Afternoon Coffee: Hurricane Barry fades but soaks Louisiana; Supply chains leaving China; Huawei sales; Drones & vaccines

Barry — a storm that briefly became a hurricane, the first of the 2019 season — brought torrential rain to Louisiana and Mississippi on Sunday, and slowly continues to move through northwest Louisiana toward Arkansas through Monday, according to the Washington Post.

It became a hurricane late Friday, made landfall and returned to tropical storm status. It has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, though life-threatening floods still pose a threat to Louisiana, according to NPR.

Supply Chain Dive reports that “oil and gas operators evacuated hundreds of platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly 70% of Gulf oil production and 56% of gas production were turned off Saturday.”

Supply chains being moved out of China

The Wall Street Journal reports that many U.S. manufacturers are shifting their production bases out of China because of the ongoing trade war between the two nations. Companies that make Crocs shoes, Yeti beer coolers, Roomba vacuums and GoPro cameras, for example, are producing goods in other countries to avoid U.S. tariffs that are as high as 25% on some $250 billion of imports from China.

U.S. firms may be resuming Huawei sales

According to a senior U.S. official, the U.S. may approve licenses for companies to restart new sales to Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, in as little as two weeks, Reuters reports. In May, Huawei was added to a Commerce Department list that prohibits U.S. companies from supplying it with new American-made goods and services unless they obtain licenses that will likely be denied. According to Reuters, this is a sign that President Donald Trump’s recent commitment to ease restrictions on Huawei could move forward quickly.

Vaccines delivered by drone with tech companies' help

Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, is piloting a system to transport temperature-sensitive vaccines to remote locations via an unmanned air vehicle (UAV).  The firms involved with making this possible are AT&T, Merck, Softbox (a temperature-controlled packaging maker) and UAV manufacturer Volans-i. The test-run they did was successful, says Supply Chain Dive. “The drone was able to keep the vaccines at an optimum temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius in a payload container specially designed by Softbox,” the Dive reports. “Operators on the ground used real-time IoT data from the drone's sensors to monitor the conditions of the vaccines and external factors like climate and terrain.” It is hoped that drones can become the prime method for delivering life-saving drugs to remote or disaster-stricken areas.

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