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Afternoon Coffee: Tyson Buys McDonald’s Chicken Nugget Supplier, Excel Still Holds Mindshare as ‘Supply Chain System’

Tyson Foods is shifting its sales strategy toward restaurants with its acquisition of Keystone Foods, which supplies chicken nuggets and fish fillets to McDonald’s. More than two-thirds of respondents in a recent survey by Adelante SCM said they consider Excel a top tool for supply chain management. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump Says ‘No Rush’ to Reach NAFTA Deal, World’s Top Pork Supplier Rushes to Contain Swine Fever

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement need not be rushed, President Trump said Thursday, emphasizing that a deal without major breakthroughs was not worth pursuing. WH Group, the world’s largest pork supplier, was ordered by the Chinese government Thursday to shut a major slaughterhouse to stop the spread of deadly African swine fever. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Commodities Roundup: GOES Imports Drop, Rusal Sanctions Crunch and U.S. Raw Steel Production Jumps

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, our MetalMiner editors scour the landscape for what mattered this week.

Beeline and New Mountain Capital: A Conversation With Doug Leeby (Part 2)

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Beeline’s recent acquisition by private equity firm New Mountain Capital has certainly been the biggest event in the contingent workforce and services sector this summer. To learn more about what the acquisition means for Beeline and the workforce management software market in general, we caught up with Doug Leeby, CEO at Beeline, to get both his insider scoop and expert perspective.

In Part 1 of this Q&A, we discussed New Mountain’s approach to managing its portfolio companies and how that could affect Beeline’s growth in the near term. Today, in the conclusion of this exclusive conversation, we examine the competitive dynamics between Beeline and its largest rival, SAP Fieldglass, and explore the three most important industry trends Leeby is focused on.

Afternoon Coffee: China Sending Trade Envoy to Washington, SwanLeap Named Fastest-Growing Company for 2017

The U.S.-China trade war saw signs of reprieve Thursday as China announced it is sending an envoy to Washington for talks. SwanLeap, a company being called the “eBay of Freight,” took the top spot in Inc.com’s annual list of America’s fastest-growing companies. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

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.

Mitigating Trade War Risks: Do Procurement Organizations Have the Data Needed to Respond?

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What’s the best tool procurement organizations have to mitigate risks in the U.S.-China trade war? In a word, data. The Trump administration’s Section 232 and 301 probes have led to billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs, igniting a U.S.-China trade war. And the tit-for-tat duties are only likely to escalate: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in July published a list of additional Chinese goods to tax — to the tune of $200 billion. With everything from vaccines to nuclear reactor parts to metals beyond steel and aluminum up for consideration, escalating trade tensions have introduced numerous unforeseen risks into procurement and supply chain organizations.

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.

The Amazon Prime Effect: Rising Expectations for E-Commerce Delivery and Fulfillment

If the 100 million-plus shoppers who pay $119 a year for fast shipping via Amazon Prime are any indication, a smooth and expedient delivery and fulfillment process is crucial to e-commerce success. And expectations are rising. According to a recent survey of 3,000 online shoppers from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., younger generations are particularly critical, with less than half of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 saying that they receive their orders on time and in perfect condition. These findings are published in a new report from Radial, “The Everyday Essentials of Successful E-Commerce Fulfillment.”

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.

Commodities Roundup: Down Auto Sales, Chinese Capacity Cuts and Slowing Steel Price Momentum

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For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. From price movements to policy decisions, our MetalMiner editors scour the landscape for what mattered this week.