Afternoon Coffee: ‘Every part of the supply chain can be attacked’; Maersk bolsters its warehousing, distro services

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Bruce Schneier, a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, writes in the New York Times that when it comes to 5G technology, there's a need to develop a trustworthy system out of untrustworthy parts.

Saying that users had no choice but to trust computer technologies, Schneier says it’s impossible to verify that they’re trustworthy. "Solving this problem — which is increasingly a national security issue — will require us to both make major policy changes and invent new technologies."

Bill proposing $1 billion fund to replace Huawei equipment introduced

A U.S. House panel introduced bipartisan legislation earlier this week that would authorize $1 billion for small and rural wireless providers to replace network equipment from telecom companies, including Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, reports Reuters. The bill is similar to one approved in July by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee that would authorize about $700 million in grants to remove Huawei equipment, in a bid to boost the security of the U.S. telecommunication network’s supply chain. The panel will hold a hearing on the bill Friday.

Digital Bazaar strikes a partnership on supply chain digital identities

Digital Bazaar has partnered up with standards organization GS1 US on a blockchain-based identity project for supply chains. There are 20 partners involved in the initiative. The proof of concept aims to build verifiable IDs for companies on the retail and commerce supply chain.

New predictive analytics platform gives retailers more supply-chain visibility

C&S Wholesale Grocers has introduced a real-time view of incoming deliveries with a new predictive supply chain platform for supermarkets and other customers.

C&S Delivery Alerts has been deployed in partnership with Chicago-based FourKites. It sends retailers logic-based messages to track store deliveries in real time, including when a truck has left the warehouse, when it is about an hour away and when it has arrived.

Maersk enhances digital warehousing and distribution with JDA

As part of its focus on digital technologies that simplify its customers’ complex supply chains, A.P. Moller-Maersk will extend its end-to-end container logistics services with JDA Software Inc.’s Warehouse Management solutions, further building its warehousing and distribution services.

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