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Afternoon Coffee: Holiday Hiring Ramps Up Early, Chicago Leads Warehousing Boom

The pace of hiring for the temporary holiday workforce is ramping up earlier and faster than ever this year. Meanwhile, the greater Chicago area has been the sight of much of the logistics boom spurred by the growth of e-commerce retailers such as Amazon. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

‘Ask Spend Matters’ Lightning Round: Marketing Spend, Public Procurement and Finding a Contractor

As we work behind the scenes to turn Ask Spend Matters into a more regular feature, we thought we’d chip away at a few of the reader questions we’ve been sitting on. As managing editor Taras Berezowsky promised last month those who have submitted a question but not heard back, we haven’t forgotten about you! Today’s lightning round edition, if you will, tackles three specific questions on the value versus price debate in marketing spend, where federal agencies find their suppliers and how to find a young person to prepare those boring databases.

Afternoon Coffee: Mexico Reels After Deadly Quake, Toys R Us Tries to Assure Suppliers Amid Bankruptcy Filing

More than 200 people were killed in Mexico Tuesday after a deadly earthquake struck the area around the capital city. Toy retailer Toys R Us officially filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, ending weeks of uncertainty for toy companies. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Caribbean Braces for Hurricane Maria, Ford Partners to Expand in India

As this year’s historic hurricane season marches forward, the Caribbean is bracing for another blow, this time from Hurricane Maria. Ford announced Monday it is forming a three-year partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra to “explore potential areas of collaboration on new technologies and retail sales.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Q&A With Graham Wright, IBM’s VP of Global Procurement: It’s Not the 80s Anymore

When the term “global” is in your title, chances are you’re going to be a jet-setter. That’s indeed the case for IBM’s Vice President of Global Procurement and IBM Procurement Services Graham Wright, who is based in the U.K. and has been ping-ponging around the planet on behalf of the Global 100 giant for the last several years. Between meeting with clients and presenting at conferences, Wright made some time to catch up with Spend Matters about how he and IBM see the state of procurement technology within our increasingly digitalized business ecosystem.

Afternoon Coffee: GM SUV Plant Faces Strike, Icertis Launches Sourcing Application

General Motors has failed to reach an agreement with a Canadian union on a new contract, leading its members to strike. Contract management provider Icertis announced Monday it is launching a new application for sourcing, Icertis Contract Management (ICM) Sourcing. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Why Sand is Becoming a Competitive Commodity, Tesla to Reveal Semi-Truck in October

West Texas has been for decades known for its vast oil reserves. But these days another commodity is attracting potential suppliers: sand. After months of rumors, Tesla announced this week it is tentatively set to reveal its electric semi-truck in October. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Managing Wellbeing in the Global Supply Chain, Amazon Plans for Expansion in Mexico

Multinational companies are finding it increasingly difficult to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff in their ever-growing global supply chains. Amazon is boosting its presence in Mexico by opening a 1 million square-foot warehouse near Mexico City. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: ISM and Thomasnet.com Open Nominations for Fourth 30 Under 30 Program, Toshiba Mulls Sale of Chips Unit

The Institute for Supply Management and Thomasnet.com announced Tuesday they are seeking nominations for the fourth annual "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program." Toshiba said Wednesday it is considering selling its chips unit to Bain Capital alongside chipmaker SK Hynix. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Oh Sugar, the EU is coming!

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Spend Matters welcomes this guest post from Nick Peksa, opportunities director at Mintec.

One dark night in 1775, Paul Revere road his horse through the streets of Massachusetts shouting, “The British are coming!” While this may not be factually correct, I would like to be the first to shout, “Oh Sugar, the E.U. is coming!”

Upwork’s Work Without Limits Executive Summit: A Retrospective

Before the unofficial end of summer, I had the opportunity to attend Upwork’s first Work Without Limits Executive Summit in San Francisco. Upwork, the largest global online freelancer marketplace in terms of gross payment volume (effectively, spend), has earned a place on Spend Matters 50 to Watch list two years in a row, so many eyes are on the company. The focus of the summit was actually Upwork Enterprise, Upwork’s online freelancer sourcing and services solution for enterprise-scale organizations (from midsize to Fortune 500 firms).

Afternoon Coffee: What to Expect from iPhone 8 Event, Aquiire Purchases Rights to Technologies from Zakta

Apple is holding the 10th anniversary event for the iPhone Tuesday, at which it is expected to unveil the latest version of the flagship smartphone. Aquiire announced Tuesday it has purchased the rights to machine learning and collaborative search technologies from Cinncinati-based Zakta. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.