Afternoon Coffee: Tradeshift, Abreon partner up; Walmart wants U.S. suppliers; GM, UAW reach a deal; EU, UK do too – finally! (But will it pass?)

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As we reported yesterday, the UK government released trade guidance to importers and exporters, as well as announcing the reinstatement of a plan to keep trade traffic moving in and out of the Port of Dover. Now, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have reached a Brexit deal which, among other things, removes the "backstop" that would have kept the UK in the EU customs union, according to Supply Chain Dive. Johnson said he hopes Parliament will pass the deal on Saturday.

GM, UAW also strike a deal

General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative deal yesterday, setting the stage for a decision today on whether the strike will continue, according to Bloomberg via Industry Week.

The strike had entered a fifth week, “costing GM billions, forcing workers to live on $275 a week and denting the economy in Michigan and the Midwest,” according to Bloomberg. The details of the deal include a promise of 9,000 jobs retained and created, among other things, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Tradeshift, Abreon partner up to deliver tech adoption tools

Source-to-pay solution provider Tradeshift “has announced a partnership with Abreon, a division of Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq: NSIT) and a leading change management consultancy, to provide clients with the tools they need to embrace technology adoption and foster success through growth initiatives,” according to a recent press release.

Abreon “offers a talent-on-demand solution that provides the experience and expertise needed for successful change, while avoiding the cost and complexity of bringing those resources in-house for a short time,” according to the release.

Walmart wants you! (U.S. manufacturers and suppliers)

In an effort to support job growth and manufacturing in the U.S., Walmart has begun a database to which U.S. suppliers may submit their info to be considered by Walmart’s sourcing and buying teams.

Check out the portal right here.

Purchasing Platform raises $3.5 million in Series A

Purchasing Platform, a provider of spend management and analytics software solutions, just announced raising $3.5 million in Series A funding, according to a release. The company’s goal is to solve the problems faced by property management teams, maintenance personnel and corporate supervisors in the manufacturing housing industry “with a new approach: directly managing a broad array of pertinent vendor relationships and streamlining procurement with a consolidated B2B marketplace.”

Tesla gets go-ahead to start manufacturing in China

Tesla has been included on the Chinese government’s list of approved automotive manufacturers. China’s industry ministry said on Thursday it had given its go-ahead to the electric-vehicle maker to start production in the country, reports Reuters. This means “the green light is fully given to Tesla for production in China,” said Yale Zhang, head of the Shanghai-based consultancy Automotive Foresight. Tesla can start production any time, he said, according to Reuters.

Tyson Foods will not buy U.S. hogs raised with banned drug

Starting next February, Tyson will halt buying U.S. hogs raised with Ractopamine, a growth drug banned by China, Reuters reported. The top three U.S. pork processors including Tyson are vying for business in China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, where an outbreak of African swine fever has devastated the hog herd and pushed pork prices to record highs.

Supply chain confusion over blacklist of Chinese surveillance companies

A decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to blacklist 28 Chinese public safety organizations and commercial entities has created a degree of confusion in the minds of U.S. partners, end-users and supply chain partners, according to APN News. Of the eight commercial entities added to the blacklist, six are some of China’s most successful digital forensics, facial recognition, and AI companies.

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