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Afternoon Coffee: GDPR Enforcement Begins, GOP to Introduce Infrastructure Bill

Today marks the beginning of enforcement for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new data privacy standard that will have far-reaching effects for global businesses. Republicans in the House of Representatives are working to introduce an infrastructure bill by this summer. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Trump Investigates Tariffs on Foreign Cars, Exxon Pledges to Reduce Methane Emissions

President Trump has ordered an investigation into whether autos imported into the United States pose a threat to national security. Exxon Mobil plans to reduce its methane emissions 15% by 2020, bowing to pressures from investors. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: NAFTA Talks Stalled on U.S. Auto Demands, A New Blockchain Alliance for Procurement

The U.S., Mexico and Canada have missed a key deadline to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) within the year, with the three nations reaching a stalemate over rules governing auto production. A new alliance will focus on applying blockchain to planning, procurement, transportation and warehousing. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Basware Launches AI-Driven Chatbot, Wabtec Merges With GE Transportation

Basware has launched a new chatbot that allows users to naturally interact with its e-procurement product. GE is selling its transportation unit, after the industrial conglomerate announced Tuesday that GE Transportation would merge with Wabtec. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: U.S. and China Put Trade War on Hold, Trump Pushes Postmaster General to Double Rates on Amazon

The U.S. and China have agreed for now not to impose punitive tariffs on each other, temporarily averting a trade war. President Trump has pushed the postmaster general to double shipping rates for Amazon and other firms that heavily rely on the Postal Service in their logistics efforts. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Unilever Again Named Top Supply Chain Leader, Emerson Acquires Pneumatics Supplier Aventics

Unilever has topped Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Top 25 list for the third year running. Emerson announced Thursday it had agreed to acquire Aventics, a supplier of smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Ivalua Now Kicks Off, Tesla Inks Lithium Deal From Plant That Doesn’t Exist Yet

Spend Matters analysts are on the ground this week at Ivalua’s customer event in New York City. Manufacturers are scrambling to secure supplies of lithium as electric batteries become increasingly important to the future of the automotive industry. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Top Walmart Sourcing Executive Now Leading at Target, NAFTA Negotiations Likely to Continue into 2019

Retailer Target announced a major hire Monday in William Foudy, Jr., a former global sourcing executive at Walmart who will now lead operations as president of Target Sourcing Services. If trade negotiators are unable to strike a deal on the rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by Thursday, the U.S. Congress would likely be unable to push a new trade pact through to ratification by the end of the year. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Jabil Introduces New Digital Strategy Practice, China’s Top Economic Official in Washington for Trade Talks

Manufacturing giant Jabil announced Tuesday the introduction of a new digital strategy practice that will help customers navigate digital transformations. Right on the heels of President Trump’s decision to help Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE get back on its feet, China is sending Liu He, the country’s top economic official, to Washington Tuesday for five days of trade talks. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Corcentric Acquires Source One Management Services, Trump Throws ZTE a Lifeline

Procurement and financial process automation provider Corcentric announced Monday it had acquired Source One Management Services, a procurement services provider specializing in strategic sourcing and transformation projects. Although last week he imposed a seven-year export ban on Chinese smartphone maker ZTE, forcing the company to suspend operations, President Trump unexpectedly announced Sunday he is working with Chinese President Xi to help the company get back in business “fast.” Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: TalentWave Partners with iWorkGlobal, Remembering Bar Code Inventor Robert Hall

TalentWave, a provider of independent workforce engagement technology, announced Tuesday it had formed a new partnership with iWorkGlobal, a provider of workforce management services. An industrious inventor who passed away in November 2016 is gaining greater recognition for his achievements after the New York Times discovered it had missed his death announcement while editing an obituary about him prepared in advance. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Ford Supplier Fire Disrupts F-150 Production, Tech Execs Convene at White House for AI Meeting

A “black swan” event caused by a fire May 2 at a Michigan parts factory has forced Ford to suspend all production of its F-150 pickup. Executives from major companies including Facebook, Amazon and Oracle are convening at the White House Thursday for a meeting to discuss the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in U.S. industry. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.