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ICYMI: “Alexa, How Much of What I Just Bought on Amazon Will Be Subject to New Trade Tariffs, Quotas in 2018?”

Luckily, as a consumer mainly buying Echos or pairs of Christmas socks, the answer is not much. (Or at least, the passalong effects should be negligible.)

However, if you're a U.S. buying organization with a domestic manufacturing footprint, international supplier base, and significant steel or aluminum spend, the answer might indeed surprise you — depending what happens in the trade policy arena over the next several months.

Afternoon Coffee: Illegal Student Labor at Apple iPhone X Maker, Car Part Suppliers Fined for Cartel

Illegal student labor has been discovered at a Chinese factory that manufactures the Apple iPhone X. Six high school students told the Financial Times that they were part of a group of 3,000 students sent to the factory to complete a three-month “internship.” Instead, the students found themselves regularly working 11-hour days, which counts as illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

China’s Single Biggest Trade Issue, and Other Current Policy Must-Knows

Our sister site MetalMiner recently launched a new podcast series called "Manufacturing Trade Policy Confidential." Procurement organizations with a domestic manufacturing footprint and global supplier networks — especially those with a significant steel or aluminum spend — take note. (If you'd rather bone up on some trade policy intelligence for work rather than half-focus on your latest James Patterson on the plane to visit your in-laws, you're welcome.) The latest episode takes listeners through China's recent setback at the hands of the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding China's non-market economy status, and which other trade cases and investigations matter in the current political and economic landscape and why.

Afternoon Coffee: Texas Gas Producers Face Oversupply, Indian Automaker Mahindra Eyes Detroit

As part of its ambitions to move into the U.S. market, the Mumbai-based automaker Mahindra & Mahindra announced that it would start making off-road vehicles in Auburn Hills, just north of Detroit. And West Texas’s oil boom is becoming a bane for energy producers, as the glut of natural gas forces producers to curtail drilling and flare the excess gas. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

Afternoon Coffee: Trucking Fleets Say Yes to Tesla’s Semi, Uber to Buy Self-Driving Volvos

Wal-Mart, J.B. Hunt and Ryder System are placing orders for Tesla’s new electric truck, which will have a semiautonomous driving system and the ability to cover 500 miles on one charge. And in more automotive news, Uber has announced plans to purchase tens of thousands of self-driving Volvos. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest news in supply chain and procurement.

The Specter of Amazon Rx

Shares of Rite-Aid and CVS initially plummeted on rumors of Amazon’s possible move into pharmacy. Surprisingly, however, their stocks prices have recovered of late, trading places with major medical distribution companies McKesson and Cardinal Health. With rumors of Amazon lurking, it was apparently their turn, as McKesson and Cardinal share prices have recently hit the skids. First grocery, an $800 billion business, then drugs, about a $500 billion business, and now medical products?

Afternoon Coffee: Tesla Unveils Electric Semi Truck, Keystone Pipeline Leaks in South Dakota

Tesla finally debuted its much-hyped electric semi truck Thursday evening, offering a challenger to diesel-powered models the company claims is safer and more efficient. The Keystone Pipeline sprung a leak Thursday in South Dakota, spilling 210,000 gallons of oil in a remote northeastern part of the state. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Rolls Royce Warns Brexit Could Disrupt its Supply Chain, Amazon to Sell Medical Devices and Supplies with New Licenses

New border checks that could be put in place in the wake of Brexit could disrupt Rolls Royce’s global supply chain. The new pharmacy licenses Amazon recently acquired will be used at first to sell medical devices and supplies. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

WorkMarket Partners to Offer Full Coverage Workers’ Compensation for Freelancers

WorkMarket has introduced a new insurance service that allows companies to provide workers’ compensation coverage to their independent contract workers, the company announced Thursday. According to the company, this is a “first-of-its-kind” service offering that was created in partnership with a leading insurance carrier. The new offering allows businesses that use the WorkMarket platform to extend workers’ compensation coverage to independent contract workers that the company engages through the platform.

Afternoon Coffee: Tesla Hypes Launch of Semi Truck, Hospitals Grapple with Saline Bag Shortage

Tesla will unveil Thursday its long-awaited competitor for the commercial trucking industry. Supplies of saline bags are running dangerously low, as multiple suppliers of the hospital fixture have encountered production issues. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Use of Supply Chain Fraud Analytics on the Rise, Lyft Expands to Toronto

The use of analytics to mitigate third-party supply chain fraud, waste and abuse risk has jumped to 35% in 2017 from 25.2% in 2014. Ride-hailing provider Lyft announced Monday it would begin operating in Toronto this year, its first international location. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Afternoon Coffee: Uber Teams Up With NASA in Flying Car Project, Kobe Steel Reports on Data Scandal

Uber has signed an agreement with NASA to create a new air-traffic control system that will regulate the company’s flying car project. A lack of quality controls and a focus on profits caused the widespread data tampering at Kobe Steel. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.