TrueCommerce Recognized in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks

— The Company is recognized based on its Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision —

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TrueCommerce, a global provider of trading partner connectivity, integration, and unified commerce solutions, has announced today that it has been recognized by Gartner Inc. as a Challenger in the May 2022 Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks (MESCBNs).1 The evaluation was based on specific criteria that analyzed the company’s overall Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute.

Gartner defines “multienterprise supply chain business networks” (MESCBNs) as holistic and cohesive platforms that support a shipper-centric community of trading partners that need to coordinate and execute on business processes that extend across multiple enterprises. Gartner considers MESCBNs to be foundational technology for higher-maturity organizations, implemented to coordinate, orchestrate, automate and transform an organization’s extended supply chain within the overall business ecosystem they operate in for driving collaboration and enhancing competitiveness.
Core capabilities of the MESCBN market include:

  • Extensive network connectivity with support of multitier and multitype partner ecosystems and technology platforms
  • Centralized information/data hub and visualization
  • Universal cross-domain apps
  • Core supply chain execution apps (enterprise- and multienterprise-centric)
  • Supplemental supply chain apps (planning or finance)
  • Embedded intelligence

“To us it’s exciting to secure the Challenger position in this foundational research – four years in a row,” said Mike Gross, SVP of Product, TrueCommerce. “Over the last year, we have made significant investments in our technology and people, expanding our customer base by 40% as a result. We also have exciting new product innovations underway including the utilization of APIs and leveraging our universal adapter to broaden both internal and external integrations as well as the greater utilization of data through artificial intelligence/machine learning.”

TrueCommerce offers a broad set of unified commerce solutions and apps that connect customers, suppliers, channels, and systems. These solutions revolutionize supply chain visibility and collaboration by helping organizations make the most of their omnichannel initiatives through business P2P connectivity, order management, collaborative replenishment, intelligent fulfillment, cross-functional analytics, and product information management.

The solutions leverage TrueCommerce’s Global Commerce Network, which includes more than 160,000 connected businesses. Beyond the platform itself, the supply-chain-as-a-service model offered by TrueCommerce includes personalized support, trading partner mapping and ongoing compliance monitoring.

TrueCommerce’s technology innovations and business strategy have won it numerous industry accolades. In addition to being named as a Challenger again by Gartner, the company was recognized in the following prominent analyst reports:

  • Leader in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Multi-Enterprise Supply Chain Commerce Network, 2021
  • Contender in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Product Information Management Applications, 2021
  • Contender in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide B2B Digital Commerce Platforms Vendor Assessment, 2020
  • Contender in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide B2C Digital Commerce Platforms Vendor Assessment, 2020

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About TrueCommerce

TrueCommerce is the most complete way to connect your business across the supply chain, integrating everything from EDI, to inventory management, to fulfillment, to digital storefronts and marketplaces. We’ve revolutionized supply chain visibility and collaboration by helping organizations make the most of their omnichannel initiatives via business P2P connectivity, order management, collaborative replenishment, intelligent fulfillment, cross-functional analytics, and product information management.

The TrueCommerce Global Commerce Network can connect businesses to over 160,000 retailers, distributors, and logistics service providers. As a fully managed services provider, we also manage new trading partner onboarding, as well as the ongoing management of partner-specific mapping, labeling changes, and communications monitoring. That’s why thousands of companies—ranging from startups to the global Fortune 100, across various industries—rely on us.

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1 Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks”, Christian Titze, Brock Johns, 23 May 2022

Zoom Hires Matthew Saxon as Chief People Officer

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) today announced that Matthew Saxon will join the company as its Chief People Officer, effective immediately. Saxon brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and people operations. He was most recently the Vice President of People Operations at Meta, and previously was Senior Vice President of Compensation, HR Operations, and Shared Services at Humana. Saxon will lead Zoom’s people experience team and report to Aparna Bawa, Zoom’s Chief Operating Officer.

Zoom has experienced rapid growth in its workforce to meet the demands of its customers and business worldwide. Saxon will help Zoom’s continued growth and help scale all elements of the organization including culture, organizational design, talent acquisition, engagement, training and development, employee experience, and infrastructure.

