employee headcount to 2,000 in the next 12 to 18 months.

Houston Methodist signs supply chain partnership with Medline

An integrated partnership between Medline & Houston Methodist will find new ways to leverage supply chain logistics and industry expertise.

"This partnership will allow us to take a more deliberate look at how those products are coming into the system and being utilized," says David Peck, vice president of supply chain management at Houston Methodist. "Teams are now working closely with Medline to design new ways to improve clinical and financial outcomes to make us an even stronger system."

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