Afternoon Coffee: TalentWave Partners with iWorkGlobal, Remembering Bar Code Inventor Robert Hall

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TalentWave, a provider of independent workforce engagement technology, announced Tuesday it had formed a new partnership with iWorkGlobal, a provider of workforce management services, according to a press release. The collaboration will help TalentWave extend its reach beyond North America, allowing businesses to manage independent contractors, small suppliers and payroll workers regardless of location.

Hall’s Legacy 

An industrious inventor who passed away in November 2016 is gaining greater recognition for his achievements after the New York Times discovered it had missed his death announcement while editing an obituary about him prepared in advance, according to the Boston Globe. Dr. Robert N. Hall contributed to the development of both the microwave oven and bar code scanning while he worked as a research scientist for GE.

Another Recession? Not Until 2020 

A Wall Street Journal survey of private-sector economists found that most forecasters agree the current economic expansion will likely continue until 2020. Some 59% of those surveyed chose 2020 as most probable start of a recession, with an additional 22% selecting 2021. A majority of the economists (62%) said an overheating of the economy that leads to tightening by the Fed will probably cause the next downturn.

Mother’s Day

And finally, an agricultural update for the upcoming holiday: Rationalization of the flowers supply chain is putting strain on the cold chain used to deliver them ahead of Mother’s Day, Supply Chain Dive reports, leading to a spike in spot rates for refrigerated van services.

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