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Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Delivers First Package by Drone, Finding Cost Savings for the F-35

Amazon shipped its first package via Prime Air last week, a notable step in the e-commerce giant’s quest expand its logistics network through drone delivery. Avionics infrastructure and electronics manufacturer Harris Corp. announced Tuesday it had achieved major cost savings and delivery milestones for avionics supporting the F-35. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Tradeshift Adds AI Layer to Platform, Border Tax Would Deepen Divisions Between Manufacturers and Suppliers

Tradeshift announced Monday the release of a “smart interface for B2B commerce” called Tradeshift Ada. The proposed Republican tax overhaul would deepen divisions between big manufacturers and the thousands of smaller companies that supply them. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: BravoSolution Unveils BravoAdvantage 17, Genpact Acquires Rage Frameworks

BravoSolution announced this week the launch of the latest version of its procurement platform, BravoAdvantage 17. BPO firm Genpact announced recently it had acquired Rage Frameworks, a company offering knowledge-based automation technology and services providing artificial intelligence (AI) for enterprise clients. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: US-EU Trade Deal Still Alive, SAP Ariba Announces Plans for Procurement Bot

Despite public opposition from both sides of the Atlantic, a temporarily tabled US-EU trade deal is still alive, a US diplomat said earlier this week. SAP Ariba unveiled plans at its LIVE conference Wednesday for an “enterprise digital procurement bot powered by artificial intelligence." Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Sears Holdings in Jeopardy, Low-Cost Manufacturing… in the U.S.?

Sears and Kmart are the latest brick-and-mortar stores struggling to stay financially afloat in an e-commerce world. Parent company Sears Holdings has said that there is “substantial doubt” whether the two retailers will survive. Changing supply chain economics has meant that companies are beginning to look to the U.S. for lower-cost manufacturing. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Afternoon Coffee: Whole Foods Tightens Tuna Sourcing, VW’s New Cloud-Based Truck Ecosystem

Whole Foods is holding itself to a higher bar when it comes to sourcing tuna. The natural foods supermarket chain released new tuna sourcing guidelines, which require suppliers to use software that tracks the tuna supply chain from vessel to can, monitoring for any unauthorized fishing. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in procurement and supply chain.

Afternoon Coffee: Meat Processors Under Investigation, U.S. Manufacturing Output Up 0.5%

Talk about news that leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. The BBC reports that Brazil’s largest meat processors are accused of having sold rotten beef and poultry for years. Investigators alleged that the companies used acid and other chemicals to mask the quality of their products, in addition to using potato, water and cardboard paper as fillers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Afternoon Coffee: Fed Confirms First of Several 2017 Rate Increases, Tungsten Brings Paperless Invoicing to India

The Federal Reserve is raising short-term interest rates and will continue to lift them this year as the economy improves. Tungsten announced Wednesday it now offers the capability to send and receive legally-compliant electronic invoices for services and excise across India. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Beeline + IQN to Operate Under Beeline Brand, Aerospace Industry Backs Border Tax

Beeline and IQNavigator announced Wednesday that the two companies will operate under the Beeline brand starting in April. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) sent a letter to Congress Tuesday expressing strong support for measures it described as “comprehensive reforms of our tax code.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: New Study Identifies Top Sources of Supply Chain Complexity, Ford Touts CSR Achievements

A new study conducted by APICS and Michigan State University addresses the increased complexity of today’s supply chain flow, which supply chain leaders cite as the top challenge they face. For the eighth consecutive year, automaker Ford was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump to Review Car Emissions Regulation, Intel to Pay $15.3B for Mobileye

President Donald Trump will meet auto executives and workers near Detroit on Wednesday, beginning the process of reexamining the Obama administration’s vehicle efficiency standards. And Intel has agreed to pay $15.3 billion for the Israeli technology company Mobileye, which specializes in making sensors and cameras for driverless cars. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Afternoon Coffee: Coca-Cola’s Supply Chain Goes Mobile, Old St Labs Partners With Vodafone

Coca-Cola is encouraging small retailers to use a mobile app in sending order requests to local distributors, who bid on the deal – and then gig workers are enlisted to help with delivery. As Alan Boehme, the company's chief innovation officer for global IT, put it, “In the white spaces in the ecosystem between partners, bottling facilities and consumers, there’s an opportunity for disruption.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.