Afternoon Coffee: DuPont to stop PFAS purchasing; Avetta wins Gold Stevie award; Japan moving fast on grocery supply chain challenges

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Reuters reports that DuPont will stop purchasing or using firefighting foams made with a controversial class of chemicals called polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by the end of 2021. The chemicals have been used for years in products like Teflon and other non-stick products as well as in firefighting foam, leading to massive contamination of water systems (especially in this editor’s backyard — and entire home state — of Michigan).

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iranian procurement networks

The U.S. has sanctioned five Iranian companies for supplying equipment for the regime’s weapons of mass destruction programs.

"As the Iranian regime attempts to use complex schemes to hide its efforts to bolster its WMD program, the U.S. government will continue to thwart them at every turn," said U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker.

Avetta nabs award, named ‘Great Supply Chain Partner’

Supply chain risk management provider Avetta has won the Gold Stevie award in the 'Supply Chain Management' category, a prize given out by the International Business Awards. Avetta was also named as one of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners of 2019 by SupplyChainBrain. (All of this augments Avetta’s having garnered one of the most important distinctions in the biz — being one of Spend Matters’ 50 Providers to Know in 2019.)

“We are honored to win these awards, but the real winners are our customers,” said John Herr, CEO of Avetta. “This recognition motivates everyone at Avetta to keep finding ways to help our clients find qualified contractors, so they can reduce risks and keep their employees safe every day they work.”

Largest clean energy procurement project initiated in Hawaii

Hawaiian Electric Industries’ subsidiaries have implemented the largest renewable energy procurement initiative. This will help the state achieve its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2045, halting coal usage and reducing dependency on imported oil for power generation. By doing this, Hawaiian Electric wants to generate nearly 900 megawatts of new renewables or renewables paired with storage.

Japan serves as an example of automation for U.S. grocers

Japan may have copied the convenience store concept from the U.S. way back in the 1970s, but today, it has adopted it as its own. Even though, like its counterparts in the U.S., it faces labor shortages and supply chain challenges, Japan has moved fast and implemented the RFID, which has cut down on checkout lines and more, according to a sponsored article in GroceryDive.

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