Afternoon Coffee: Getting closer to deal on USMCA; ProProcure’s new tool G-Quotes in the spotlight; Brexit gets ‘flextension’ to 2020

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According to Politico, the number of outstanding issues House Democrats want addressed in the Trump administration’s new North American trade pact” — the ‘new NAFTA,’ or USMCA — “is getting smaller as dealmaking intensifies for getting a vote on a pact this year.”

However, there are still some key sticking points to resolve, including “figuring out the specifics of a labor inspection process to ensure Mexican factories are upholding the deal’s labor rules; the extent of support for new infrastructure to prevent cross-border pollution; and a compromise on intellectual property provisions related to biologics, according to people close to the talks,” according to the article.

ProProcure’s automates quote-to-requisition process in new solution

G-Quotes is the latest development from e-procurement provider ProProcure, essentially “an online quote-building tool that bridges the gap between the e-commerce needs of suppliers and an enterprise’s requirement to increase levels of automation, control and traceability in purchase requisition,” according to an article today on Spend Matters UK/Europe. (Published by Spend Matters Brand Studio.)

SMUK/Europe talked to the provider about the new offering and they say “it was designed with simplicity, scalability and affordability in mind, to connect suppliers easily with their customers’ eProcurement systems, so that onerous and time-consuming purchasing tasks can be done quickly, easily and above all, automatically.

“To that end G-Quotes works with any of the big ERP systems: P2P giants the likes of Coupa, Basware, SAP Ariba, Jaggaer and Ivalua to name but some.”

EU accepts Brexit extension

In the ongoing Brexit saga, the European Union “announced today it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit delay until January 31, 2020,” the agreement for which must still be formalized in writing, according to Supply Chain Dive.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson still wants Brexit to happen by the original Oct. 31 deadline, but in the meantime has called for a general parliamentary election to take place Dec. 12 to “shift the current gridlock,” according to the article.

According to the BBC, EU Council President Donald Tusk said this was effectively “a ‘flextension’ — meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament.”

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