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Commodities Roundup: Gold, Auto Sales and Stock Market Tremors

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week:

Afternoon Coffee: China warns of tariff retaliation; $10B military procurement deal under review; Under Armour revamp succeeds; cybersecurity toolkit for supply chains

A day after the Trump administration announced more tariffs on more products imported from China, the Chinese government vowed to retaliate. In Defense Department news, the Defense secretary has ordered a review of the procurement process for a $10 billion cloud project. Read more about Under Armour's tighter supply chain, and learn about a new cybersecurity toolkit. Afternoon Coffee: A jolt of Friday news to finish off the week.

More Trump tariffs to be levied on goods from China — starting Sept. 1

In a tweet Thursday that rattled stocks, the Trump administration announced that, starting Sept. 1, 10% in tariffs will be levied against $300 billion in more goods that are made in China for companies that import them into the United States. The companies pay the tariffs, and the extra expense typically leads to higher prices for U.S. consumers. The Dow had been up about 300 points, but on the news, it fell 200 points.

Afternoon Coffee: Hurricane Barry fades but soaks Louisiana; Supply chains leaving China; Huawei sales; Drones & vaccines

Barry — a storm that briefly became a hurricane, the first of the 2019 season — brought torrential rain to Louisiana and Mississippi on Sunday, and slowly continues to move through northwest Louisiana toward Arkansas through Monday, according to the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how the U.S.-China tariff battle is forcing supply chains out of China. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Walmart e-commerce losing $1 billion; Huawei still blacklisted?

Walmart’s acquisition of the e-commerce website jet.com is doing a lot of business in the store’s bid to take on Amazon, but it is projecting a loss of about $1 billion, the media site Vox reports in a lengthy look at Walmart’s e-commerce play. A senior U.S. official told the Commerce Department enforcement staff this week that the Chinese tech company Huawei should still be considered blacklisted after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to ease the ban on sales to the firm days ago at the G20 summit, Reuters said. Afternoon Coffee: Enjoy your procurement/supply chain news — and your Independence Day holiday!

Afternoon Coffee: Truce on China Tariff Still Puts Pressure on Supply Chains; Levi’s Agrees to Cut Emissions

After more U.S. tariffs against China were put on hold, stocks and oil prices increased Monday, though there was no breakthrough on the economic conflict between the two countries. Levi Strauss & Co. has partnered with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, where IFC will work with 42 of Levi's suppliers to roll out renewable energy and water-saving projects. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

U.S.-China trade at G-20; Apple to build in China; Amazon, the shipper; Learn about M&A interest in procurement software firms

What's going to happen at the G-20 economic summit in Osaka, Japan? It began today, and we have two stories giving insight into what may happen when Trump and China's leader sit down for trade talks Saturday. In another story, Apple is reportedly moving its Mac Pro production to China, bucking trends of supply chains possibly leaving China. And Spend Matters has some M&A insight into the procurement software market. Learn about the 10 types of businesses being targeted. Afternoon Coffee: It's the jolt of procurement and supply chain news that you need on a Friday.

Commodities Roundup: Precious Metals, Currency Consternation and Steel Production

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets.

MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week: The Dollar and Precious Metals; Currency War Looms; and Global Steel Production Rises 5.4% in May.

Afternoon Coffee: New Post Office Weight Pricing; More Tariffs May Harm Tech Innovation; Coupa Adds On

United States Postal Service (USPS) has put into effect new dimensional weight pricing. Experts tell Supply Chain Dive that additional tariffs on products from China could hinder U.S. tech innovation. Coupa expands its AWS relationship and adds capabilities. Afternoon Coffee provides the latest updates on procurement and supply chain news.

2019’s global hurricane season to be active, DHL Resilience360 reports about supply chain risks and safeguards

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Severe weather poses one of the greatest threats and the least predictable risks to global supply chains within our modern globalized economy. The summer hurricane season is a particularly problematic time because nearly half the planet, and a majority of the production capacity for many industries, are located in areas routinely struck by catastrophic weather — East Asia, the Northern Indian Ocean, and the Southeast and Gulf coasts of the United States.

DHL Resilience360 recently released Stormy Weather Ahead: A Global Outlook on the 2019 Season to compile information about the impacts that even small storms can have and discuss the short- and long-term implications of these systems on existing supply chains. And learn ways to mitigate that risk.

Commodities Roundup: Chinese Steel Prices, Housing Starts and Aluminum Premiums

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for news that matters. This week: Chinese steel prices, housing starts and aluminum premiums.

Commodities Roundup: Copper Surplus, Baowu Steel, and Oil Price Slides

For the buyers and category managers out there, especially those of you deep in the weeds of buying and managing commodities, here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets. MetalMiner, a sister site of ours, scours the landscape for what matters. This week: Copper sees a surplus, Chinese steel company Baowu may buy a stake in its rival, gold shines and oil prices on the decline.