Afternoon Coffee: Trumps Hints at Separate Trade Deals with Canada and Mexico, Uber’s Fleet Mode Targets Small Trucking Fleets

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With a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement by the end of this year off the table, President Trump has signaled that he now would prefer to negotiate separate bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico rather than continue a three-country discussion, the New York Times reports. The two countries have opposed the idea as cumbersome and unnecessary.

Uber Freight

Uber Freight has announced a new offering that provides motor carriers with multiple trucks to more efficiently manage operations and increase productivity, according to SupplyChain 24/7. Called Fleet Mode, the tool allows “carriers and their dispatchers to find, book, and reassign the best loads for their team,” Uber wrote in a blog post.

Riskmethods Intregrates with IntegrityNext

Supply chain risk monitoring provider riskmethods announced Tuesday it had added new sustainability and compliance features through an integration with IntegrityNext, according to a press release. The add-on helps companies to adhere to international standards such as UN Global Compact, OECD, ISO, GRI and more.

“The Risk Intelligence Add-on based on IntegrityNext allows us to extend our risk coverage within the area of sustainability and compliance with risk indicators such as anti-bribery, environmental protection, human rights and labor, health and safety, quality management, conflict minerals and cyber security,” said Heiko Schwarz, founder and managing director of riskmethods. “We’re also excited about the real-time social media monitoring capability of IntegrityNext, which monitors public opinion and sentiment of supply chain actors, a critical reputational risk to companies.” 

Retaliatory Tariffs

And finally, a trade update: Mexico has hit back against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs with its own set of duties on a variety of products, Reuters reports. Mexico’s list included a 20% tariff on U.S. pork legs and shoulders, apples and potatoes, as well as 20%–25% duties on types of cheeses and bourbon.

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