Author Archives: Sally Ehrmann



Afternoon Coffee: Jaggaer breaks down the 100-day Biden supply chain review; EPA targets food-waste reduction; Bars in San Francisco face beer shortage

In today's headlines, Jaggaer Vice President Roger Blumberg analyzed the Biden administration's 100-day supply chain review. In other news, the US Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to make food waste reduction an important metric of the Biden administration’s efforts to reduce climate emissions. Also, San Francisco bars are facing a beer shortage. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

The Hackett Group outlines five essential business capabilities for digital transformation

Digital transformation is one of those buzzwords that is thrown about in procurement as a common trend that is accelerating at a high pace. Buzzwords are great, but it’s not always clear how they fit into the industry. But new research from The Hackett Group identifies five business capabilities that companies can deploy to improve their digital transformation journey.

Afternoon Coffee: Coupa and Accenture discuss business impact of Covid pandemic; Polaris updates manufacturing, sales strategies; Containerboard production at full capacity

In today's headlines, executives at Coupa and Accenture discussed the business fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, how the two firms cooperate to help clients, and the personal self-care that people need to do as the Covid crisis wanes. In other news, sports vehicle producer Polaris has changed its manufacturing and sales strategies on the fly to deal with shortages of materials and parts. Also, data from the American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA) suggested that the containerboard industry is producing close to full capacity. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Stanley Black and Decker to invest in battery, computer chip suppliers; Tropical depression hits Southeast US; American Airlines has shortages affecting flights

In today's headlines, power tool producer Stanley Black and Decker announced that it is investing in partnerships with battery and chip manufacturers to ease the pressure on the tool maker’s supply chain. In other news, Tropical Depression Claudette is disrupting the Southeastern United States, specifically North Carolina. Also, American Airlines announced it canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend because of staffing shortages, maintenance and other issues. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Home Depot gets its own shipping boat; Bike supplies face shortage; PRO recap: SupplHi, Kodiak Rating, and SAP Ariba vs. SirionLabs

In today's headlines, as port congestion, container shortages and coronavirus outbreaks slowed shipments for Home Depot, the company decided to get its own shipping boat. In other news, Halfords, a UK-based bike company, said it is facing challenges with bike supplies as Covid restrictions lead to surging demand and lockdowns in Asia hit manufacturers. In Spend Matters' PRO coverage this week, analysts looked at SupplHi, Kodiak Rating, and SAP Ariba vs. SirionLabs for contract lifecycle management. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Heat wave strains Texas power grid; Fed gives new insights on interest rates, inflation; GM, Ford invest in electric vehicles

In today's headlines, the electric power grid manager for most of Texas has asked users to dial back their energy consumption to avoid an emergency as a heat wave hits the state. In its meeting Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised its expectations for inflation this year and provided insight on the time frame of when it will raise interest rates. Also, General Motors and Ford announced new investments in electric and autonomous vehicles. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: US and EU suspend tariffs in Boeing-Airbus dispute; LSQ and Spend Matters to host early-pay financing webinar; Forced labor and global supply chains

In today's headlines, the United States and European Union announced they resolved a 17-year-long dispute over aircraft subsidies of Boeing and Airbus, agreeing to suspend tariffs for five years. In other news, LSQ and Spend Matters are hosting a webinar showcasing tips and insights for early-pay financing options. Also, Sourcemap's CEO discusses the biggest issue in supply chains — forced labor — and what to do about it. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Women in Procurement Wednesday: Dawn Andre on solving procurement puzzles and being a continuous learner

While many first jobs for teenagers involve sitting poolside or babysitting, some lucky people find their passion at 15 or 16 years old. Jaggaer’s Executive Vice President of Product Management, Dawn Andre, fell in love with sourcing and logistics at her first job when she worked for her family’s retail company.

Read the latest in the "Women in Procurement on Wednesday" series, featuring Dawn Andre!

Afternoon Coffee: Coupa targets ESG capabilities; Germany focuses on sustainable supply chains; WSJ research shows companies that can survive supply chain shortages

In today's headlines, Coupa added more insights into fostering and measuring a company’s environmental, social and governance efforts (ESG) to its platform. In other news, German officials passed a supply chain act last week that paves the way for stricter regulation over human rights and environmental issues. Also, a Wall Street Journal report detailed which companies might be able to weather the supply chains storm using data. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Business report outlines sustainability trends in e-procurement; USDA to invest $4 billion in food supply chain; J&J vaccine contamination

In today's headlines, Amazon Business on Monday released its first “B2B E-commerce in Evolution” report, showing that sustainability is a growing priority for buyers. In other news, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a plan to invest over $4 billion to improve the food supply chain. Also, The Food and Drug Administration told Johnson & Johnson that about 60 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine produced at a Baltimore factory cannot be used because of a contamination issue. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: 2021 Global Category Management Study needs input; Solar power industry stalls installations over supply chain bottlenecks; PRO recap: EcoVadis, Vendorful, and spend analytics/Seinfeld

In today's headlines, the Future Purchasing and Henley Business School 2021 Global Category Management Study is seeking participants for its category management research. In other news, global solar power businesses have slowed down project installations because of supply chain bottlenecks. In Spend Matters' PRO coverage, analysts looked at EcoVadis, Vendorful, and spend analytics. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: MineralTree adds analytics and visualization; Tipalti adds AP feature; JBS pays $11 million in ransom after hack

In today's headlines, AP automation provider MineralTree announced the addition of an integrated analytics and interactive visualization tool to its software. In other news, Tipalti, a global payments automation platform, announced new AP capabilities for its platform that help growing companies track AP operations in subsidiaries or acquired entities. Also, the world's largest meat supplier, JBS, paid about $11 million in ransom after its recent cyberattack. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.