Author Archives: Sally Ehrmann



Afternoon Coffee: Manufacturing production and consumer spending rose in July; momentum for blockchain implementation stalled during COVID-19 pandemic; AI technology and the future of air travel

In today's headlines, manufacturing and retail sales bumped up the U.S. economy last month despite the COVID-19 disruption. In other news, company leaders assessed the role and value of blockchain technology during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, artificial intelligence might make traveling more accessible and easier in the near future. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Uber may suspend rides in California over contractor lawsuit; unemployment claims fall below 1 million; automation of logistics networks accelerated by COVID-19 pandemic

In today's headlines, Uber said its ride-share business in California might shut down and be revamped after a state law may require them to classify drivers as employees rather than contractors. In other news, the number of first-time U.S. unemployment claims fell below 1 million for the first time since March. Also, the COVID-19 disruption is accelerating the automation of distribution and fulfillment centers. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.