Author Archives: Sally Ehrmann



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.

Afternoon Coffee: December PMI registers 8th consecutive month of growth; Autonomous robots fulfill Sam’s Club e-commerce orders; Fauci says US can vaccinate 1 million a day

In today's headlines, the manufacturing PMI registered 60.7% in December, indicating the eighth consecutive month of expansion for the economy. In other news, Sam's Club deployed autonomous robots to help fulfill its booming e-commerce orders. Also, despite a slow start to the US coronavirus vaccination effort, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the US will soon vaccinate around 1 million people per day. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: AvidXchange acquires Core Associates; European and Asian manufacturing ends year on high note; Google employees unionize

In today's headlines, AvidXchange acquired Core Associates, a construction payments company. In other news, Europe and Asia reported positive manufacturing numbers for the end of 2020, but experts are holding caution as some countries shut down for coronavirus spikes. Also, workers at Google and its parent company Alphabet unionized, a rare decision in the big tech world. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: PRGX Global is acquired; US explores how to roll out coronavirus vaccine faster; UK and EU reach Brexit trade deal

In today's headlines, the French private equity firm Ardian has acquired the spending analytics provider PRGX Global for $195 million. In other news, the US government is exploring the effectiveness of giving half doses of the coronavirus vaccine to adults 18 to 55 to accelerate the pace of vaccinations. In Brexit news, the UK and EU reached a trade deal before the Dec. 31 deadline, ending a four-year saga. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: COVID-19 reshapes US employment; Retailers struggle to achieve one-day delivery; Icertis enters public sector

In today's headlines, the Wall Street Journal reported that COVID-19 shifted the US employment landscape, with more jobs growing in the warehouse and transportation industries. In other news, retailers were not able to achieve one-day delivery this year. Also, Icertis announced it's entering the public sector with a new offering for government agencies. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news, but we're taking a brief hiatus for the new year.

Afternoon Coffee: Facebook wants to launch new services feature; Nashville explosion leads to communications outages; Instacart is too expensive for grocers

In today's headlines, Facebook wants to build a services feature that would connect gig workers with users looking for home repair or freelance jobs. In other news, Friday's explosion in Nashville lead to communications outages and grounded air travel. Also, Instacart isn't a great partner to grocers because of the high commission it takes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: US sues Walmart over alleged role in opioid crisis; New jobless claims hit 803,000; PRO Recap: LevaData, M&A technology integration

In today's headlines, the US Justice Department sued Walmart over what it said is the retailer's role in contributing to the opioid crisis. In other news, weekly jobless claims rose to 803,000, which was better than economists expected. Also, Spend Matters' analysts looked at LevaData and the role of M&A technology integration in PRO coverage this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news, but we're going on hiatus for the holidays. We'll catch back up soon. Happy holidays!

Afternoon Coffee: Microsoft among companies hacked in SolarWinds cyberattack; US economy set to expand at record rate in Q3; Ice cream company to help COVID vaccine efforts

In today's headlines, Microsoft was one of the companies hacked in the SolarWinds Corp. cyberattack that affected the US government, but Russia's role and the extent of the fallout is still being assessed. In other news, the US economy is expected to grow at a record 33.4% rate in Q3, but economists are more wary of the end of the year numbers. Also, Dippin' Dots might be a part of the mass vaccination efforts with its ultra-cold freezers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Congress OKs $900 billion coronavirus relief package; Moderna COVID-19 vaccine ships; 2021 predictions for procurement technology

In today's headlines, after a months-long stalemate on a coronavirus stimulus bill, the US Congress reached agreement on a $900 billion economic relief package. In other news, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was approved on Friday and began shipping out today. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Jobless claims spike again; States sue Google; PRO recap: Bots and AI; Coupa and complexity; 5 stages to M&A technology integration

In today's headlines, weekly jobless claims totaled 885,000, the largest since early September. In other news, a coalition of states files antitrust lawsuits against Google. Also, Spend Matters' analysts looked at chatbots and AI, Coupa and complexity, and M&A integration technology in PRO coverage this week. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.