“Our Zoomies are at the core of everything we do, and we know that having the right leader in place to help shape the future of Zoom’s workforce will allow us to better serve our customers’ evolving needs. We are excited to welcome Matthew, who has a deep understanding of the complexities today’s workforce is facing, and we are confident that his skill set will help elevate and strengthen Zoom as we navigate the next phase of work together,” said Bawa.

“I was drawn to Zoom’s clarity in its core value of care. It is obvious in everything the company does, but most importantly, it’s clear the leadership team genuinely cares about employees. Zoom has completely transformed the way people and businesses connect, and I’m excited to help drive the company forward by elevating and advocating for our employees. Together, Zoom will continue to lead and demonstrate how companies can thrive to drive successful business outcomes,” said Saxon.

About Matthew Saxon
Matthew Saxon leads the People Experience team at Zoom, ensuring that the core value of Care is reflected in the company’s approach to benefits; compensation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; recruitment; culture; and employee experiences. He brings with him over two decades of experience in the HR field, serving most recently as Vice President of People Operations at Meta, where he helped develop the strategic people roadmap and led the delivery of programs and services supporting significant increases in headcount and company growth. He was also Senior Vice President of Compensation, HR Operations, and Shared Services for Humana Inc., and held several leadership positions at Motorola, Inc., including Vice President of Total Rewards and Vice President of Human Resources for Asia Pacific and Middle East.

About Zoom
Zoom is for you. Zoom is a space where you can connect to others, share ideas, make plans, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for large enterprises, small businesses, and individuals alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit and follow @zoom.

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Harini Logan Wins US Spelling Bee In 1st-Ever Tiebreaker

Harini Logan was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee once, then reinstated. She missed four words in a grueling standoff against Vikram Raju, including one that would have given her the title.

In the first-ever lightning-round tiebreaker, Harini finally claimed the trophy.

The 14-year-old eighth grade student from San Antonio, Texas, who competed in the last fully in-person bee three years ago and endured the pandemic to make it back, spelled 21 words correctly during a 90-second spell-off, beating Vikram by six.

Harini, one of the best-known spellers entering the bee and a crowd favorite for her poise and positivity, wins more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Perhaps no champion has ever had more final-round flubs, but Harini was no less deserving.

She is the fifth Scripps champion to be coached by Grace Walters, a former speller, fellow Texan and student at Rice University who is considering bowing out of the coaching business. If so, she will depart on top.

The key moment came during the bee’s much-debated multiple-choice vocabulary round, when Harini defined the word “pullulation” as the nesting of mating birds. Scripps said the correct answer was the swarming of bees.

But wait!

“We did a little sleuthing after you finished, which is what our job is, to make sure we’ve made the right decision,” head judge Mary Brooks said to Harini. “We (did) a little deep dive in that word and actually the answer you gave to that word is considered correct, so we’re going to reinstate you.”

From there, Harini breezed into the finals against Vikram. They each spelled two words correctly. Then Scripps brought out the toughest words of the night.

Both misspelled. Then Vikram missed again and Harini got “sereh” right, putting her one word away from the title. The word was “drimys,” and she got it wrong.

Two more rounds, two more misspelled words by each, and Scripps brought out the podium and buzzer for the lightning round that all the finalists had practiced for in the mostly empty ballroom hours earlier.

Harini was faster and sharper throughout, and the judges’ final tally confirmed her victory.

The last fully in-person version of the bee had no tiebreaker and ended in an eight-way tie. The 2020 bee was canceled because of the pandemic, and in 2021 it was mostly virtual, with only 11 finalists gathering in Florida as Zaila Avant-garde became the first Black American champion.

The changes continued this year with Scripps ending its deal with longtime partner ESPN and producing its own telecast for its networks ION and Bounce, with actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton as host. The transition was bumpy at times, with long and uneven commercial breaks that broke up the action and audio glitches that exposed the inner workings of the broadcast to the in-person crowd.

The bee itself was leaner, with fewer than half the participants it had in 2019 because of sponsors dropping out and the end of a wild-card program. And spellers had to answer vocabulary questions live on stage for the first time, resulting in several surprising eliminations during the semifinals.

Harini bowing out on a vocabulary word was briefly the biggest shock of all. Then she was back on stage, and at the end, she was still there.

