Afternoon Coffee: AB InBev & SABMiller Expected to Finalize Merger in October, Supply Chain Management Skills Needed in Retail

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Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller expect to complete their merger on Oct. 10. The two brewers announced a timeline to finalize the roughly $104 billion deal for the months ahead, which includes British court hearings on Aug. 22 and shareholder meetings Sept. 28.

Logistics and supply chain management knowledge and skills are increasingly in demand in the retail sector. Recruiters looking to fill e-commerce-focused retail positions say candidates now need to understand everything that is involved from the time a customer buys a product online to when the package is delivered.

While the U.S. manufacturing sector experienced growth in July, manufacturing in the UK fell last month, and by more than expected. Markit’s Manufacturing PMI came in at 48.2 for July, down from 52.5 in June. Reports point to the Britain’s decision to leave the EU as one factor dragging down the sector.

Uber is planning to invest $500 million to build its own mapping service, so drivers no longer have to rely on Google Maps. The ridesharing service already has mapping vehicles driving around the U.S. and Mexico and plans to add mapping cars in other countries soon.


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