Eindhoven Logistics Hub represents major expansion for Menlo in Benelux region
Menlo Logistics, the $1.7 billion global logistics and supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way I...
Menlo Logistics, the $1.7 billion global logistics and supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc, has announced a build-to-suit agreement with global industrial real estate developer Prologis, Inc. (NYSE:PLD) for a new 70,000-square-meter regional logistics facility in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The facility will be located at the Acht industrial park in Eindhoven, adjacent to the A2/N2 Eindhoven ring road, which offers direct access to Belgium and Germany, as well as Amsterdam to the north. It will be one of the largest build-to-suit projects in the region. The expansion spotlights Menlo’s commitment to investing in the expanding market for high-value warehousing, distribution and fulfilment services in the Benelux region, and its growing prominence as a strategic logistics hub for central Europe.
“The Benelux region and Europe as a whole have always been strong markets for Menlo and represents some of our most promising growth areas, due largely to our presence in the healthcare sector, where we have served medical device manufacturers for many years,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president of San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics. “Our long-term lease for this facility with our real estate development partner, Prologis, further reinforces our commitment to the European market, not only for healthcare logistics, but across a wide spectrum of industries. We are investing to grow with our customers.”
The new Eindhoven facility complements Menlo’s European footprint, which includes a network of 16 facilities throughout Europe staffed by 800 employees. The company services more than 30 European businesses and multinational companies in sectors such as healthcare, fashion and apparel, consumer goods, e-commerce, high-tech, industrial manufacturing and automotive.
“This transaction reflects the strong demand for Class A facilities in Tilburg, Eindhoven and Venlo and further strengthens Prologis’ presence in this market,” said Bram Verhoeven, country manager, Prologis Benelux. “We are pleased to further our global partnership with Menlo in the development of strategic industrial real estate properties that provide high-value logistics services for local, regional and global businesses.”
The new 70,000-square-meter distribution centre will be a multi-discipline, multi-client facility capable of supporting the local, regional and global supply chain operations of manufacturers, distributors and service providers across a variety of industries.
Eindhoven will be one of Menlo’s most advanced facilities, with specific design elements and features to address the stringent requirements of the multiple industries the company supports. The facility also will be capable of delivering other value-added services, such as picking and packing operations, product configuration, customized labelling and return management services. More than 200 employees will support the operation.
Initial site preparation for the facility began in late July. Construction is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016.
“This new facility is an ideal match for our needs and will accommodate the rapid growth we expect from our ambitious European expansion plans,” said Tony Gunn, managing director, Menlo Logistics Europe. “Prologis collaborated effectively with us to develop a modern, strategically located facility built to our exact specifications. It will provide another efficient platform from which we can employ our Lean approach to logistics and supply chain management.”
Menlo is a leading global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations on five continents. Established in Europe for more than 20 years, the company’s services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehousing, distribution, fulfilment and transportation management, supply chain engineering and other value-added services across multiple industries.
Prologis is the leading provider of industrial real estate in the Benelux, with approximately 1.7 million-square-meters of logistics and distribution space in the region. Menlo also partners with Prologis to lease and operate logistics facilities in Asia and North America.
“Our customers expect consistent, efficient, high-quality service, and this new facility, coupled with our commitment to sustainable business practices and Lean continuous improvement, delivers on that promise,” concluded Menlo’s Bianco.
Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.7 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), a $5.8 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at http://www.con-way.com/en/logistics.
In Europe, Menlo Logistics maintains 16 dedicated or multi-client Logistics Centres and Transportation Control Towers located in the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Hungary and the United Kingdom. This warehouse and transportation network can serve as a pan-European distribution solution, using one or several facilities.
4PL supply chain and transport management solutions, as well as 3PL warehousing, VAS and distribution services, are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors, including retail and consumer, e-fulfillment, health care, e-returns, manufacturing support, data centre logistics, spare parts and aftermarket supply, and high-tech logistics. The European headquarters is at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Centre in the Netherlands. For more information, go to www.menlologistics.com/europe.
Google and NIST Address Supply Chain Cybersecurity
As high-level supply chain attacks hit the news, Google and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have both developed proposals for how to address software supply chain security. This isn’t a new field, unfortunately. Since supply chains are a critical part of business resilience, criminals have no qualms about targeting its software. That’s why identifying, assessing, and mitigating cyber supply chain risks (C-SCRM) is at the top of Google and NIST’s respective agendas.
High-Profile Supply Chain Attacks
According to Google, no comprehensive end-to-end framework exists to mitigate threats across the software supply chain. [Yet] ‘there is an urgent need for a solution in the face of the eye-opening, multi-billion-dollar attacks in recent months...some of which could have been prevented or made more difficult’.
Here are several of the largest cybersecurity failures in recent months:
- SolarWinds. Alleged Russian hackers slipped malicious code into a routine software update, which they then used as a Trojan horse for a massive cyberattack.
- Codecov. Attackers used automation to collect credentials and raid ‘additional resources’, such as data from other software development vendors.
- Malicious attacks on open-source repositories. Out of 1,000 GitHub accounts, more than one in five contained at least one dependency confusion-related misconfiguration.
As a result of these attacks and Biden’s recent cybersecurity mandate, NIST and Google took action. NIST held a 1,400-person workshop and published 150 papers worth of recommendations from Microsoft, Synopsys, The Linux Foundation, and other software experts; Google will work with popular source, build, and packaging platforms to help companies implement and excel at their SLSA framework.
What Are Their Recommendations?
Here’s a quick recap: NIST has grouped together recommendations to create federal standards; Google has developed an end-to-end framework called Supply Chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA)—pronounced “Salsa”. Both address software procurement and security.
Now, here’s the slightly more in-depth version:
- NIST. The organisation wants more ‘rigorous and predictable’ ways to secure critical software. They suggest that firms use vulnerability disclosure programmes (VDP) and software bills of materials (SBOM), consider simplifying their software and give at least one developer per project security training.
- Google. The company thinks that SLSA will encompass the source-build-publish software workflow. Essentially, the four-level framework helps businesses make informed choices about the security of the software they use, with SLSA 4 representing an ideal end state.
If this all sounds very abstract, consider the recent SolarWinds attack. The attacker compromised the build platform, installed an implant, and injected malicious behaviour during each build. According to Google, higher SLSA levels would have required stronger security controls for the build platform, making it more difficult for the attacker to succeed.
How Do The Proposals Differ?
As Brian Fox, the co-founder and CTO at Sonatype, sees it, NIST and Google have created proposals that complement each other. ‘The NIST [version] is focused on defining minimum requirements for software sold to the government’, he explained, while Google ‘goes [further] and proposes a specific model for scoring the supply chain. NIST is currently focused on the “what”. Google, along with other industry leaders, is grappling with the “how”’.