Author Archives: Nick Heinzmann



Afternoon Coffee: U.K. Says Russia was Behind June Cyberattack, May and Merkel Meet to Discuss Brexit

Russia executed the June “Petya” cyberattack that crippled firms including FedEx, Maersk and Merck, according to British officials. With the Brexit deal stuck again in a near deadlock, British Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to Berlin Friday to meet with her German counterpart Angela Merkel. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump Administration Reveals Infrastructure Plan, Winter Olympics Hit by Cyberattack

President Trump unveiled his infrastructure spending plan Monday, which aims to turn $200 billion of federal money into $1.5 trillion to fixing America’s deteriorating infrastructure. The opening ceremony of the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics was hit by a cyberattack. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Whole Foods Asks More of its Suppliers, Where AI Could Help at the Olympics

The Amazon-owned Whole Foods is putting more pressure on its suppliers to offer bigger discounts and pony up for prime shelf space. The 2018 Winter Olympics may be the last such event that does not involve some form of artificial intelligence in the evaluation process. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Business Launches in France, Norway’s Olympics Team Seriously Bungles Egg Order

Amazon Business announced Wednesday it has extended its service to companies in France. Chefs for Norway’s Olympic team ended up with for more than they bargained for when they accidentally ordered 13,500 extra eggs for athletes at their South Korean base. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: FEMA Contractors Come Under Scrutiny, Blockchain Goes Mainstream

FEMA’s contractor selection process has come under scrutiny as details emerge about how the agency responded to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico. While Spend Matters has been covering blockchain and its potential use in supply chains since 2015, distributed ledger technology is finally getting its due with big business. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Basware Appoints Eric Wilson to Lead North America Operations, Upwork Captures Momentum with Enterprises

Source-to-pay provider Basware announced last week it had appointed Eric Wilson to lead the company’s operations in North America. Global freelancer platform Upwork announced Tuesday that cumulatively more than $4 billion of spend has been transacted through the platform. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: China Opens Sorghum Anti-Dumping Investigation, Ships are Contaminating British Coast with Palm Oil

In a sign of mounting trade tensions, China has opened an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into sorghum imports from the U.S. Ships are regularly dumping large quantities of noxious palm oil off the coast of Britain without legal consequences. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon is Testing its Own Delivery Services, Toyota Digitizes its Supply Chain Planning

Amazon is now testing an expanded delivery service that would put it in direct competition with FedEx and UPS. Toyota announced Wednesday it is switching to a cloud-based system to manage its automotive demand and supply chain processes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Tipalti Adds PO Matching to AP Platform, Several Retailers Named in Bread Price-Fixing Lawsuits

Payables automation provider Tipalti announced Wednesday it had added purchase order (PO) matching to the platform’s end-to-end AP workflow. Loblaw, Walmart, Sobeys, Metro and Giant Tiger were allegedly involved in a price-fixing scheme for bread sold at their stores. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.