PwC: Supply chains will up supplier scrutiny after coronavirus

PwC | April 13, 2020

Supply chains will more closely review their suppliers' financial health and diversification long after the impact of coronavirus has passed, according to more than 300 CFOs surveyed by PwC between April 6-8. More purposeful site selection for new product manufacturing, and pre-approving secondary sources for key materials and components are also on the to-do list for supply chains in the long-term, according to a report accompanying the survey. Of the financial leaders surveyed, 39% are considering changes in their supply chains as of April 8. "I think that reflects the fact that ... as companies look to China and manufacturing coming back online, they have more confidence than they did the last time around in the near term strength of the China supply chain," Amity Millhiser, PwC vice chair and chief clients officer, said on a Monday call with reporters. She also pointed out that the trend toward supply chain optimization has left many organizations heavily dependent on few suppliers or supplying countries, which has become a source of risk as the virus moves around the world.

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PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING,SUPPLY CHAIN

Flex receives 4th consecutive Lenovo EMEA Logistics Supplier of the Year Award

Flex | August 03, 2022

For the fourth year in a row, Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX) has been named as Lenovo EMEA Logistics Supplier of the Year. The award is recognition of Flex's ability to create a seamless experience for companies and their customers that is resilient and adaptable to rapidly changing global end market demands. The award was presented at the Lenovo EMEA Global Logistics Suppliers Conference attended by Lenovo's connected partner network. Flex's value added fulfilment services, which include vendor managed inventory, warehousing, fulfilment and last mile distribution, helped Lenovo deliver increased volumes across their PC & Smart Devices, Mobile, Server and Cloud business in what was a dynamic and highly challenging supply chain environment. Speaking at the virtual Lenovo Supplier Conference, where the theme was resiliency, intelligence and ambition, Lenovo Head of Global Logistics, Gareth Davies, said, "Never has there been greater challenges in the logistics space. There are multiple hurdles, including unprecedented supply and demand volatility, and significant transportation constraints. To these the Flex team really responded. Every one of our partners raised their game to help Lenovo navigate a volatile, high volume and challenging year, but Flex won out against strong competition for their outstanding performance." "We are honored to receive this award from our valued partner Lenovo. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our teams across EMEA, in what was another highly unpredictable year for supply chains. Our team truly demonstrated our capability to be a trusted partner for a market-leading brand who needed to move fast, retain operational resiliency and maintain its competitive advantage." -Pat Ring, senior vice president and general manager for Flex Global Services and Solutions, Over 11,000 employees across 30 countries in Flex Global Services and Solutions (GSS) help customers manage how their products exist in the world through a range of value added services including fulfillment, logistics, aftermarket services and circular economy solutions. About Flex Flex (Reg. No. 199002645H) is the manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products that improve the world. Through the collective strength of a global workforce across 30 countries and responsible, sustainable operations, Flex delivers technology innovation, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions to diverse industries and end markets.

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Mandiant and Interos Join Forces to Advance Supply Chain Cyber Risk Management

Mandiant, Inc | June 02, 2022

Mandiant, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNDT) and Interos, the fast-growing operational resilience company, announced a strategic partnership to provide advanced insights and analysis to help enterprises defend against cyber attacks and other threats to their operational resilience. The collaborative partnership is designed to bring to market new intelligence based on insights gleaned from the Interos Resilience Lab, as well as Interos’ SaaS platform, and the frontline investigations and remediations Mandiant conducts regarding high impact cyber attacks worldwideMandiant M-Trends 2022 report shows that global supply chains remain an attractive target for threat actors who seek to take advantage of trusted business-to-business relationships, as attacking the supply chain provides an opportunity to pivot from one supplier network into multiple customer networks at once. In fact, when the initial infection vector was identified, supply chain compromise accounted for 17% of intrusions investigated by Mandiant in 2021, compared to less than 1% in 2020. Further, new data from Interos’ 2022 Annual Global Supply Chain Report reveals that organizations have been impacted by on average three significant supply chain disruptions within the last 12 months (not including the Ukraine war) – costing a combined $182 million in lost revenue. Cyber attacks account for $37 million of that figure. Additionally, the overwhelming majority (91%) of executives reported that their organizations had experienced supply chain disruptions from Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in their extended supply chain. “Interos is focused on helping organizations ensure operational resilience; continuously delivering in-depth analysis on criticality for risk, and risk management, Together with Interos, Mandiant will be able to proactively problem solve with a company that is leading the way in ensuring organizations of all sizes understand key attack vectors across supply chain, threat actors and nation state threats.” -Marshall Heilman, Chief Technology Officer, Mandiant The partnership announcement follows a recent alert from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warning of an increase in malicious cyber activity targeting managed service providers (MSPs). The advisory also recommended MSPs to understand and proactively manage their supply chain risk. “The CISA warning is more evidence that existing supply chain risk management systems were not designed for today’s complex risk environment, Our collaboration with Mandiant will provide multi-factor risk intelligence to help commercial and government organizations better protect targeted entities in their third-party relationships to insulate them from disruption, ransomware, and IP theft. We’re proud to partner with Mandiant to help leaders discover hidden business relationships and exposure to cyber vulnerabilities.” -Nishant Gupta, Chief Technology Officer, Interos About Mandiant, Inc. Since 2004, Mandiant has been a trusted partner to security-conscious organizations. Effective security is based on the right combination of expertise, intelligence, and adaptive technology, and the Mandiant Advantage SaaS platform scales decades of frontline experience and industry-leading threat intelligence to deliver a range of dynamic cyber defense solutions. Mandiant’s approach helps organizations develop more effective and efficient cyber security programs and instills confidence in their readiness to defend against and respond to cyber threats. Join the conversation. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Mandiant is a registered trademark of Mandiant, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. About Interos Interos is the operational resilience company — reinventing how companies manage their supply chains and business relationships — through our breakthrough SaaS platform that uses artificial intelligence to model and transform the ecosystems of complex businesses into a living global map, down to any single supplier, anywhere. The Interos Operational Resilience Cloud helps organizations reduce risk, avoid disruptions, and achieve superior enterprise adaptability. Based in Washington, DC, the fast-growing private company is led by CEO Jennifer Bisceglie and supported by investors Kleiner Perkins, NightDragon, and Venrock. www.interos.ai.

