Counterfeiting: The Ripple Effect

Barbara Jorgensen's story last week about counterfeit components and the NIMBY effect got me thinking about something I heard recently on the same topic: A small counterfeit operation, left unchecked, can wreak havoc on the supply chain for a long time. Remember the scandal about VisionTech Components a few years back? Yes, the Florida company…

Logistics Are Hot in Europe

Given how fast the economy is growing in places like Brazil, India, the Middle East, and some locations in Africa, you'd think that logistics companies would be concentrating their resources in these developing regions. And they may well be. But for the moment, it appears they are not neglecting mature markets either. In the case…

Western Solar Efforts Go Red

A few years ago, the promise of global renewable energy turned many of us, myself included, into Green advocates. Companies and governments made strong arguments for outfitting urban rooftops and rural fields with solar panels and plopping down wind turbines along hilltops. It was easy to see, too, the environmental evils in coal burning and…

Microsoft Logistics Fleeing Germany Because of Patent Fears

Here's something you don't see every day: A Fortune 100 company and big-name technology business is shifting its distribution operations because of a lawsuit. According to various news sources, including the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.} is moving its European logistics activities from Germany to the Netherlands as a risk-avoidance measure related…