Author Archives: Nick Heinzmann



Afternoon Coffee: DHL Warns of Supply Chain Talent Shortage Crisis, Apple Promises to Build New Manufacturing Plants in U.S.

After surveying more than 350 supply chain and operations professionals in five global regions, DHL told Post&Parcel Tuesday that the gap in supply chain talent and skills has evolved into a crisis. President Trump said Tuesday Apple has committed to building three big manufacturing plants in the U.S. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Business Reaches 1 Million Business Customers in U.S., Supply Dynamics Secures Market Entry Capital for Industry 4.0 Solution

Just a little past its second birthday, Amazon Business announced Tuesday it has reached more than one million business customers since launching in April of 2015. Supply Dynamics, a provider of technology solutions designed to address the challenges of supply chain complexity in highly distributed manufacturing environments, announced Tuesday it had received new capital investment to accelerate market entry and expansion for the company. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Why Procurement’s Persistent Tail Spend Problem is Now Finally Solvable

Tail spend frustrates many procurement groups. It’s messy, it’s complex and it’s time-consuming to tackle. Inking big deals and keeping stakeholders happy seem like far better priorities for the typical category manager, since that’s how he can turn executive heads and make his daily life simpler. At least, that’s how it used to be. These days tail spend is trending — and for good reason. Here are three reasons why this persistent thorn in procurement’s side is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Afternoon Coffee: Discussion for US-UK Trade Deal Begin, Amazon Dreams Up Underwater Warehousing

U.K. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox arrived in the U.S. Monday to begins talks for a trade deal. Amazon’s latest patent would take the retailer somewhere most online shoppers — or procurement professionals, for that matter — rarely go. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Companies not Prepared for Weather-Related Supply Disruptions, Rumors of a Long Brexit Transition

Even though the number of supply chain disruptions from extreme weather have increased by 29% since 2012, many companies are falling short in their efforts to plan for and assess the risks of these incidents. Reuters is reporting that British finance minister Philip Hammond told the board of Goldman Sachs he is pushing for a lengthy transition period after the U.K. leaves the European Union. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Following Through on Responsible Supply Chain Claims, The Costs of Ditching Diesel

A new report says that four out of five executives claim to have a “responsible” supply chain, yet less than one-quarter of their companies have policies in place to address issues such as child slavery and climate change. As part of their Clean Air Action plan, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach plans to eliminate its dependency on diesel fuel to power vehicles on the docks. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Apple’s Supply Chain Limits the iPhone’s Growth Potential, Chipotle Suffers Another Food Safety Scare

In order to keep up with demand for Apple’s flagship product, the company can’t “include any technology or source any part if it can’t be made more than 200 million times a year,” limiting Apple’s ability to innovate or compete on new features. After slowly recovering from a norovirus incident in 2015, burrito chain Chipotle suffered another setback after it temporarily closed a restaurant Monday in Sterling, Virginia, following reports of illnesses. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: SCM Software Market Valued at $13 Billion, UK Land Registry to Investigate Potential of Blockchain

The SCM market will exceed $13 billion by the end of 2017 and reach $19 billion by 2021, according to new research from Gartner. In another signpost for blockchain adoption, the U.K. Land Registry — the agency that retains the official details of all real estate and land ownership — said in a press release Tuesday it would explore potential uses for the distributed ledger technology. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

3 Essential Concepts that will Enable True Workforce Transformation

As businesses gear up to enact company-wide digital transformations, many firms are realizing that these strategies must first start with their workforce. But now that the foundation for this new approach is clear, the next question is how to execute these initiatives. To craft a successful digital workforce strategy, you'll need to fully understand the tools with which you'll execute it. Here are the three essential technology concepts you need to know about — and how they're already changing the way businesses source and manage work.

Afternoon Coffee: Tesco to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals in its Clothing Supply Chain, Coupa Partners with TripActions

The environmental group Greenpeace announced Friday that retailer Tesco is working to eliminate 11 groups of hazardous substances from its F&F clothing brand. Coupa will bolster its travel and expense management capabilities by partnering with TripActions, an “end-to-end corporate travel solution.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Supply Chain Efficiencies Boost Target’s Earnings, Honda Recalls 1.2 Million Accords

Target gave Thursday what the Wall Street Journal called a “rosy earnings outlook, citing tax benefits from its supply-chain operations.” Faulty battery sensors that can short and catch fire are forcing Honda to recall 1.2 million Accord midsize cars. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Wal-Mart to Punish Suppliers for Early, Late and Other Delivery Flaws; Daimler is Being Investigated for Emissions Cheating

Retail giant Wal-Mart is stepping up pressure on its suppliers to get fulfillment perfect — or else pay a fine. Daimler executives have been summoned to Berlin to explain possible diesel-emissions cheating in two of the company’s engines. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.