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TRANSPORTATION

Majestic Steel USA Acquires Quicken Steel and Mercury Transport

Majestic Steel USA | July 15, 2022

Majestic Steel USA, Inc. ("Majestic"), a leading provider of supply chain solutions and prime flat-rolled steel products across North America, has completed two strategic acquisitions in manufacturing and logistics. Quicken Steel LLC, a manufacturer of steel buildings and components based in Claxton, Georgia, and Mercury Transport Inc., a transportation company based in Pittsburg, California, will become wholly owned divisions of Majestic Steel USA, Inc. Quicken Steel will continue to operate independently while using Majestic resources to create synergies. With a niche in providing short lead-times and the quick installation of steel buildings, it's a downstream opportunity that aligns with Majestic's approach to growth and innovation. The acquisition of Mercury Transport is a follow-on investment to Majestic's 2021 acquisition of Merit Steel USA, a West Coast based steel service center with locations in Pittsburg, CA, Fontana, CA, and Longview, WA. "These strategic investments further Majestic's commitment to customer service, supply chain reliability, and innovation in steel. Quicken Steel is an opportunity for us to provide our existing solutions downstream where we believe steel is critical to the future of building. We were attracted to their growth-oriented business model, focus on short customer lead-times, and commitment to sustainability. These acquisitions build on our 2021 investments as we continue to expand our footprint across North America." -Todd Leebow, President & CEO of Majestic Steel USA About Majestic Steel USA Majestic Steel USA, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a privately held and family owned provider of supply chain solutions and prime flat-rolled steel products. Majestic serves its customers in manufacturing, construction and distribution from its network of locations throughout North America. Majestic is a leader in the domestic steel industry with a vision of innovation. Majestic believes steel is critical to American industry and the economy, and continues to supply quality products and the best customer experience

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FREIGHT

Sleek Technologies and Propero Consulting Automate Freight Procurement for Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Users

Sleek Technologies | June 23, 2022

Sleek Technologies, the leader in freight procurement automation, announced its strategic partnership with Propero Consulting. Propero, an Oracle Partner, designs and implements innovative supply chain solutions that improve operational efficiencies. Together, Sleek and Propero will help OTM customers uncover resilience, sustainability, and cost reduction opportunities related to transportation management. “This strategic alliance supports our push towards freight procurement automation, OTM users will now have the ability to dynamically source compliant carriers through an AI-powered, self-regulated freight marketplace that eliminates waste such as brokers and RFPs.” -Mike Nervick, CEO of Sleek Technologies. Sleek Technologies uses proprietary AI and machine learning algorithms to dynamically match shipper loads to compliant carriers at the right time, location, and market price. Data seamlessly flows between Sleek and OTM, so customers gain a complete snapshot of truckload activity for stronger, data-driven decision making. ”Over the last 24 months, many shippers have identified the need to automate important supply chain processes and improve overall carrier capacity, Transportation management remains at the top of the list. This automated solution we’ve developed for OTM with Sleek turns the static freight procurement process into a dynamic real-time process, reducing truckload cost while improving on time delivery.” -Mauricio Ramirez, Managing Director of Propero Consulting. With a heightened focus on digital transformation, and a need to remain resilient especially during times of unknowns, innovative shippers have realized the old, antiquated way to procure freight no longer works. From dealing with outdated fixed pricing to waiting hours on load acceptance, freight procurement has been in desperate need of a revamp for decades. And innovative technology is proving to help overcome these long standing operational hurdles. About Propero Propero Consulting is an Oracle Partner that specializes in Oracle Supply Chain Applications such as Oracle Transportation Management (OTM), Global Trade Management (GTM), and Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS). Our mission is to deliver tangible value to our clients through best-in-breed supply chain solutions and best-in-class service. To learn more please visit our website. About Sleek Technologies: Sleek Technologies is the market leader in freight procurement automation. With AI-powered technology and 100% data transparency, Sleek Technologies uncovers resilience, sustainability, and cost-reduction opportunities that empower customers to always deliver products on time, at fair market cost. To join other shippers who have automated freight procurement, please visit the website.

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