Afternoon Coffee: ‘Upskilling’ supply chain with gamification; SpareHire rebrands; Buy American exemption for Canada?


Thanks to an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting foreign steel components in U.S. federal procurement projects, Canadian exporters will find it very difficult to get access to those projects. The order is expected to kick in 6 months from now, said the Hill Times. Trade experts feel Canada should be exempt from ‘Buy American’ provisions, according to the article.

Offshore wind project delayed on fishing sector concerns

Reuters reports that dissonance within members of the Trump administration had delayed the passage of the first major U.S. offshore wind energy project. The report said government agencies had expressed differences of opinion over whether the proposal would do enough to protect the fishing industry.

IC platform SpareHire reborn as Graphite

SpareHire, Inc., an online platform that "connects investment firms and Fortune 1000 companies with independent consultants, formally announced today that it has relaunched under a new name and brand identity: Graphite."

Graphite "gives companies access to a network of independent consultants who help them get mission-critical work done with greater speed and flexibility," according to the release.

CEO Vikram Ashok explained in the release that "firms aren't coming to us for (just) a 'SpareHire.' Our experts are helping them accelerate performance and innovate with more agility and flexibility." He also said "graphite is a flexible and dynamic material that strengthens under extreme pressure, transforming into diamond." The name, Ashok stated, "more closely aligns with the value we're providing and the caliber of clients and experts we work hard to serve every day.”

Los Angeles joins other cities to include LGBTQ businesses in contracts

Forbes reports that the City of Los Angeles has joined others such as Orlando, Nashville and Baltimore in including businesses owned by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in the contract process. L.A. is now the country’s largest city by way of population and economy to do so.

Using gamification and simulation to upskill supply chain workforce

Artificial intelligence and other developments have changed the nature of the supply chain business, requiring re-skilling. According to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, that’s one of the reasons why many companies in the supply chain industry are “upskilling” their workforces using tools like simulation and gamification techniques.

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