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Afternoon Coffee: Walmart Aims for ‘Zero Waste’ by 2025, Australia Confronts Worsening Drought

Walmart is working to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills, pledging to hit “zero waste” by 2025. Farmers in Australia are battling a crippling drought, with water reserves dangerously low in some areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Proactis Acquires Esize Holdings BV, Amazon Targeted in Federal Procurement Spat

Proactis announced last week it would acquire Esize, a Netherlands-based provider of end-to-end procurement software, for €15.2 million. The bid to move all of the Defense Department’s data onto the cloud is causing a stir with big-name IT companies, which are saying the contract was tailor-made for Amazon. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Suppliers Struggling to Meet Demand Amid Parts Shortage, Beeline Partners with CXC Global

U.S. manufacturing is booming, but suppliers are failing to keep up with demand due to shortages of parts and labor. Beeline announced last week it had formed a partnership with contingent workforce compliance solution specialists CXC Global. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trade War Maroons Soybean Shipment in Pacific for a Month, New York City Caps Uber Licenses

Bulk carrier Peak Pegasus has been circling China for a month unable to unload its $20 million shipment of soybeans due to the U.S.-China trade war. New York’s City Council passed legislation Wednesday that caps the number of for-hire vehicles for a year while the city studies the effects of the ridesharing industry. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: IBM-Maersk Blockchain Initiative Gains Steam, Japan Heatwave Strains Beverage Supply

The IBM-Maersk blockchain initiative dubbed TradeLens got a boost Thursday when the companies announced the venture now includes 94 key supply chain participants. Food and beverage companies are scrambling to maintain supplies of frozen desserts and cold drinks in Japan, which has suffered an unusually long heatwave this summer. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: White House Announces Another $16 Billion of China Tariffs, Voice-Activated Buying Remains Unpopular with Consumers

The U.S. will impose tariffs on another $16 billion of Chinese imports starting Thursday Aug. 23. Voice-activated assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices, may be popular tools for music playing and information retrieval, but no company has yet cracked the code of getting consumers to consistently buy things with these devices. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Concur Adds Airbnb Listings to Online Booking Tool, Honda Suspends Production at Celaya Plant

Concur announced Monday that its users can now view Airbnb listings directly within Concur Travel alongside hotel listings. Flooding at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico, production plant has forced the Japanese manufacturer to suspend production there until November. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Nestle Tracks Baby Food Ingredients on Blockchain, Honda Looks to Expand Supply Base

Nestle is collaborating with IBM and a host of other food manufacturers to test blockchain’s ability to trace the source of the fruits and vegetables that go into its products. A cultural shift is afoot at Honda, the Japanese car maker known globally for its reliance on internally developed technology. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: West Virginia Tests Blockchain at the Ballot Box, China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs

Blockchain certainly has seen its share of hype as a potential fix for numerous procurement and supply chain problems, but West Virginia is testing the hot technology for a different use case: voting. In the latest in a series of escalating tit-for-tat trade measures, China announced plans Friday to impose $60 billion of new tariffs on American goods. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Cummins Recalls Trucks Over Faulty Part, Kraft Heinz Pushes to Make All Packaging Recyclable

Engine maker Cummins voluntarily recalled 500,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks due to faulty controls creating excess emissions of nitrogen oxides. Kraft Heinz said Tuesday it would aim to make all of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable globally by 2020. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Beeline Integrates Self-Sourcing with Crowdstaffing, Uber Shutters Self-Driving Trucks Unit

Workforce management software provider Beeline announced Tuesday it has integrated Crowdstaffing, a hiring marketplace that uses crowdsourcing techniques, into its platform. Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group will stop development on self-driving trucks and instead shift its focus solely to self-driving cars. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Tesla Mulls European Factory, Team of Almond Suppliers Back Blockchain Experiment

Tesla is exploring the possibility of building a major factory in Europe, expanding its production base — and it supply chain — beyond California and a planned China facility. An Australian bank and five major almond supplier have built a blockchain to trade and track 17 tons of the commodity. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.