Author Archives: Nick Heinzmann



Afternoon Coffee: Tesla Unveils Electric Semi Truck, Keystone Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota

Tesla finally debuted its much-hyped electric semi truck Thursday evening, offering a challenger to diesel-powered models the company claims is safer and more efficient. The Keystone Pipeline sprung a leak Thursday in South Dakota, spilling 210,000 gallons of oil in a remote northeastern part of the state. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Rolls Royce Warns Brexit Could Disrupt its Supply Chain, Amazon to Sell Medical Devices and Supplies with New Licenses

New border checks that could be put in place in the wake of Brexit could disrupt Rolls Royce’s global supply chain. The new pharmacy licenses Amazon recently acquired will be used at first to sell medical devices and supplies. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

WorkMarket Partners to Offer Full Coverage Workers’ Compensation for Freelancers

WorkMarket has introduced a new insurance service that allows companies to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their independent contract workers, the company announced Thursday. According to the company, this is a “first-of-its-kind” service offering that was created in partnership with a leading insurance carrier. The new offering allows businesses that use the WorkMarket platform to extend workers’ compensation coverage to independent contract workers that the company engages through the platform.

Afternoon Coffee: Use of Supply Chain Fraud Analytics on the Rise, Lyft Expands to Toronto

The use of analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste and abuse risk has jumped to 35% in 2017 from 25.2% in 2014. Ride-hailing provider Lyft announced Monday it would begin operating in Toronto this year, its first international location. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Brexit Talks are Getting “Dramatic,” UPS Joins Blockchain Group

Frustrations are growing between the European Union and the United Kingdom over how much Britain owes the bloc. Logistics giant UPS has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, an industry group created to guide the development of blockchain-based data-security software in the transportation industry. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Leveling Up to E-Sourcing Mastery: A Collaborative Approach

With many procurement organizations using their solutions on only a quarter of applicable events, it’s clear that e-sourcing solutions have a ways to go to reach full adoption. From overwhelming practitioners with functionality to overemphasizing the prescriptions of industry analysts and consultants, e-sourcing providers have failed to help procurement realize the full benefits their solutions can offer. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Afternoon Coffee: Haribo Investigates Slave Labor Allegations at Brazilian Suppliers, Elemica Adds Predictive Intelligence to Platform

German candy maker Haribo said it was investigating allegations that plantations in Brazil were using slave labor in the harvesting of the palm leaves used to produce carnauba wax. Business network provider Elemica announced Tuesday the release of Elemica Pulse, a new solution that provides real-time predictive visibility from customer order to supplier delivery. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: EU Firms Expect to Ditch UK Suppliers After Brexit, Drone Trials Get Boost from FAA Waiver Program

A majority of EU companies surveyed by The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) said in a recent survey they would move at least some of their supply chains out of the UK after the country withdraws from the EU’s single market. The burgeoning drone industry got a boost from President Trump Wednesday after he signed an executive order designed to speed the approval of drone flights over crowds and for longer distances. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Apple Boosted by Strong iPhone Demand, Carmakers Plan Pan-European Charging Network

Despite some supply chain hiccups, Apple delivered its best quarterly growth in two years with strong iPhone sales and a turnaround in China. IONITY, a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen, plans to open a network of 20 electric vehicle charging stations to the public this year in Germany, Norway and Austria. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.