Afternoon Coffee: Find go-to vendors to weather the coronavirus crisis; small businesses reacting to virus fallout; Pentagon may revisit JEDI-Microsoft contract

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Spend Matters’ analysts have begun a series that highlights which procurement technology vendors that businesses should consider to cope with disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. In any crisis, businesses need to manage supply risk, understand your suppliers’ suppliers, find advanced analytics, conserve working capital and stem fraud. Read about some of the vendors here. Our PRO subscribers can read the full text. If you want access to this PRO series and other analyst content, see the details below.

Small businesses start to feel fallout of COVID-19

CNBC reports that small business owners are starting to feel the heat of the coronavirus outbreak like dropping sales and supply-chain problems. A new survey shows current effects from coronavirus were limited, but concern was great.

The National Federation of Independent Business finds that 74% of small businesses say they are not yet impacted by the pandemic, while 23% said they were being negatively affected. Just 3% reported positive impacts.

Airfreight rates from China to U.S. went up 27% in 2 weeks

New numbers by the TAC Index show airfreight rates from China to the U.S. went up by 27% between Feb. 24 and March 9 to touch $3.49 per kilogram.

Flight cancellations out of China have removed 5,100 tons of capacity from China per day on average, which has led to a 36% year-over-year decline in total airfreight capacity out of mainland China, according to an operational update from Agility Logistics.

Pentagon wants to reconsider $10 billion JEDI-Microsoft contract

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has sought court approval to reconsider some aspects of its decision to award a $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract to Microsoft Corp. The Pentagon also said it wanted to re-evaluate parts of the bidders’ price proposals and online marketplaces. Amazon was a bidder for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract and has disputed the contract process, spurring this court case.

A Reuters report based on court filings said lawyers for the U.S. government had asked a federal judge to grant the Pentagon “120 days to reconsider certain aspects of the challenged agency decision.” According to the DoD said in a filing to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, it did “not intend to conduct discussions with offers or to accept proposal revisions with respect to any aspect of the solicitation other than price scenario.”

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