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•  CNN reports that more companies are joining the advertiser boycott of Facebook, which is centered on what is seen as the social media site's failure to stop hate speech on the platform.

New companies that have said they will pull their ads for a period of time and reconsider their approach to social media advertising are Clorox, Adidas, Beam Suntory, Blue Bottle Coffee, Denny's, Hersey, HP, and Ford.

They join companies that include The North Face, REI, Patagonia, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Eddie Bauer, and Unilever.


•  From Bloomberg:

"Amazon.com Inc., Overstock.com Inc., and Fisher Scientific Inc. have won highly lucrative U.S. government e-commerce contracts, giving them the power to control how vendors sell billions of dollars in goods to federal agencies.

"The General Services Administration announced on Friday that it had chosen the companies to develop portals to sell products such as office supplies to federal agencies, opening up a new multi million-dollar revenue stream for the firms.

"The GSA has said the project, known as the Commercial Platforms Initiative, is intended to streamline the government’s Byzantine acquisition process by making it, faster, cheaper and more transparent."


•  The Consumer Brands Association (CBA) has announced that it has "brought together 23 consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and retailers to launch a new task force that will study the impact of a contactless pick-up and delivery protocol to create greater efficiencies and reduce employee risk during deliveries. The Contactless Delivery Task Force brings together manufacturers, supply chain partners and retailers to develop scalable, uniform standards for safely transporting and exchanging freight, with an initial focus on electronic bills of lading (eBOL)."