Afternoon Coffee: On “The End of Employees,” NAFTA Negotiations Loom

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Two pieces in the Wall Street Journal caught our attention this week in the procurement news sphere.

First, a longread for the weekend: “The End of Employees” explores the now seemingly entrenched trend of companies trying to hire as few full-time workers as possible, instead opting for contract labor. At first confined to the apparel industry and call centers, the practice is now easily found almost every U.S. industry.

“We will outsource every job that we can that is not customer-facing,” David Cush, the airline’s chief executive, told investors last March.

The fate of the American worker is still on the mind of the Trump administration, as well. The president met with lawmakers Thursday to kickstart efforts to renegotiate NAFTA, according to a WSJ report. While dates for formal talks have not been set, Mexico and Canada are preparing their positions for a possible retooling.

Procurement Tech Market Forecast

The global procurement software market to grow at a CAGR of 10.16% during the period 2017-2021, a press release from Research and Markets said. Consolidation of supply chain management processes is one key factor that driving the market, according to the report.

Jobs Report

Employers added 227,000 jobs to their payrolls in January, the New York Times reports. The official jobless rose slightly, to 4.8%, as more people began to rejoin the workforce.

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