Afternoon Coffee: Amazon challenging Pentagon’s $10B cloud award to Microsoft; 64% of California full-time contractors now employees

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Amazon has revealed it was contesting the decision by the Pentagon to give to Microsoft the $10 billion cloud computing deal. Reuters reports that Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy made this announcement in a company-wide meeting on Thursday. Amazon had expressed concern that politics got in the way of a fair contracting process. A notice in the matter was filed last Friday. The notice said Amazon would formally protest the decision on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, known as JEDI, according to Reuters.

64% of California contractors now employees

A new California law — covered extensively by Spend Matters here — “turned thousands of independent contractors into employees, including truckers, janitors, and gig workers, according to a University of California Berkeley analysis,” Bloomberg Law reports.

“About 64% of independent contractors—including janitors, maids, and other cleaners; truck and taxi drivers; and retail, grounds maintenance, and child-care workers—are presumed to be employees. These workers typically earn a lower hourly median wage of $18.87, the brief said,” according to the article.

How will Walmart Canada's new blockchain solution impact retail industry?

The new full production blockchain solution for any industrial application unveiled recently by Walmart Canada is the first practical implementation at scale that clearly reveals blockchain’s major benefits. Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look at what this means for the retail giants in the article linked above.

Automakers ask, When will Trump announce tariff decision?

Reuters reports that global automakers await a decision from President Donald Trump on whether he will impose up to 25 percent tariffs on U.S. car and auto part imports after a 180-day review period expired earlier this week.

Trump was briefed ahead of the expiry. Officials from major automakers told Reuters they believe Trump will not impose new levies on vehicles from the European Union, Japan or elsewhere amid a trade war with China.

Air Force innovation competition: Supply Dynamics bests big name consultants and applied sciences firms!

“We won the US Air Force Microelectronics Supply Chain Challenge in Washington DC!” said Trevor Stansbury of Supply Dynamics, in a note to Spend Matters. “This started back in May when we beat 75 competitors to be one of three finalists awarded an $800K contract to put together a prototype for the USAF." Competitors included multi-billion dollar A&D suppliers.

“It’s basically our SDX multi-enterprise platform ‘on steroids’ with some major technology upgrades to allow a customer to manage the flow of PCBAs and all related microelectronics that go into them across an extended supply chain,” Stansbury, the CEO of the Ohio-based direct materials procurement software provider, notes.

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