US-China ‘phase one’ deal is not a win for the apparel industry, trade group says

CNBC | November 05, 2019

As the U.S. and China close in on an interim trade deal that would thaw tensions between the two economic powerhouses, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) said it is “incredibly not happy” over the situation. “We don’t see a win for us in this deal,” Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the trade organization, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday. “At the end of the day, we hope these tariffs will go away and that will make a difference.” Last month, the U.S. and China reached a truce and started working to finalize a “phase one” trade agreement that includes a pause in tariff escalation and Chinese purchases of U.S. agriculture products.

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This is the second edition of the National Construction Category Strategy. Like the first edition, published in 2015, it supports delivery of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2014 (the NPS) and it is aligned to the major themes of the NPS: leadership, modernising procurement, making savings and supporting local economies

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This is the second edition of the National Construction Category Strategy. Like the first edition, published in 2015, it supports delivery of the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2014 (the NPS) and it is aligned to the major themes of the NPS: leadership, modernising procurement, making savings and supporting local economies

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Bonfire Releases Open Access Community Projects, Now Free to Government and Public Sector Procurement Teams Everywhere

Bonfire Interactive Inc. | December 02, 2021

Bonfire Interactive Ltd. , a business unit of GTY Technology and a leader in strategic sourcing and procurement software for the public sector, today announced it has officially released Bonfire Open Access Community Projects. This new procurement tool—free to anyone working in public sector purchasing—provides access to an extensive database of public projects from across North America to streamline the RFx creation process. “Procurement teams can get requests for nearly anything, from pothole patching to software solutions to PPE . When facing new or unfamiliar projects, it’s not uncommon for purchasing agents to spend a lot of time—sometimes hours—searching Google for templates. That is not an effective use of procurement teams’ time, and going into 2022, it’s going to be downright unsustainable. 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