Afternoon Coffee: KPMG, Spend Matters on Self-Service in Procurement; U.S.-China Trade; Walmart Has 1st Sustainability Report

Pierre Mitchell, Spend Matters chief research officer, will join analysts from KPMG (Annie McMillan, Martin Kaestner) to discuss "how procurement leaders can implement and enhance the concept of employee self-service across different channels with immediate, actionable impact" in an upcoming webcast titled "Extreme self-service in procurement is coming!"

Be sure to read up on the discussion agenda and register for free right here.

'Let’s Meet Halfway on Trade,' China tells U.S.

China has requested the United States to meet it halfway to salvage a deal that could end their trade war. China’s chief negotiator is in Washington for two days of talks hoping to solve the U.S. tariff issue.

Walmart's Project Gigaton goes as planned

Walmart released its first ever Environmental, Social & Governance Report in which it claimed to have cut down its Scope One and Two emissions (which cover its own operations) by 6.1% in 2017, compared to 2015 levels.

The retail giant also forecast that its suppliers and the supply chain overall were well on track to reduce their emissions by 1 billion metric tons by 2030. So far, 1,000 suppliers have signed on to participate in Walmart's Project Gigaton.

State Dept. has approved Patriot system sale to Bahrain

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has revealed that the State Department had green-lit the sale of the Patriot air defense system to Bahrain, a deal worth about $2.4 billion.

Bahrain had requested two AN/MPQ-65 radars and two AN/MSQ-13 control stations with nine launchers, 60 PAC-3 MSE and 36 GEM-T missiles, and associated equipment and services.

Why a PFG meat brand had to set up an entirely new supply chain

These days, meat consumers are not concerned only about the lowest price of the meat they buy.

What interests them is also knowing about the attributes of the meat they are buying.

Because of its commitment to quality, one of PFG's fastest growing meat brands, Braveheart Black Angus Beef, had to put up distinct product procurement, traceability, and supply chain processes to achieve their promise of superior flavor and tenderness.

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