Afternoon Coffee: DHL Warns of Supply Chain Talent Shortage Crisis, Apple Promises to Build New Manufacturing Plants in U.S.

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After surveying more than 350 supply chain and operations professionals in five global regions, DHL told Post&Parcel Tuesday that the gap in supply chain talent and skills has evolved into a crisis. The survey revealed the top factors driving the talent shortage were: changing skill requirements; an ageing workforce; companies not taking steps to create or feed their future talent pipeline; and a perception that supply chain jobs lack excitement.

Trump Courts Apple 

President Trump said Tuesday Apple has committed to building three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump provided no additional details on when or where those plants would be built, and Apple declined to comment further.

Your Supply Chain Could Send You to Jail 

The U.K. government is investigating whether it should apply more stringent labor standards to supply chains as a whole, according to the Guardian. Under consideration is whether to use rules that would hold brands jointly liable for labor infringements down the supply chain, including by recruitment agencies.

Chlorinated Chickens 

And finally, some trade news: A dispute over food safety is becoming a sticking point for in a potential U.S.-U.K. trade deal, MarketWatch reports. Brits are having their feathers ruffled at the prospect of importing chickens washed with chlorine, a common practice in the U.S. that is banned in E.U. nations.

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