Afternoon Coffee: Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida; Best Buy preps for holiday season; Labor Day thoughts?

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Hurricane Dorian is now expected to hit Florida, bypassing Puerto Rico, and the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is “actively getting ready to help,” said Kathy Fulton, ALAN’s executive director, in a statement. The network has also issued an advisory. Additional suggestions and resources can be found on ALAN’s Hurricane Dorian micro-site, linked to from the statement.

Best Buy steps up on supply chain ahead of holidays

With an eye on the upcoming holiday season, Best Buy is on the move. It has three new metro e-commerce centers up and running ahead of the 2019 holiday season. That has set up the electronics retailer to reach 50 million people with free next-day delivery, reports CNBC.

For China, Tesla changes attitude to marketing

Elon Musk has often been quoted as saying his company does not advertise, instead using the funds to develop products. But Tesla seems to have changed its tune to push products in China, the world’s biggest electric vehicle market. The automaker is promoting racing events, showroom parties with DJs and a line of Chinese Tesla stickers for chat apps, reports Reuters.

Ryder makes leadership changes to fleet management businesses

Commercial fleet management company Ryder System, Inc. has announced John Diez, the President of its Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) business will take over as President of Fleet Management Solutions (FMS). Diez will replace Dennis C. Cooke, who is leaving Ryder to pursue other opportunities.

Should we forget or reinvent the meaning of Labor Day?

"By now, many of you will have already started your Labor Day weekend," wrote Andrew Karpie, Spend Matters' research director for services and labor procurement, last year. "Plenty of folks will have plans for the weekend, but I wonder how many of us will be thinking about the meaning of Labor Day? Very few, I suspect — even the workforce management or procurement professionals among us. I’m not trying to guilt anyone here. I’m just asking the question: Should we be thinking about it?"

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