Secon signs up for super-site in Victoria

Logistics & Materials Handling | May 02, 2019

Secon Freight Logistics is expanding its presence in Victoria and has committed to a new purpose-built logistics hub in Truganina.The logistics hub will be partially owned by Secon and partially retained by Berton Investment under a long-term lease with Secon.Secon Freight Logistics partnered with property and supply chain firm TM Insight on the design and delivery of this new facility.The new 21,000-square-metre facility will be situated on a 90,000-square-metre site area.The end value of the facility is in excess of $50 million. Secon Freight Logistics have purchased the main office, container park, cross-docking warehouse and workshop part of the logistics hub and will be leasing the adjacent logistics warehouse building from Berton Investments.

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Majestic Steel USA Acquires Quicken Steel and Mercury Transport

Majestic Steel USA | July 15, 2022

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Trellix Launches Advanced Research Center, Finds Estimated 350K Open-Source Projects at Risk to Supply Chain Vulnerability

Trellix | September 22, 2022

Trellix, the cybersecurity company delivering the future of extended detection and response (XDR), announced the establishment of the Trellix Advanced Research Center to advance global threat intelligence. Comprised of hundreds of the world’s most elite security analysts and researchers, the Advanced Research Center produces actionable real-time intelligence and threat indicators to help customers detect, respond and remediate the latest cybersecurity threats. “The threat landscape is scaling in sophistication and potential for impact We do this work to make our digital and physical worlds safer for everyone. With adversaries strategically investing in talent and technical know-how, the industry has a duty to study the most combative actors and their methods to innovate at a faster rate.” -Aparna Rayasam, Chief Product Officer, Trellix Trellix Advanced Research Center has the cybersecurity industry’s most comprehensive charter and is at the forefront of emerging methods, trends and actors across the threat landscape. The premier partner of security operations teams across the globe, Trellix Advanced Research Center provides intelligence and cutting-edge content to security analysts while powering our leading XDR platform. Python Tarfile Vulnerability Highlights Software Supply Chain Complexities In coordination with today’s launch, Trellix Advanced Research Center also published its research into CVE-2007-4559, a vulnerability estimated to be present in over 350,000 open-source projects and prevalent in closed-source projects. It exists in the Python tarfile module which is a default module in any project using Python and is found extensively in frameworks created by Netflix, AWS, Intel, Facebook, Google, and applications used for machine learning, automation and docker containerization. The vulnerability can be exploited by uploading a malicious file generated with two or three lines of simple code and allows attackers arbitrary code execution, or control of a target device. “When we talk about supply chain threats, we typically refer to cyber-attacks like the SolarWinds incident, however building on top of weak code-foundations can have an equally severe impact This vulnerability’s pervasiveness is furthered by industry tutorials and online materials propagating its incorrect usage. It’s critical for developers to be educated on all layers of the technology stack to properly prevent the reintroduction of past attack surfaces.” -Christiaan Beek, Head of Adversarial & Vulnerability Research, Trellix. Open-source developer tools, like Python, are necessary to advance computing and innovation, and protection from known vulnerabilities requires industry collaboration. Trellix is working to push code via GitHub pull request to protect open-source projects from the vulnerability. A free tool for developers to check if their applications are vulnerable is available on Trellix Advanced Research Center’s GitHub. About Trellix Trellix is a global company redefining the future of cybersecurity and soulful work. The company’s open and native extended detection and response (XDR) platform helps organizations confronted by today’s most advanced threats gain confidence in the protection and resilience of their operations. Trellix, along with an extensive partner ecosystem, accelerates technology innovation through machine learning and automation to empower over 40,000 business and government customers with living security. More at https://trellix.com. About Trellix Advanced Research Center Trellix Advanced Research Center brings together an elite team of security professionals and researchers to produce insightful and actionable real-time intelligence to propel customer outcomes and the industry at large. Driven by the industry’s most comprehensive charter, our skilled researchers detect trends ahead of the market to empower our customers and partners to solve for emerging threats. More at https://www.trellix.com/en-us/threat-center.html.

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LOGISTICS

XPO Logistics Unveils RXO as Company Name for Planned Spin-Off

XPO Logistics, Inc. | July 14, 2022

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PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING,SUPPLY CHAIN

ADVATIX enables eCommerce growth with digital transformation of supply chains; bags spot on Inc 5000 list 2 years in a row

ADVATIX | September 09, 2022

Inc. Magazine announced that ADVATIX ranked 609 on this year's prestigious list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the USA. ADVATIX was also ranked 493 last year as a leading supply chain and logistics growth enabler. This sustained growth results from the company's mission to help businesses scale up using digital transformation, advanced ADVATIX Cloud Suite technology, and ADVATIX's "boots on the ground" industry experts. "I am grateful to our client companies for their faith in us and for giving us the opportunity to be part of their growth stories. It is also truly an honor to work with our global team of the industry's finest and find ADVATIX back on the list with the fastest growing companies in America. It motivates us to continue making a difference in the Supply Chain space," said Manish Kapoor, Founder & CEO of ADVATIX. ADVATIX was founded just over four years ago and has been providing advanced strategies and supply chain solutions that are focused on helping businesses accelerate growth in eCommerce, ultra-fast delivery, ship from store, and omni-channel experience. The team at ADVATIX is composed of leading industry experts with extensive experience in operations, logistics, and technology. The ADVATIX Cloud Suite technology sets a new bar in the industry for enabling eCommerce fulfillment, logistics, and inventory planning. "Having observed Manish on our board and ADVATIX help several businesses scale up over the past few years, it is no surprise that they are continuing to grow. The team, solutions, and the technology ADVATIX has developed have been game changing for businesses needing digital transformation of their supply chains. I expect to see continuous innovations from ADVATIX." -Nick Vyas, the Founding Executive Director at the Randall R. Kendrick Global Supply Chain Institute at University of Southern California (USC) With offices in North America, Latin America, and Asia, ADVATIX plans to continue expanding their global footprint. Digital transformation needs the right solution design, LEAN processes, industry best practices for operations, a strong team, and technology that differentiates. ADVATIX solutions are comprehensive to ensure success. It also supports ongoing operations with its global command center for supply chain and customer experience. About ADVATIX ADVATIX, Inc. is one of the leading providers of eCommerce Supply Chain and Logistics solutions. ADVATIX is based in Westlake Village, CA with a global technology hub in New Delhi, India and a LATAM office in Santiago, Chile. The company currently serves customers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.ADVATIX.com or email contact@ADVATIX.com.

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