Afternoon Coffee: Walmart Ensures Angus Beef Supply; Bechtel Raises Flag on “Bad Procurement”

The country's biggest grocer has partnered up with a Texas cattle rancher and other businesses in its meat business. The collaboration will ensure the supply of Angus beef to 500 of Walmart's stores.

As of now, Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. provide Walmart with much of its beef. Despite this, Walmart has felt the need to set up its own supply partnership in response to customer demands.

U.S. and Canadian supply chain associations link up

Two well-known supply chain associations — The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) and the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) — have entered into a collaboration aimed at bringing resources to shippers who want to optimize their supply chains.

Google holding company’s offshoot Wing gets drone FAA approval

Wing, Alphabet’s offshoot company, has gotten the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration for drone operations. The certificate is the first step in delivering goods by drones to consumers.

U.S. Army's move to develop IT-as-a-Service

The Army has launched a pilot project under its move to develop an Enterprise IT-as-a-Service (EITaaS) procurement chain. Under this, it will host an industry day next month.

As part of the pilot project, the Army will conduct “site assessment surveys at three Army installations and the implementation of assessable services at Army Futures Command HQ in Texas.”

Bechtel goes to court after its bid turned down

Virginia-headquartered construction and procurement company Bechtel has taken legal recourse to get the decision to give the £1.1 billion Old Oak station job in London, U.K., to the Balfour Beatty team reversed.

Bechtel's claim was that its bid was turned down because of the client’s mistakes in the procurement process. According to the papers the U.S. construction company filed in court, Bechtel said because it was not awarded the contract, it had cost the company £100 million of lost profit and revenue on top of the expenditure of £3.5 million for making its bid.

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