Afternoon Coffee: NAFTA Talks Stalled on U.S. Auto Demands, A New Blockchain Alliance for Procurement

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The U.S., Mexico and Canada have missed a key deadline to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) within the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. The three nations have reached a stalemate over rules governing auto production. In particular, the so-called “America First” provisions that President Trump wants in a new deal have met stiff resistance from the other sides. With no further ministerial meetings scheduled, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the NAFTA countries “are nowhere close to a deal.”

Announcing BiSCA 

A new alliance will focus on applying blockchain to planning, procurement, transportation and warehousing, according to Supply Chain Dive. Called the Blockchain in Supply Chain Alliance (BiSCA), the group, which consists of 13 members (nine permanent and four rotating seats), includes the University of Denver and the U.S. Air Force.

Sourcemap Partnership

Supply chain transparency platform Sourcemap announced Monday that the Green Electronics Council (GEC) had selected the provider to modernize its flagship program, the EPEAT Registry, according to a press release.

“The EPEAT Registry is a website used by large-scale purchasers globally to identify credible, cost-effective and innovative IT products,” Sourcemap said in the announcement. “Sourcemap will redesign the site from the ground up, improving purchasers’ ability to identify sustainable IT products by specific environmental and social criteria.

Eurozone Manufacturing 

And finally, an economic update: Manufacturing activity in the eurozone hit a slowdown in May, FXStreet reports, with the IHS Markit manufacturing PMI for the region sliding to 55.5, a 15-month low.

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