Afternoon Coffee: China to cut foreign tech; How to fix lease spend mismanagement

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In a move that could impact IT biggies like Dell, Microsoft and others, China has ordered all government offices and public institutions to “delete” foreign computer equipment and software within three years.

A report by Financial Review called this the first publicly known instruction with specific targets given to Chinese buyers to switch to domestic technology vendors. CNN said in a related report that it had tried to contact the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Council Information Office but there was no response.

Don’t miss this tech primer on fixing lease spend mismanagement

“With every department in a business juggling leasing terms, financing and renewals for things like warehouses, offices, computers, supplies, furniture and fleets, it’s a daunting task to think any single department could manage it all,” writes Spend Matters Editor JP Morris in an article published today. “These are some reasons why lease spend isn’t managed well. But technology has developed to the point that it would be unthinkable to leave all of that spend unmanaged.”

For details on those key technology advancements, read more here.

Renewable energy for supply chain could save 1 billion MT of emissions

A survey by charity CDP Global One has shown that around 1 billion metric tons of emissions savings could be made if suppliers to 125 of the world’s largest companies increased their use of electricity generated by renewables by 20 percentage points, according to Logistics Manager.

Those surveyed included Walmart, L’Oréal and Samsung Electronics, and have a supply chain base of 7,000 suppliers. The average proportion of renewable electricity that suppliers buy makes up 11 percent of their total electricity consumption.

Dropshipping is one of six 2020 global trends in warehousing

Indigo has outlined six trends to watch out for in warehouse technology for 2020. A report in Supply Chain said e-commerce and direct-to-consumer growth will continue to transform the fulfillment operations of retailers, manufacturers, plus their wholesalers and 3PLs. Many manufacturers and wholesalers have already started dropshipping and have dis-intermediated their retail partners. This trend will accelerate next year.

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