Afternoon Coffee: Chicago Proposes ‘Sweeping New Powers’ for its CPO, Vroozi Introduces Free Trial for Mobile Procurement Platform

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a series of ordinances at the City Council meeting Wednesday that would grant sweeping new powers to Chief Procurement Officer Jamie Rhee, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. One of the proposals would divide the city into multiple geographic districts for the purposes of awarding city contracts and give the CPO “sole authority to determine the maximum number of contracts that may be awarded to any single contractor” in those districts, the ordinance states.

P2P provider Vroozi is releasing a free trial that will allow procurement users to use its mobile platform for 30 days, the company said in a press release. The trial will offer the whole end-to-end procurement cycle available in Vroozi’s solution and allow users to invite additional employees from within their organization to test-drive the system.

A capacity crisis and a rate boom are likely in the trucking industry next year, according to Commercial Carrier Journal. Factors including increasing regulations around electronic logging devices and greenhouse gas emissions standards combined increases in fuel costs and freight orders could drive the trends.

And finally, more bad news for Samsung and its Galaxy Note 7 phones. Airlines are banning shipments of the devices because of their tendency to catch fire. Knowingly carrying such equipment would violate International Air Transport Association rules and subject freight carriers to “repercussions,” an IATA spokeswoman told The Loadstar.   

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