The Afternoon Coffee Category

Afternoon Coffee: National IPA Forms Omnia Partners, What to Expect from NAFTA Negotiations

The National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance announced Wednesday it had formed Omnia Partners, a shared services company dedicated to government, education and the private sector. Delegates from Canada and Mexico are coming to Washington Wednesday to begin discussions for revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Target Acquires Grand Junction, Britain Proposes Interim Customs Agreement

Target announced Tuesday it had acquired Grand Junction, a technology firm that Target has previously worked with to expand its same-day delivery capabilities. Britain has proposed setting up an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Riskmethods Forms Partnership with Accenture, Trump Mulls Launching Trade Probe on China

Riskmethods announced recently it has formed a partnership with Accenture to accelerate the delivery of data and consulting on risk management. The Trump administration will determine whether to launch an investigation into if Chinese trade practices are forcing U.S. firms operating in China to turn over intellectual property. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Medium-Duty Electric Trucks About to Hit the Road, Solar Eclipse to Alter Trucking Schedules

California-based startup Chanje is getting ready to sell its first medium-duty electric trucks within the next few weeks. Here’s a supply chain disruption you may not have been prepared for: Several states have adjusted their freight transportation schedules to avoid expected traffic increases during the upcoming solar eclipse. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: New Details on Tesla’s Electric Semi-Truck, JDI Mulls Partnership to Shore Up Revenue

Tesla's pending long-haul vehicle will be able to drive autonomously and move in “platoons” that follow a leading vehicle. Japan Display is slashing nearly 30% of its global workforce and considering a partnership in China or Taiwan. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: WorkMarket to Acquire OnForce, Belgium Confronts Another Egg Scandal

WorkMarket announced Wednesday that it has acquired OnForce from The Adecco Group for an undisclosed amount. A poisonous insecticide has forced the Belgian government to call an emergency egg meeting, an uncomfortable reawakening of a 1999 egg crisis. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Retailers Spend Big Bucks to Lobby Against Border Tax, Copper Prices Hit Two-Year High

Retailers Target and BestBuy spent more in the first of half of 2017 than all of 2016 on lobbying, specifically to stop a proposed border adjustment tax. A weaker dollar boosted copper prices to their highest level in two years Monday, hitting $2.9265 a pound at one point during the session. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: West Coast Ports and Dockworkers Agree to Contract Extension, Proactis Completes Acquisition of Perfect Commerce

Dockworkers have reached an agreement with West Coast port operators to extend their labor contract by three years, to July 2022. Proactis confirmed in a disclosure Monday that it had completed its acquisition of Perfect Commerce. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Toyota and Mazda Plan $1.6 Billion US Investment, Mercedes-Benz to 3-D Print Parts for Trucks

Toyota and Mazda announced Friday they would jointly build a $1.6 billion factory in the U.S. Mercedes-Benz announced Wednesday it is using 3-D printing to create metal spare and replacement parts for trucks. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Boeing Nears Parts Deal with Spirit, MBO Partners Announces API Integration with SAP Fieldglass

Boeing is close to establishing a deal for parts from Spirit AeroSystems that the aerospace manufacturer believes will deliver long-term savings. MBO Partners announced Tuesday it has completed a beta stage of a new API integration with SAP Fieldglass. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Pernis Oil Refinery Fire Pushes Fuel Prices Higher, Sovos Acquires E-Receipt Compliance Solution Paperless

A fire at the largest crude-oil refinery in Europe last weekend has disabled the facility for possibly the rest of the month. Sovos, a global tax compliance and reporting provider, announced Wednesday it had acquired Paperless, a Chile-based e-receipts and e-documents company. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Aluminum Use in Vehicles May Grow Slower than Previously Forecast, Manufacturers Expect Surge in Wearables Adoption by 2022

The search for an ever lighter vehicle is leading designers to consider a patchwork of materials, including aluminum as well as magnesium, carbon fiber and new, lighter forms of steel. Previously rosy forecasts projecting the long-term supremacy of aluminum have adjusted as a result. A digitally connected plant floor is becoming a necessity for modern manufacturers, leading them to adopt wearable technology in droves. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.