Afternoon Coffee: UAW, GM still deadlocked after weekend negotiations; U.S.-China trade talks resume

The United States and China are going back to the negotiating table this week in the midst of a heightened trade climate, with another round of U.S. tariffs set to be levied against China later this month.

“Deputies in the U.S.-China trade negotiations will meet Monday, with the top level officials beginning discussions on Thursday,” reports CNBC.

United Auto Workers reject General Motors’ latest offer

Reuters reports that talks between General Motors and its striking workers for a new four-year labor contract took a “turn for the worse” on Sunday. The United Auto Workers rejected the largest U.S. automaker’s latest offer but the two sides were still talking. GM made an offer to the union that basically repeated one the UAW had previously rejected, Terry Dittes, the UAW vice president in charge of the GM department, said in a letter to members.

JBS USA to cut ractopamine from pork supply chain

Meat packer JBS USA, owned by Brazil's JBS SA, has said it would remove growth drug ractopamine, also banned by China, from its U.S. hog supply. The company is doing this with an eye on maximizing exports because China's pork industry has been disrupted because of the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.

In August 2018, JBS USA had removed ractopamine from internally owned production systems. It’s now prohibiting ractopamine from hogs owned by farmers who sell livestock to JBS USA.

Supply chain efficiency affected by high detention times

Three top supply chain executives have pointed out that the need of the hour was making improvements in managing detention time.

The three leaders were addressing the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition, according to Transport Topics. Drivers have often said that since electronic logging devices were made mandatory almost two years ago, their schedules have become very tight.

“It’s such a major issue. We all as a supply chain community have to maximize the time that drivers have the ability to actually drive and take that friction out of the supply chain whenever we can,” said Bob Welsh, senior director of transportation sourcing and procurement for Walmart Transportation, at the panel. “To be a shipper of choice, you have to be able find ways to minimize paperwork, bureaucracy, whatever, to make sure you keep those drivers moving. It’s a big issue because we have to continue to make the driving jobs attractive.”

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