Afternoon Coffee: U.S. keeps cutting Huawei ties; GEP wins Best Procurement Technology Award

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U.S. legislators introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that proposes giving telecom providers a grant of $700 million to meet the cost of removing Huawei equipment from their networks.

A statement by the Senate said the legislation also seeks to block the use of equipment or services from Chinese telecoms firms Huawei and ZTE in next-generation 5G networks.

GEP wins ‘Best Procurement Technology Award’ in London

GEP announced that its cloud-based source-to-pay platform, SMART by GEP, "won the Best Procurement Technology Award at the 13th Annual World Procurement Awards in London,” according to a release out today.

"This award reflects the trust that our customers place in our products and the value they get when they choose SMART by GEP," Subhash Makhija, CEO and co-founder of GEP, is quoted as saying. "Our clients want to explore opportunities to reshape their business operations with powerful new technologies, such as AI, cloud, big data analytics and IoT — with SMART by GEP, we've brought all of it together in a single, unified platform for digital supply chain and procurement transformation."

See how Spend Matters analysts — and GEP’s customers — rank GEP in our latest SolutionMap.

And read more analysis on how GEP stacks up against its competitors in related stories at the bottom of this article!

Kroger, Walgreens back Loop’s launch of 'waste-free' e-commerce platform

The circular shopping platform developed by recycling company TerraCycle, Loop, has launched its e-commerce site, and founding partners Kroger and Walgreens are on board.

The list of vendors that have now developed multi-use packaging designed to be purchased, returned (via UPS), cleaned, refilled and resold has grown to roughly 25, including founding vendors Unilever, Mars, Nestle and PepsiCo.

SpaceX’s new lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force

SpaceX has brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force challenging its decision last October to award development contracts to its competitors, thereby excluding SpaceX.

SpaceX’s bid protest with the Court of Federal Claims challenges the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s decision to deny SpaceX a Launch Service Agreement contract, calling it “arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law.”

Ageism hits pilot program for operating commercial vehicles

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is against a proposed pilot program from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that will permit drivers aged 18 to 20 to drive commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa is quoted as saying in a statement, that the safeguard of allowing only younger drivers with military experience afforded by Congress back in 2015 "was an important step towards counter-acting the enormous safety risks inherent with having teenagers running tractor trailers across long distances."

Get off my lawn, you teens! And stay out of my rig while you're at it…

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