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

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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.

On the Amazon Robotics Challenge, Warehouse Automation and Expired Oatmega Bars

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Recently I was on the phone with a Target customer service supervisor, explaining that for the third time in a row, the Oatmega nutrition bars I ordered online had arrived past their expiration dates. If you haven’t heard of Oatmega bars, their nutritional content is thoroughly impressive, and the taste is pretty good, too (after all, it took three shipments of expired bars for me to stop buying them). But there’s one catch: The bars become progressively harder to bite into as the expiration date approaches. And so I was explaining all of this to the supervisor, who blamed it on the warehouses’ robots.

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