Afternoon Coffee: South Korea Agrees to Amend U.S. Trade Deal, Amazon Eyes French Grocery Market

South Korea has agreed to amend its trade deal with the United States, Bloomberg reports. The Trump administration had charged the current agreement is one-sided, causing the U.S. trade deficit to balloon. The U.S. efforts will likely focus on the auto industry, one of the main sources of tension.

Amazon's Ambitions 

Amazon’s plans to disrupt the grocery sector appear to be international in scope. As Reuters reports, French supermarket operator Leclerc has been approached by the Seattle-based technology group over possible logistics partnerships. Amazon has reportedly approached several French supermarket operators about forming distribution deals or making an acquisition in the country.

Google’s Autonomous Ships

Meanwhile, another Silicon Valley tech giant is making moves in another part of the logistics sector. According to Port Technology, Google has agreed to help Rolls-Royce train its autonomous ships in object detection. The systems will also aid crews during manned ship navigation.

Services Sector 

And finally, an economic update: Services sector activity in the U.S. picked up to a 12-year high in September, the Wall Street Journal reports, as the Institute for Supply Management’s index of nonmanufacturing activity rose to 59.8 from 55.3 in August.

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