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Coronavirus disruption spurred North American manufacturers to rethink supply chains in Asia, Thomas Industrial survey finds

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A snapshot of the manufacturing sector about a month ago gives a view of how much disruption the coronavirus outbreak has caused and how much more is to come, according to the March 2020 report from the Thomas Industrial Survey. And in any other time, dire news about the price of oil would be driving more economic concern.

Afternoon Coffee, coronavirus edition: FBI resends alert about supply chain attacks; Find go-to solutions to target fraud; Avetta has tips on getting small business loans; UPS aids healthcare supply chain; TP crisis?

For the third time in three months, the FBI has alerted companies about state-sponsored hackers using the Kwampirs malware, which is now being used against healthcare companies. In related news, Spend Matters Coronavirus Response series highlights solutions that can help in a crisis. Today we write about fraud detection and mitigation. Read our PRO post to learn more about AppZen, ConnXus and APEX Analytix. In other news: Avetta to shed light on applying for loans via the federal New Small Business Assistance Programs (CARES). And more on grocery stores, toilet paper and the future of U.S. supply chains. Afternoon Coffee: Chock full o' news.

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Afternoon Coffee: Coupa names lululemon exec as new CPO; Emergency airlifts for coronavirus crisis; Child labor in cocoa supply chains?; iPhone 12 production

Coupa announced today that it has a new chief procurement officer, Michael van Keulen, who managed global procurement for the workout apparel maker lululemon. In other news, Reuters reports in an exclusive story that U.S. customs authorities had directed cocoa traders to report where and when they encountered child labor in their supply chains in Ivory Coast. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news.

Coronavirus forces Coupa to move Inspire event to fall

Updated April 2 with more details about the event location.

Because of the coronavirus crisis, Coupa is the latest solution provider to reschedule its spring customer event, and new dates in the fall are being confirmed for Inspire North America, according to Coupa’s website.

The original event was scheduled for Las Vegas, but other sites are being explored for the fall event.

Afternoon Coffee: In coronavirus crisis, Walmart paying vendors faster; Ford builds ventilators; Fashion brands make medical clothes; MetalMiner tips on COVID-19 crisis, oil prices; AP Automation insights

For today’s edition of Afternoon Coffee, it’s more of an espresso shot of headlines and short news items. Have a safe weekend.

Afternoon Coffee: Coronavirus elsewhere now curbs supply into China; Metal pricing/coronavirus webinar tomorrow; Kroger sees no food crisis; Costco buys logistics firm from Sears’ owner

Emerging from the double whammy of tariffs and the coronavirus, Chinese factories now face a new setback — a supply disruption from other nations that […]

Afternoon Coffee: ISM cancels national conference; Coupa growing; Metal pricing webinar targets coronavirus fallout; Virus strains supply chains; Amazon hiring 100,000

ISM’s national conference is a staple for professionals in procurement and the supply chain, but the coronavirus outbreak forced the Institute of Supply Management to […]

Coronavirus forces a scramble and stricter measures to curb its spread

Late Friday, the White House declared a state of national emergency to address the coronavirus’ spread, and over the weekend in cities across the nation, people responded with a resolve to cancel events, call off school and curb their typical daily activities. Instead they prepared for self-imposed stays at home and stocked up on staple items, leaving many grocery stores with bare shelves for items like toilet paper and pasta.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, said Sunday he would like to see a 14-day national shutdown imposed to prevent the virus’ spread, The Associated Press reported.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, hit 64 with more than 3,700 cases of infection reported, the AP said. Its worldwide figures stood at 6,500 dead and nearly 170,000 people infected.

Afternoon Coffee: Find go-to vendors to weather the coronavirus crisis; small businesses reacting to virus fallout; Pentagon may revisit JEDI-Microsoft contract

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Spend Matters’ analysts have begun a series that highlights which procurement technology vendors that businesses should consider to cope with disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, small businesses give a snapshot of how they're faring with the fallout from the virus outbreak. In other news, the Pentagon has asked a court to let it reconsider parts of the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract that it awarded Microsoft over Amazon — specifically the bidders' price proposals and online marketplaces. Afternoon Coffee: Have a good and safe weekend.