Author Archives: Sally Ehrmann



Afternoon Coffee: SAP adds new leaders for marketing, customer success; Globality secures $138.3 million investment; Utmost gets moving in 2020

In today's headlines, SAP hired two new executives to rethink their marketing and customer success efforts. In other news, strategic sourcing provider Globality received a $138.3 million investment. Also, Utmost said it is making moves in the contingent workforce space with new customers and growth. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump administration revokes Huawei supplier licenses; FEMA convenes N95 makers; WHO director fears unequitable distribution of COVID vaccine

In today's headlines, the Trump administration is revoking licenses for some suppliers of the global telecommunications company Huawei from China. In other news, FEMA brought together the biggest makers of N95 masks to share information and protect against antitrust claims. Also, the World Health Organization's director general raised alarms about inequitable distribution of vaccines between the poorest and richest countries. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

$1.6 million no-bid computer deal for Chicago Public Schools raises issue of proper procurement amid COVID crisis

CPS computer deal

Procurement standards and processes obviously needed a layer of flexibility during the emergency coronavirus lockdowns last spring. But how flexible is too flexible, and where do governments need to draw the line to maintain open, honest and transparent buying processes when dealing with taxpayers’ money or emergency funding?

A procurement story with Chicago Public Schools seeking computers for remote learning highlights the point.

Afternoon Coffee: US retail sales fall despite holiday shopping season; Ironclad secures $100 million in funding; PRO recap: Marketboomer, Prewave and AP Automation

In today's headlines, US retail sales fell 0.7% despite the holiday shopping season. In other news, contract lifecycle management specialist Ironclad received $100 million in funding. Also, Spend Matters PRO analysts looked at Marketboomer, Prewave and AP automation this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: New unemployment claims soar; Payments firm Stripe ends deal with Trump campaign; Google addresses data privacy as it finalizes Fitbit acquisition

In today's headlines, the US Labor Department reported that new unemployment claims soared to 965,000 last week. In other news, sources close to the payments firm Stripe said it will no longer process payments and campaign donations to President Donald Trump's campaign website. Also, Google finalized its acquisition of Fitbit after months of deliberation and concern about health-data privacy. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Spend Friends podcast discusses the human side of supplier innovation

Despite its focus on technology, procurement innovation will shift the industry's attention to more of the human-centric side of doing business — specifically in supplier innovation, said Clive Heal, an innovator and keynote speaker at CRH Innovation.

Heal joined Spend Matters and CIPS in the second episode of the video podcast Spend Friends. It's a monthly talk hosted by Bill Michels, the VP of Operations — Americas at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) USA, and Pierre Mitchell, Spend Matters’ Chief Research Officer. Its goal is to focus on all procurement matters under the sun, like spend management, supply chain and other topics.

In the second episode, Michels, Mitchell and Heal discussed supplier innovation.

Afternoon Coffee: Visa acquisition of Plaid is canceled; The Smart Cube updates Amplifi PRO platform; Agiloft hires new chief product officer

In today's headlines, an attempted acquisition of the fintech offering Plaid by Visa was officially canceled after a yearlong effort. In other news, The Smart Cube released a new version of its on-demand digital procurement intelligence platform, Amplifi PRO. Also, Agiloft hired Andy Wishart, formerly of Thomson Reuters, as its new chief product officer. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Services PMI sees 7th straight month of growth; Decentralized distribution of COVID vaccine worries supply chain experts; Retailers’ headaches with online returns

In today's headlines, the services PMI — formerly known as the Non-Manufacturing NMI number — registered 57.2% in December, indicating a seventh consecutive month of growth. In other news, supply chain experts raised questions about the US decentralized COVID vaccine distribution plan — wondering how last-mile logistics of going from storage into people's arms will work. Also, major retailers are allowing consumers making online returns to keep the unwanted merchandise. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Small businesses set to receive PPP loans this week; General Electric’s wind turbine is reshaping the industry; Spend Matters and SIG team up to create services procurement survey

In today's headlines, small businesses are set to receive aid this week as the US government will begin distributing $284 billion in funding. In other news, General Electric's new Haliade-X wind turbine is the largest ever made and is set to disrupt the offshore wind industry greatly. Also, Spend Matters and the Sourcing Industry Group are teaming up to distribute a services procurement survey to answer some questions about the technology used in this category. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: US has more job losses than gains for first time since April; Businesses react to Capitol chaos; PRO Vendor Analysis recap: ChAI, EC Sourcing

In today's headlines, the Labor Department reported that employers cut 140,000 jobs last month, the first time losses outpaced gains since April. In other news, the business world reacted to the riots at the US Capitol by distancing themselves from President Donald Trump and firing employees who participated. Also, Spend Matters' PRO analysts looked at solutions from ChAI and EC Sourcing this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Washington DC mayor extends public emergency status; Jaggaer and Tealbook announce partnership; Weekly jobless claims fall to 787,000

In today's headlines, Washington, D.C. is under an emergency order through Jan. 21 after rioters breached the Capitol. In other news, Jaggaer and Tealbook announced a partnership to bring spend management and supplier data to customers. Also, weekly jobless claims fell. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

After this college freshman spent his COVID quarantine building a $200 million PPE supply chain, he’s ready for more

The whole world went into overdrive in the spring and summer to ensure proper supplies of key disease-fighting products. And although the world is shifting into a new procurement issue — the mass vaccination effort — PPE is still being relied upon to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Since Jack Yuan's company’s inception in early 2020, Tianchi has collaborated with hospitals, governments, nonprofits and businesses to help bring critical PPE to organizations around the world. It has already supplied more than 600 million PPE products and recorded a revenue of $200 million. The ability to create such a successful supply chain, especially as manufacturers around the globe were pressed thin, is remarkable.

And the college sophomore isn't planning on stopping anytime soon. Yuan talked with Spend Matters about PPE procurement and how the 19-year-old created a successful supply chain.