Author Archives: Spend Matters Team



Afternoon Coffee: Coupa partners with PayPal, Stripe, TransferMate, Citi; Orderful raises $10M; Trade issues weigh on manufacturers

Coupa, the provider known for business spend management (BSM), has bolstered its payments capabilities with four deals announced Wednesday at its Las Vegas event, Coupa Inspire. Orderful raises $10 million to modernize B2B supply chain network. A survey says manufacturers see trade issues as a top concern for their business. Apple acquires a self-driving vehicle startup. Afternoon Coffee: It pays to learn about procurement and supply chain news.

SirionLabs’ customer reviews are in the new SolutionMap Customer Insights report

This week’s SolutionMap Customer Insights report focuses on customer reviews for SirionLabs, a specialist in contracts. Its applicable SolutionMap categories for this report are in Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Contract Services/SOW.

SolutionMap Insider members can click here to read about SirionLabs in our latest report. In each Customer Insights report, we provide a one-page summary of feedback that includes ratings on how well the vendor meets user expectations, three key differentiators for the vendor and a list of quotes about the vendor’s greatest strengths.

Afternoon Coffee: New Post Office Weight Pricing; More Tariffs May Harm Tech Innovation; Coupa Adds On

United States Postal Service (USPS) has put into effect new dimensional weight pricing. Experts tell Supply Chain Dive that additional tariffs on products from China could hinder U.S. tech innovation. Coupa expands its AWS relationship and adds capabilities. Afternoon Coffee provides the latest updates on procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: U.S.-China trade war fallout hits tech; Shopify launches fulfillment network

The rising tensions in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is severely testing a complex relationship — especially in technology. Santa Clara-based Nvidia Corporation and one of the leading brands in trucks, Volvo, have come together to work on autonomous truck and other commercial vehicles technology. And e-commerce company Shopify has unveiled products such as “a fulfillment network and digital inventory optimization tool.” Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Procurify raises $20 million; U.S.-Iran tension hurts ExxonMobil’s Iraq deal; Walmart wants autonomous vehicles for ‘middle mile’

Procurify, a cloud-based spend management vendor based in Canada, raised $20 million in a Series B funding round and said in an announcement that it plans to grow its team and expand into global markets. The United States' tensions with Iran are causing problems for ExxonMobil's deal in Iraq, Reuters reports. And in logistics, Walmart looks for autonomous vehicles to help it in the "middle mile." Afternoon Coffee goes the extra mile for news about procurement and supply chains.

Afternoon Coffee: Fiverr report sizes up freelancer market; Details on U.S.-China talks; Airbus upset by Boeing 737 MAX deal

Fiverr, the online freelancer services marketplace, has released its second annual “The Independent Workforce: Sizing the Market in the United States” study. The report estimates the population size and income of U.S.-based freelancer/independent workers. On trade talks, China states its case as negotiations with the U.S. are set to resume. As the Paris Air Show winds down, Airbus airs displeasure with Boeing's 737 MAX deal with British Airways' owner. Afternoon Coffee: The latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Apple Inc mulls shifting suppliers out of China; ASCM’s new supply chain ethics standards

in light of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Apple asked some of its major suppliers to calculate the cost of moving 15% to 30% of its supply chain from China to Southeast Asia. The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) has put out newly drafted standards to help customers better understand the ethical, ecological and economic aspects of their supply chains. And a new artificial intelligence supply chain solution helps not only predict but manage the shortage in the supply of drugs, inflation and reimbursements. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Tradeshift’s customer reviews are in the new SolutionMap Customer Insights report

This week’s SolutionMap Customer Insights report focuses on customer reviews of Tradeshift, which is known for its marketplace service, global invoice processing, payment capabilities and financing support. Tradeshift’s applicable SolutionMap categories for this report are in E-Procurement, Invoice-to-Pay and Procure-to-Pay.

Afternoon Coffee: MBO Partners’ latest look at U.S. gig economy; Hackett Group reveals procurement investment priorities

A new report by the Hackett Group has revealed that procurement organizations were prioritizing the transformation of digital technologies in specific areas. MBO Partners published its 9th annual “State of Independence” report, representing the longest-running study of the independent workforce in the U.S. And Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia warns against China cyber threats. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Intel reviewing global supply chain; Huawei saga continues

Intel Corp. is taking another look at its global supply chain in the wake of the tariff war between the U.S. and China. American chip suppliers to Huawei have been quietly lobbying with the U.S. government to lift the ban. And Noble Supply and Logistics has received a $90 million contract with the Defense Logistics Agency. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Fiverr’s post-IPO share price bump; Walmart, other companies urge Trump to solve trade crisis

With share prices nearly doubling by the end of the first day of trading, Fiverr's IPO looked to be off to quite a start. Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and over 600 other companies have written to President Donald Trump to resolve the trade dispute with China. And on the heels of Gap and H&M, Ralph Lauren has also committed to a sourcing goal for sustainable cotton. Afternoon Coffee: your source for procurement and supply chain news.

7 Steps to Better Government Market Research

Doing better government market research is the latest topic from Public Spend Forum that we’ll address in Spend Matters’ weekly look at public sector procurement. PSF, a sister site of ours, has published articles addressing four of the seven steps for better government market research. It also offers free tools and templates that you can use to improve your market and supplier research outcomes. Let’s look at the full list and then delve into the details on the first four steps.