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Afternoon Coffee: Amazon’s Supply Chain Center Goes to Nashville, Brexit Deal a Tough Sell

Amazon’s HQ2 plan was split between two cities — but its plans also involve a third city, Nashville, which will get a Center of Excellence supply chain hub, Supply Chain Dive reports. And UK Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting with her Cabinet today to consider a Brexit deal reached this week with the European Union. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Amazon Confirms Final HQ2 Locations, California Wildfires Disrupt Supply Chains

Ending its more than yearlong process of searching for a second corporate headquarters, Amazon announced Wednesday it had officially selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the winners. The three active wildfires in California are disrupting logistics operations in the state, closing warehouses and blocking transit routes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: SAP Buys Qualtrics for $8 Billion, UPS Freight Avoids Strike

German software giant SAP is buying Utah-based experience management company Qualtrics for $8 billion, the companies announced. Qualtrics’ software gives businesses insight into people by collecting information about the experiences and emotions of customers and employees, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. And Teamsters members voted for a contract offer from UPS Freight, averting a strike and clearing the way for service to resume this week, Supply Chain Dive reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: China’s Exports Hit $42.7 Billion, Amazon Tests Shipping Business

China sent $42.7 billion in exports to the U.S. in October, a 13.3% year-over-year increase, Supply Chain Dive says, citing reports on Chinese customs data. China's exports had increased at about 13% for September, and many credit the flood of goods to pressure from tariffs. Amazon’s pilot shipping program comes with severe discounts, which some see as the online retailer’s intention to take on competitors in the logistics supply chain, CNBC reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Jaggaer’s 18.3 Release Updates B2B Shopping Features, Turvo Takes on Several Logistics Solutions

Jaggaer this week announced its release of 18.3 Puma, which provides several updates to the spend management suite's business shopping experience, according to a press release. New features, which will be live on Nov. 11, 2018, include user-based search recommendations; a new user interface that offers "two-click-and-a-buy" capability; and integration of punch-out pricing directly into search results. Logistics software startup Turvo has plans to do what other providers in this space haven’t tackled — connect wide swaths of the logistics supply chain, from transportation management to freight booking, payments, tracking and communications, The Wall Street Journal writes. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news about procurement and supply chains.

Afternoon Coffee: China Trade Show Has No-shows, Scout RFP Adds Contract Solution

The Trump administration and many top CEOs skipped China’s giant trade show in Shanghai this week, making the U.S.-China trade dispute a key feature of the show, The Wall Street Journal reports. And Scout RFP announced Wednesday the release of Scout Contracts, a new product that extends the e-sourcing provider's toolset to include baseline contract lifecycle management capabilities. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in procurement and supply chains.

Afternoon Coffee: Accenture buys Intrigo Systems; TalonFMS partners with SAP Fieldglass

Accenture announced this week that it’s acquiring Intrigo Systems, a provider of advisory and systems integration services for SAP enterprise and cloud solutions in e-commerce, supply chain and procurement. And TalonFMS announced Tuesday that its freelancer management system is integrating with SAP Fieldglass and is now available on the SAP App Center. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news about procurement and supply chains.

Afternoon Coffee: Toys R Us Could See Revival in 2019, UPS Freight Prepares for Possible Strike

After closing the last of its physical stores in June, Toys R Us could return to world of living retail chains as a standalone operation next year. UPS announced Monday it would stop picking up shipments from customers and suspend all service beginning Nov. 7 in preparation for a possible strike. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Apple Stock Slides, Business Insider Says Apttus CEO Left After Sex Abuse Case

Apple released its earnings, which came with a weak outlook, after the bell Thursday, and its stock has taken a hit — with its market cap falling below $1 trillion, Bloomberg reports. Remember when Apttus CEO Kirk Krappe left the $1.86 billion startup in July? Business Insider reports that his exit was related to a sexual abuse case at a company retreat in Cabo. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: ISM Says Manufacturing Falls, Trump and Xi Discuss Trade War

Data from the Institute for Supply Management shows that U.S. manufacturing for October weakened amid a drop in orders and hiring, Bloomberg News reports. The leaders of China and the U.S. spoke Thursday about their contentious trade negotiations, with President Donald Trump tweeting that he and President Xi Jinping had a "long and very good conversation," CNBC reported. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: China Manufacturing Slows Down, TPP Trade Deal to Start by Year’s End

Manufacturing in China for October grew at its slowest pace in two years, a sign of stress from lower demand and U.S. tariffs, Reuters reports. And the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is set to start by year’s end after enough nations ratified the treaty, The Wall Street Journal reports. But remember, the U.S. didn't join the TPP. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Bloomberg reports U.S. Plans More China Tariffs, War on Plastics Turns to Paper Cups

The United States is planning to expand tariffs against more Chinese imports if a meeting of the countries’ presidents doesn’t go well next month, Bloomberg reports, citing sources. And companies are facing plenty of sustainability questions about the environmental impact of their products, and the latest target in the fight against plastics is, oddly enough, paper cups, The Wall Street Journal reports. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news about procurement and supply chains.