Afternoon Coffee: Uber Drivers Remain Independent Contractors, PMI Hits 6-Year Low

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Uber will continue classifying its drivers as independent contractors, not employees, as part of settlements in two class action lawsuits brought against the company in California and Massachusetts. Uber will pay as much as $100 million to drivers in the case as part of the settlement.

The flash manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) fell in April to its lowest level in six-and-a-half years. The index reached 50.8 in April, down from 51.5 in March, due to lower output and new business growth and smaller growth in employment.

General Motors said it will shut down operations at four North American production plants for two weeks as it assesses the damage to its supply chain following the Japan earthquakes. The plants are located in Tennessee, Canada, Ohio and Kansas.  

A new report from DHL points to the growing use of artificial intelligence in the supply chain, specifically for the transportation of goods both domestically and internationally. Autonomous supply chains could provide “unimaginable levels of optimization,” in manufacturing, the report said.



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