Afternoon Coffee: AllWork Launches Job-Matching Platform for Beauty Industry, Steelmaking Coke Prices Surge

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AllWork, a work platform that enables consumer brands to place brand/product freelancer specialists into assignments at retail stores, announced the launch this week of its beauty job-matching platform, AllWork Beauty. The company calls the offering “the first nationwide platform built specifically for the beauty industry, by the beauty industry.”

As Andrew Karpie explained earlier this year, AllWork represents a new, unique product that continues the trend of online work intermediation platforms evolving beyond the original freelancer marketplace and crowdsourcing models. If you are a contingent workforce manager at a consumer brand/product company, “this is probably a cool and potentially beneficial solution you may want to check out for your business,” especially given the recent developments.

Steel Disruption

A cyclone in Australia and the Chinese suspension of North Korean coal imports have caused coke prices to spike dramatically, Nikkei Asian Review reports. Benchmark spot prices reached roughly $330 per ton, rising 30% from February to hit a high last seen in December 2016.

Vietnam Cancels Steel Plant

In other steel news, Vitenamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered a halt to work on a major steel plant, citing environmental and other concerns, according to ABC News. Risks of a chemical spill topped the list of reasons given for nixing the $10.6 billion complex.

Oil Rigs

And finally, an oil update: New reports of rising output and an increase in oil rigs caused oil prices to drop the most since March, the Wall Street Journal reports. Signs that the global oversupply of oil may abate are becoming harder to find, traders said.

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