Afternoon Coffee: twago Launches Enterprise Talent Management System, German Courts Allow Diesel Ban

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Randstad-owned twago announced Wednesday the launch of twago enterprise, a talent management system that integrates into an organization's existing vendor management system (VMS) and managed service program (MSP) processes, according to a press release. The offering is a talent pool system that acts as a direct sourcing channel for enterprises.

"When we started working on the development of the twago enterprise offering, we had the vision to create a software as a service solution for talent pool management that would integrate easily and holistically into existing vendor management system (VMS) and managed service program (MSP) processes," says Thomas Jajeh, CEO of twago. "Our goal was to improve the workforce management of large-scale companies and to reduce operating costs over the long term. With the deep expertise and breadth of the Randstad organization, we have succeeded in achieving this goal."

Diesel Ban 

A federal court in Leipzig ruled that German cities Stuttgart and Düsseldorf could ban diesel vehicles on their streets as a way to reduce pollution, the Wall Street Journal reports. The ruling will likely be a death knell for the technology, forcing German automakers to accelerate their shift to electric and self-driving cars.

AI Accelerator  

Chinese e-commerce company is launching a new Beijing-based accelerator program for artificial intelligence and blockchain startups, according to TechCrunch. Called AI Catapult, its first batch includes six companies: Bankorus, CanYa, Bluezelle, Nuggets, Republic Protocol and Devery.


And finally, an economic update: Revised Q4 GDP for the U.S. matched expectations at 2.5%, CNBC reports, driven by strong consumers spending and increased imports. Economists expect further stimulus from December’s tax cut to push the economy into 3% growth territory by the end of the year.

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