Source: Voice of America

US Prepares for Launch of COVID Vaccines for Under-5s

American children under age 5 could receive their first COVID-19 vaccines as early as June 21, the White House’s top COVID official said Thursday — if the two vaccines under review are approved by both U.S. government bodies responsible for such authorizations.

“We know that many, many parents are eager to vaccinate their youngest kids,” said White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha. “And it’s important to do this right. And that’s what this process has been all about.”

Starting Friday, he said, the federal government will make 10 million doses available for order by states, pharmacies, community health centers and federal entities. Once the Food and Drug Administration approves the vaccine, those doses can be shipped, and once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives its approval, children can start to get vaccinated. He predicted that if the process unfolds smoothly, children could begin receiving shots on June 21.

Currently, only children 5 or older are eligible for two-dose vaccines and for booster shots. If the vaccine is approved, the doses will be smaller than adult doses, Jha said, and the government has encouraged suppliers to make vaccinations available outside work and school hours, so parents can easily access them.

“We are prepared,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “We’re working with states, local health departments, pediatricians, family doctors, other health providers and pharmacies to get ready, as we did with kids that are between 5 and 11. So we want to make sure that we get this done swiftly but also safely and … follow CDC recommendations.”

Last month, during the Quad leaders summit in Tokyo, the U.S. committed to providing COVID-19 boosters and pediatric doses to countries in greatest need, including in the Indo-Pacific. But it’s not clear whether the administration has firm plans to donate the vaccines for young children at this point.

“One of the things that the Quad partners are committed to is making sure that doses are safe and effective, and not trying to do anything to try and prejudge the approval process,” a senior administration official told VOA.

Moderna asked for authorization for pediatric vaccines in late April; Pfizer asked last month. The most recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 18% of parents of under-5 children will get their children vaccinated quickly. But 38% say they will wait and observe how others take the vaccine. And another 38% say they will either “definitely not” pursue the vaccine or will do so only if required.

Johns Hopkins University, a leading tracker of the pandemic, notes that parental uptake of child vaccinations has been “stubbornly slow,” with less than 30% of children receiving the vaccine.

“The consistent message throughout the pandemic has been that the virus is mild for children,” said Rupali Limaye, deputy director of the International Vaccine Access Center.

The CDC emphasizes that the child-sized vaccine is safe and effective.

While severe cases among children are less prevalent than among adults, the CDC notes that since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has taken the lives of 479 American children under age 5.

Source: Voice of America

Football: Endurance made us win – national coach

Luanda – Angola’s national football team’s coach, Pedro Gonçalves, Wednesday said the endurance his team demonstrated during the match with the Central African Republic (CAR) was the key-element for them to be able to win the first round of the qualifying group E for the 2023 African Cup Nations (CAN).

Speaking in a post match press conference played at luanda’s 11 de Novembro Stadium, the coach said the team had to be resilient, especially in the period after the goal conceded in minute 31 to control the opponent and continue pushing for the win.

The Angolan national team’s coach added that it was expected that the opponent would use their physical strength, quick exits in counter-attacks and long passes, underscoring that as a result of the attacks through the wings and in the middle the team levelled the match and eventually won the game.

Pedro Gonçalves said he will continue to work to correct some aspects and improve others ahead of the coming match with Madagascar, for the second round of the African competition.

Angola are in the second position of group E led by Ghana that beat Madagascar (3-0) to top the group with three points.

Central Africa and Madagascar have not yet reached a point in the competition.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

IGAPE gives 15 days to companies to render accounts

Luanda – The Institute for Management of Assets and State Holdings (IGAPE) has set the 15th of this month as the deadline for companies in the public business sector to submit the financial reporting documents for the 2021 financial year.

The charge is being made through Notice 001/PCA/IGAPE/2022, of 6 January, sent to the companies of the Public Business Sector (SEP), according to the note from the institution to which ANGOP had access.

The deadline for the delivery of the accounting documents for the 2021 financial year is special for companies that already present consolidated accounts.

According to the public document, the said deadline was based on the recognition of the greater complexity in the process of consolidating accounts, as well as the limitations that still persist in the mobility of independent auditors, stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

After the uniform treatment, the accounts will be published simultaneously on IGAPE’s website after the 16th of June this year.

In this way, IGAPE wants to ensure a more complete analysis by readers of the accounts provided, free of loopholes susceptible to speculation.

