Afternoon Coffee: Trump to Repeal Environmental Regulations, Honoring CIPS’ David Noble

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign two new executive orders Monday that repeal Obama-era regulations on water and carbon emissions from power plants, the Wall Street Journal reports. While the repeals could take years and are likely to be challenged in court, the actions suggest a new direction for the Environmental Protection Agency and the government’s approach to industrial regulation generally.

Remembering David Noble

Procurement professional around the world sent in tributes honoring David Noble, group chief executive of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), who passed away after Friday after a short illness. As Procurious writes, “Noble’s legacy to the procurement profession includes his adroit leadership of the world’s largest procurement and supply chain professional body and his championing of the Modern Slavery Act.”

Women Supply Chain Leaders to Gather in Chicago

The women’s leadership organization AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) is holding its fifth anniversary symposium in Chicago May 3–5. The event will provide two days of interaction and discussions and a third day of continued networking with options for unique downtown Chicago experiences.

Durable Goods Beat Expectations

And finally, your economic indicator of the day: Orders for durable goods rose in January by the largest amount in three months, CNBC reports. A metric tracking business investment, however, declined after two months of solid gains.

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