Afternoon Coffee: Walmart Plans to Use AI in Battle with Amazon; No Truck Driver Shortage, Says BLS

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Walmart is using artificial intelligence to build up better on-demand delivery to compete with the likes of Amazon. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has concluded that a truck driver shortage does not exist, after analyzing the market. And BMW has cited the trade war between the U.S. and China, exchange rates, and prices for raw material as reasons for the decision to cut costs and jobs. Afternoon Coffee: the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Public Spend Tips: Prep for All Types of Meetings to Help Land Government Contracts

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I’ve called this meeting about government contracts with you, the reader, to check in with Public Spend Forum, a sister site of our, to see what’s going on in public procurement. PSF has a list of tips and advice on something that seems simple but is widely derided: having a meeting. Meetings can be successful if you know what you’re trying to accomplish. And that takes knowing the different types of gatherings that acquisition pros might attend in a week — customer meetings, informal meetings with prospective contractors, formal meetings with suppliers and contractors, negotiations, source selection meetings, post-award contract kickoff meeting, and contract closeout meetings.

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