2020 accounts were negative

According to the 2020 aggregate report, to which ANGOP had access, in 2020, there was a drop of about 174.8%,compared to 2019, with the Operating Result reaching negative 526.1 billion kwanzas.

This result was mainly influenced by the negative contributions of the operating calculations of Sonangol and TAAG, by about 83% and 18%, respectively.

Sonangol’s result was affected by the significant reduction in revenues from the sale of crude oil, as a result of the price decrease, while TAAG’s was influenced by the drop in air traffic, due to the restrictive measures to combat Covid-19.

Also in 2020, the non-financial companies of SEP recorded an expressive worsening in their net result, by encompassing an aggregate loss of Kz 2,633.3 billion, a value 18.5 times greater than the loss recorded in 2019, of Kz 142.1 billion.

The companies that contributed most to this result were Sonangol, TAAG and ENDE, whose negative net results were equivalent to 90.5%, 5.0% and 4.2%, respectively, of the total.

Among the reasons that contributed to the excessive negative results, alongside the operational performance, IGAPE pointed to Sonangol’s impairments and financial results.

The SEP universe in 2020 was made up of 85 companies, 69 of which were public, 12 with public domain and four minority public shareholdings.

Of the universe of 89 companies existing in 2019, there was the exit of four, with three breweries (Cuca, EKA and N’Gola) privatised and one extinct (Ferrangol, E.P.).

The document reports that the portfolio of the Public Business Sector (SEP) of companies that reported accounts for the 2020 financial year is made up of 71 companies, 60 of which are public companies and 11 with public domain.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Sovereigns praise President Lourenço’s achievements

Bailundo – The Angolan sovereigns this Thursday praised the achievements of the government of the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, during a walk through the main streets of the municipal town of Bailundo, in Huambo province.

The walk, which started at Ombala Yo Mbalundu and ended at square Ekuikui II, over a distance of five kilometres, was marked by the reading of messages and “blessings” of thanks and consecration to the achievements of President Lourenço, in the fight against corruption, related crimes and improvement of the living quality of families.

Among those present were the sovereigns of Bailundo, Tchongolola Tchongonga, of Huambo, Artur Moço, of the Lundas, Muatchissengue Watembo, of Cuando Cubango, Muene Menongue, as well as the grand chiefs of Uige, Miguel Vinho, and of Cacuaco (Luanda), António Falcão.

In this regard, the king of Bailundo, Tchongolola Tchongonga, said that the march served to thank the work of President João Lourenço in the fight against corruption, money laundering, flattery and impunity, as well as the improvement of Angola’s image abroad, construction of socio-economic infrastructures and valuing families.

“Good things should always be recognised and, for this reason, the country’s traditional authorities decided to promote this walk to attribute, in a rating from zero to 10, the maximum grade (10) to the President of the Republic for all the achievements, between 2017 and 2022, notwithstanding the economic-financial crisis, aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he emphasised.

He stressed that President João Lourenço has built, in the last five years, several school and hospital infrastructures, improved the drinking water distribution network, interconnected the country’s electricity system, invested in the technical-vocational training of young people and held regular public recruitment for admission to the education, health, justice and defence and security sectors.

In the view of the king of the Lundas, Muatchissengue Watembo, the march is a true recognition of the gains obtained by all Angolans in the last five years under President João Lourenço.

The great chief of Uige, Miguel Vinho, said that the development of the country is visible in all aspects, hence the reason to deserve the recognition of all traditional authorities of the country, for being the figures who know better the suffering and the joys of the community.

CNPTA created in the sight of the sovereigns

At the same time, the sovereigns and great chiefs of the provinces of Benguela, Bié, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Sul, Huambo, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul and Uige, expressed their intention of creating, soon, the National Council of Traditional Power in Angola – CNPTA, for better control and inspection of the bogus chiefs.

The king of Bailundo, Tchongolola Tchongonga, said that the initiative aims at making traditional power a true partner of the State and thus dismantle the bogus traditional authorities.

He denounced the existence of associations that pretended to be representatives of the traditional power, to extort goods from the government and the communities.

The sovereign said that the meeting plans to appoint the representatives of the provincial, municipal and communal councils, in addition to allowing for the exchange of experiences between traditional authorities in the field of education and preservation of national culture.

