Afternoon Coffee: Beeline + IQN to Operate Under Beeline Brand, Aerospace Industry Backs Border Tax

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Beeline and IQNavigator announced Wednesday that the two companies will both operate under the Beeline brand starting in April. As a representative for the combined entity told Spend Matters, the decision leverages Beeline’s brand equity while allowing both VMS offerings to focus on their products and clients rather than an extensive rebranding project.

In letters sent to customers and partners, the provider emphasized that the technology customers are using today will remain the same, the same services provided to customers will continue to be offered and enhanced, and all contact(s) at Beeline + IQN will remain the same. While operating under the corporate name Beeline, both the Beeline VMS and the IQN VMS will continue to see investment, as will the converged platform and Self-Sourcing.

“The adoption of the Beeline brand makes a great deal of sense,” said Andrew Karpie, research director of services and labor procurement at Spend Matters. “Efforts to create new names cost lots of time and money. And why waste great brand equity? Going with the Beeline name also fits with Beeline’s position as more of a multi-product line solution company with Self-Sourcing and now two distinct, evolving VMS solutions. Non-employee, contingent workforce solution providers that combine powerful technology and valued-added services are, and will be, where it's at.”

Boeing Leads Aerospace Support of Tax Plan

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) sent a letter to Congress Tuesday expressing strong support for measures it described as “comprehensive reforms of our tax code,” the Seattle Times reports. The proposed plan represents a structural shift from taxing bottom-line corporate profits to taxing companies through their cash flow.

Oil Supply

OPEC members said in a report Tuesday they further reduced output in February but that global oversupply and fast-growing U.S. production has continued to keep prices down, according to the Wall Street Journal. Oil prices fell on Tuesday after the report was released. Brent was down 1.7% at $50.47, while West Texas Intermediate was down 2% at $47.42.

30 Under 30 Winners for 2016 Announced

 And finally, an update on supply chain talent: and ISM announced Wednesday the 2016 winners for the annual “30 Under 30” awards. Stay tuned to Spend Matters for more coverage and exclusive interviews in the coming days.

“Our 30 Under 30 winners are fast becoming leaders in the digital industrial economy,” said Tony Uphoff, President and CEO of Thomas Publishing Company. “They combine talent, innovation and technological savvy in their work and we are excited to honor them as true role models for millennials in supply chain management.”

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