Afternoon Coffee: Beeline & Workspend Link Up; Koble 2.0 Premieres; Apple Inc’s Project Titan Continues

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But first, Reuters reported that Apple Inc has held talks with at least four suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars.

This is yet more evidence of 'Project Titan', Apple's autonomous vehicle project, and the company is on the lookout for lidar units that would be smaller, cheaper and more easily mass-produced than present-day technology.

Koble releases new, ‘Koblier’ version of their platform

Spend Matters UK reports that Koble has “undergone a bit of an exciting transformation since we last caught up with Fabrice Saporito – Koble founder and creator – making it more user-friendly, more accessible and, for Koble developers, more scalable.”

Koble has “a unique-in-its-market, global business-to-business matchmaking platform; it connects buyers with suppliers and vice-versa,” and the recent changes “enable them, primarily, to do two things: have a product that could be more enhanced for SEO and deliver value straightaway to the user, and, simplify the product to make it easier to adopt, with no gatekeeper and a ready-made database of companies that did not rely on organic growth through sign-ups,” writes Nancy Clinton, editor of SM UK.

New supply chain regulations coming

Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider has indicated that fresh regulations are coming that will introduce protections and transparency in the technology supply chain.

Addressing delegates at a cybersecurity event in Virginia hosted by the Intelligence National Security Alliance, Schneider said the federal government was looking for industry feedback on the issue, according to FCW.

Beeline, Workspend partner up

Beeline, the global vendor management system (VMS) provider, and Workspend, a managed service provider (MSP), have inked a partnership. According to the press release, the partnership "will allow Workspend’s clients to manage contingent workforce spend through a system that’s fully compliant with all local and regional regulations throughout the world."

Common clients of Beeline and Workspend will be able to manage work through one seamless user experience.

“Together with Beeline, we are creating an optimized customer experience on a global basis that will provide unique, scalable, benefits to our clients," said Dan Rothberg, president of Workspend.

Pipeline Talent Solutions, VectorVMS also link up

Pipeline Talent Solutions has announced a partnership with VectorVMS to offer clients a more flexible, seamless approach to strategic workforce program management, according to a recent press release.

Pipeline, a division of AtWork Group and a relative newcomer to the contingent workforce management space, describes itself as “a strategic advisory organization providing guidance to improve clients’ talent acquisition and management.” According to Pipeline President Curt Paquette, "by adding VectorVMS to a program, clients are better able to control costs, maintain compliance, and realize efficiency at multiple points across their workforce programs."

VectorVMS, formerly a division of PeopleFluent which was acquired by Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG), “delivers software and services to help businesses optimize their contingent workforce programs.” Marc Husain, the Managing Director at VectorVMS, said “the partnership between Pipeline Talent Solutions and VectorVMS will allow us to better understand what clients need and provide the most suitable solutions.”

Four container shipping companies form association

After a nearly five-month wait, four of the world's best-known container shipping companies — Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and Ocean Network Express (ONE) — have formed the non-profit Digital Container Shipping Association. This comes after a green light from the Federal Maritime Commission.

The Association, headquartered in Amsterdam, aims to create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient for both customers and shipping lines, according to Supply Chain Dive.

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