Tropical Storm Barry closes New Orleans port; Talmix targets CVs, resumes; Wax Digital in SolutionMap

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Tropical Storm Barry, which may develop into a hurricane, has closed the Port of New Orleans to cargo and cruise traffic as heavy rain hits Louisiana, the news website reports. Flooding and other problems from the storm are being anticipated.

Talmix offers Talent Passport to replace resumes

Talmix, the London-based independent talent sourcing and management solution, announced the launch of Talent Passport “to replace CVs and resumes for talent on its network, increasing the richness of data for every user.” A press release says it “combines information from multiple sources to create a single and complete view that will allow more precise and faster matching of skills to opportunities.”

Talmix CEO Sandeep Dhillon noted in the release: “We were always encouraged to distill our entire career history into one page. That’s the wrong approach for a flexible and mobile workforce that needs to carry its full skillset into every work situation.”

Talmix reports that it serves over 40,000 users, and its solution is covered in the Spend Matters SolutionMap that evaluates business solutions for the direct sourcing and management of independent contract workers. See how it ranks here.

Wax Digital in SolutionMap

With Spend Matters’ recent release of the Q2 2019 SolutionMap, our UK/Europe Editor Nancy Clinton has caught up with European companies who are scored for their procurement solution capabilities and customer feedback, then ranked alongside competitors.

She talked with Wax Digital, a UK firm that is ranked in E-Procurement and Sourcing. Our analysts know the company for being one of the few providers with a platform built entirely in-house on one code base and for advancing its solution since it was founded in 2000. Wax Digital improved in the SolutionMap rankings this quarter, and Wax Digital Director Daniel Ball said, “What has really made a difference is an even more acute focus on something that is in our DNA — customer success.”

Read more from Ball and the full Spend Matters story here.

Reverse auctions becoming popular with procurement professionals

Supply Chain Dive reports that the use of reverse auctions by procurement suppliers and purchasers is on the rise. Reverse auctioning is when potential suppliers attempt to underbid each other to win a contract. A report by Scout RFP, a digital sourcing and reverse auctions solutions platform, emailed to Supply Chain Dive, said that from 15% in 2003, the percentage of respondents reported using this method has risen to over 50%. An advantage that draws people in to reverse auctioning is it's a big time saver, reducing prices and getting more suppliers involved per purchase.

Mastercard and OpenText join to ease automotive supplier onboarding

OpenText, a B2B service provider, and Mastercard have formed a partnership in an attempt to integrate companies and global suppliers, according to Together they will offer a single interface that allows users to connect to suppliers securely, with over 210 million registered entities.

“The system is designed to facilitate integrated payments and enhance the management of vendor master data,” the article states. “Suppliers will be able to manage risk, accelerate cash flow and secure financial transactions with improved digital identity.”

Nike will open $184 million Arizona manufacturing plant

Reuters reports that Nike Inc. will continue to set up a manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Arizona, even after the state’s governor withdrew an incentive package of $1 million. He acted after Nike chose to cancel its sneaker release with the Betsy Ross flag design, for reasons they stated as “unintentionally offend[ing] and detract[ing] from the nation’s patriotic holiday.” Nike did not mention this loss when making a statement on its new facility, where it plans to generate more then 500 full-time jobs with its new plant.

Commerce Department seeks inputs to stop online sale of counterfeits

The Department of Commerce is trying to combat the sale of counterfeit goods online by seeking input from intellectual property rights holders and online third-party marketplaces for advice on what leads to these sales, Supply Chain Dive reports. After “the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union’s intellectual property office (EUIPO) released a report in March saying counterfeit goods now account for 3.3% of global trade,” the DOC employed help to understand if there are any technological or policy solutions, and if information-sharing or government data could help stop these sales.

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