Author Archives: Sally Ehrmann



Afternoon Coffee: Warehouse employment at all-time highs with e-commerce shift; Air IT acquires MSP Netstar; California fires, Gulf hurricanes

In today's headlines, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said warehouse employment is at an all-time high because of the trend of e-commerce fulfillment during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other news, Air IT, an IT and communications specialist, acquired MSP Netstar, a managed IT services provider. Also, California and Louisiana are bracing for natural disasters and supply chain disruption as fires and a possible hurricane threaten to hit this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: California courts order Uber, Lyft to classify drivers as employees; Child-labor widespread in cocoa harvest; Coca-Cola’s new operating model, brand cuts

In today's headlines, a California appeals court ruled last week that Uber and Lyft need to classify their drivers as employees, a huge decision for the contingent workforce and gig worker market. In other news, the U.S. Department of Labor released a report showing the statistics of child labor and the cocoa industry. Also, Coca-Cola released a new operating model while announcing it's cutting half of its brands. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Walmart sues federal government over opioid crisis; Supplyframe survey says supply chains return to capacity in a year; PRO Recap: Pactum, Bullhorn survey, EasyKost, procurement’s new influence

In today's headlines, Walmart sued the federal government over a possible federal civil suit related to the opioid crisis. Walmart fears the federal suit would say that it didn't do enough to prevent some opioid prescriptions. In other news, the solution provider Supplyframe released data showing 32% of supply chain professionals think global supply chains will return to full capacity within six to 12 months. Also, Spend Matters' PRO analysts this week offered research on Pactum, a Bullhorn survey, EasyKost and issues to help procurement practitioners move beyond spend influence. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: New unemployment claims fall; Tradeshift data shows purchase orders and invoices grow to pre-pandemic levels; Shift from physical stores to e-commerce fulfillment centers a headache

In today's headlines, first-time U.S. unemployment claims fell to 787,000 last week. In other news, new Tradeshift data shows that purchase orders and invoices grew to pre-pandemic levels in the third quarter. Also, a GlobalTranz survey showed that 41% of companies felt unprepared to handle the shift into e-commerce fulfillment centers from COVID-19. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

SIG Summit discusses why diversity and inclusion matter in the contingent workforce

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in 2017 that 55 million people in the U.S. are gig workers, compromising about 34% of the workforce. That number is expected to become 43% in 2020, and probably higher with COVID-19 placing pressure on traditional work environments.

These numbers show the need to take a critical examination of the contingent workforce and its diversity/inclusion practices. A SIG Global Executive Summit discussion aimed to provide procurement professionals with tangible information and tips for increasing diversity and inclusion within the contingent workforce.

Afternoon Coffee: Coupa launches diversity and inclusion spend portal; Stampli Direct Pay debuts; JPMorgan creates smartphone card reader

In today's headlines, Coupa announced it's launching a new diversity and inclusion portal to help companies find diverse suppliers. In other news, the AP automation specialist Stampli announced a new payment solution that could be an alternative to virtual credit cards. Also, JPMorgan launched its new QuickAccept card reader to create faster, cheaper payments for small businesses. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Justice Department files antitrust lawsuit against Google; SAP survey: 1-in-4 Americans want to quit their jobs; CVS looks to hire 15,000

In today's headlines, the U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In other news, SAP released a survey showing new insights into the workforce, finding that a quarter of working Americans want to quit their job. Also, CVS wants to hire 15,000 employees to help with COVID-19 testing and possibly a vaccine rollout. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Fed Chair Powell cautious on cross-border digital currency for U.S.; Coupa-American Express partnership expands to U.S.; Billtrust goes public

In today's headlines, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. doesn't need to be the first country to implement cross-border digital currency, rather they want to get it right. In other news, Coupa announced it will now have virtual card capabilities with partner American Express in the U.S. market. Also, Billtrust, a B2B payments specialist, will go public with a valuation around $1.3 billion. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Industrial production falls 0.6% in September; From cow manure to truck fuel; PRO Recap: MBO Partners’ acquisition, Fraxion, Catalant, Beyond Spend Influence Series

In today's headlines, the Federal Reserve announced that industrial production fell 0.6% in September, indicating the economic rebound from the recession has faltered. In other news, dairy company Arla Foods is on a mission to turn cow manure into fuel for its delivery trucks. Also, we have a Spend Matters PRO recap from the past week with analysis of an MBO Partners acquisition, spend under management, Fraxion and Catalant. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

SIG Summit tackles digital transformation, procurement tips for start-ups in its last day

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The Sourcing Industry Group held its third and final day of its 59th SIG Global Executive Summit on Thursday, where professionals came together to network and learn about trends happening in procurement.

In this post, we'll focus on one session about digital transformation and one on procurement tips for start-up companies.

SIG Summit discusses sustainability and storytelling in procurement

The Sourcing Industry Group continued with its 59th Global Executive Summit on Wednesday with discussions about how procurement professionals can help their organizations by using the latest ideas and technology.

Topics discussed in the Summit’s second day included procurement transformation, ROI, adventures of procurement in the year 2020, and automating taxes.

But we’re going to focus on two of the day’s topics that may not come to mind when thinking about procurement: sustainability and storytelling.