The first meeting to implement the CNPTA took place in Kwanza Sul province, from 19 to 21 May, with the participation of kings, chiefs and elders from the country’s 18 provinces.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angola committed to clean energy

Luanda – The Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, said Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden, that Angola plans to reach a target of 70 percent of energy from non-polluting sources by 2025, favouring clean energy from hydroelectric dams and solar power.

According to the official, who was speaking at the opening of the United Nations Conference on the environment, “Stockholm+50,” to that end the country has approved the National Climate Change and Environmental Education Strategies.

“And investments have been made in economic and social infrastructures to mitigate the effects of the prolonged drought affecting southern Angola, particularly the recently inaugurated Cafu canal in Cunene province, where access to water has already been ensured over a 160-kilometre stretch for 350,000 people, thus ensuring better opportunities in food production and livestock,” she added.

Angola, according to Carolina Cerqueira, is also involved in preparations for the United Nations Conference on the Oceans, taking into account the importance of the blue economy and marine pollution.

“We draw special attention to the need to show solidarity, fulfil the imperative of sharing the means of implementation, in full recognition of the special situation and the specific needs of developing countries. Financial resources, technical expertise and strengthening the capacity of our institutions are also everyone’s responsibility,” she said.

Carolina Cerqueira advanced that the country is committed to modernising national environmental laws, integrating civil society, as well as developing effective national mechanisms to enforce laws in this area.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angolan youths benefit from training in USA

Luanda- Sixteen young Angolans are this month due to take part in intensive leadership and management courses at American universities, under the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022 and Alumni Enrichment Institute (AEI) scholarship programmes.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship and the Alumni Enrichment Institute are part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), an effort by the US Administration to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

The selected young Angolans, aged between 16 and 35, will travel to the United States on 7 June to take part in intensive training courses on public administration, entrepreneurship and civic leadership, over a period of a month and a half, as well as having contact with 700 young African leaders to create partnerships.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a scholarship to support young African leaders to promote growth, prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, consolidate peace and security in Africa. This type of fellowship will take hundreds of young Africans to the United States for six weeks from June to August this year for academic courses and leadership training at local universities, as well as a virtual summit in Washington D.C.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angola, Brazil boost economic cooperation

Luanda – The Angolan government wants to carry out a business mission to Brazil to boost financial and business relations between the two countries, as well as making the private sector more inclusive in Angola.

The wish was expressed Thursday in Luanda by Foreign Minister, Téte António, when he was speaking at a seminar on the “Brazil/Angola economic partnership – funding solutions.

At the time, the Angolan minister invited the Brazilians to explore the opportunities that Angola offers, particularly the sectors of farming, forestry, manufacturing industry, fishing and mineral resources.

He also pointed to trade, energy and water, construction, hotels and tourism, transport and telecommunications as other areas that need to be explored and funded in the country.

“Angola’s interest is to attract more and more investors that bring financial capital, advanced technology and, above all, the knowledge that will allow us to diversify and quickly and efficiently increase domestic production of goods and services,” he said.

Téte António also encouraged Angolan businesspeople to take advantage of the opportunity to sign new partnerships that have reciprocal advantages, with a view to increasing trade between the two countries.

He noted that implementation of the Cooperation and Investment Facilitation Agreement (ACFI) between Angola and Brazil also created investment opportunities in strategic sectors, such as sustainable tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and services.

The minister noted that Angola’s priorities were focused on improving the business framework and creating favourable conditions for businesspeople, in order to simplify procedures and make the business environment more attractive, predictable and secure.

In his turn, the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Carlos Alberto França, advocated the need to implement prudent macro-economic policies and structural reforms that provide a favourable business environment for Brazilians and Angolans.

For the leader, it is necessary to follow the path of economic freedom, to stimulate the participation of national and foreign private actors in the respective economies.

As part of the re-launch of the economic partnership, France defended maximising the economic opportunities of both countries, so that Brazilians and Angolans become ever closer, ensuring the prosperity of both peoples.

The business meeting between the Angolans and Brazilians aimed to identify pragmatic funding solutions to boost bilateral business.

Brazil was the first country to recognize Angola’s independence, proclaimed in 1975. Commercial relations between the two countries go back as far as the recognition of the African country’s self-determination.

Source: Angola Press News Agency