Afternoon Coffee: JB Poindexter’s VP of Supply Chain Talks Metals Tariff Risk; Avetta Launches New Tech Platform

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Matt Marthinson, VP of Supply Chain at JB Poindexter & Co., Inc. lets MetalMiner podcast listeners in on how an established transportation industry manufacturer with significant exposure to commodity risk views the tariff landscape, both now and into 2020.

Listen in to the full conversation with MetalMiner Executive Editor Lisa Reisman on Spend Matters’ sister site’s current podcast series, "The Maker-to-User Trend in the Time of Tariffs."

Avetta launches technology platform "Connect"

Avetta, a software provider of supply chain risk management solutions, has launched a tech platform called "Connect." It will act as a bridge between organizations with qualified and vetted suppliers, contractors and vendors.

The company says because of its simplicity and easy configuration options, the Connect platform will help its 450+ global clients and 85,000+ contractors and suppliers to connect anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world, irrespective of the end-user technical skills, according to the release.

Challenges faced by F-35 supply chain

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office has listed spare part shortages as one of the three major challenges in the F-35 fighter aircraft supply chain.

The report, ‘F-35 Aircraft Sustainment’, comes at a time when the U.S. Department of Defense is planning to buy 2,663 F-35 fighter jet aircraft with deliveries taking place up to the year 2037. The other hurdles include mismatched parts and an immature global supply network, according to the report.

New law models expand as alternative legal services are on the rise

So-called New Law innovation continues to expand globally across the supply-side of the legal industry. Two announcements at the end of April demonstrated the continuing rise and mainstreaming of cost-effective and agile outsourced legal services (including on-demand, flexible lawyering) that can be consumed by corporate legal departments.

Australian-based “alternative legal services provider” LOD (Lawyers on Demand), announced its acquisition of lexvoco, which supports in-house counsel “by delivering innovative legal operations and legal-tech solutions as well as providing law firm services.” Like LOD, lexvoco offers a range of temporary lawyer services that can be more cost-effective than those of traditional (Big Law) law firms.

In addition, the long-established, London-based law firm Linklaters launched its Re:Link contract lawyer platform. According to the company, “Re:link provides clients with access to a network of the highest-quality lawyers to meet their immediate business needs, across a broad range of specialist expertise.” Conversely, “Re:link provides leading UK lawyers with access to the most challenging, engaging and rewarding legal work on a regular fixed-term basis.”

In the Linklaters model, Re:link contract lawyers “are fully aligned with Linklaters’ practice teams and develop a network of expert colleagues. Re:link contractors also have “access to the support of the firm’s extensive professional infrastructure.” This model of integrating contract professionals into a firm’s internal teams has also been appearing with large consultancies.

50,000 companies running SAP software are at risk

Fresh research has shown that at least 50,000 companies on SAP software are at risk of being hacked after security firm Onapsis discovered new exploits, according to Reuters. However, the German software giant has said it had issued guidelines on how to correctly configure the security settings in 2009 and 2013. Regardless, Onapsis says in its report that 90% of affected SAP systems have not been properly protected.

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