Afternoon Coffee: Hiring slows down, unemployment ticks up; Services PMI registers 11th straight month of growth; PRO recap: IntegrityNext, mistakes in integration, graphiteConnect

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In today’s headlines, American employers added just 266,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.1% in the latest April jobs report. In other news, the services PMI — formerly known as the Non-Manufacturing NMI — registered 62.7% last month, down a point but still indicating robust growth. In Spend Matters’ PRO coverage this week, our analysts delved into IntegrityNext, the biggest mistakes in post-merger technology integration and graphiteConnect. Afternoon Coffee brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Commodities Roundup: EV battery demand; DOE awards $19M for rare earths, critical minerals initiatives; Auto sales strong in April

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Here’s a quick rundown of news and thoughts from particular commodity markets, including materials price support from EV battery demand, the Department of Energy’s funding of projects to boost production of rare earths and critical minerals, hot rolled coil prices and much more.

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