9 Key Trends in Green Supply Chain

Until recently, sustainability and “greening” the supply chain largely meant keeping up with regional, national, and global regulations on carbon emissions, hazardous materials, and recycling. {complink 7426|Gartner Inc.}, though, is now seeing a major shift away from regulator-driven sustainability models to total energy efficiency priorities. During a Webinar this week, Hiranya Fernando, a Gartner senior…

How Škoda Changed Gears

My recent blog about manufacturing trends in Central and Eastern Europe sparked a couple of comments about Škoda Auto, a Czech Republic-based carmaker and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. I thought it deserved some follow-up attention. Škoda, with about 110 years of history under its hood, has essentially recreated itself this past decade. It…

Where Is Philips Electronics Headed?

These last few months, many OEMs, including Nokia and Research in Motion, have been smacked with lower-than-expected income and revenues as consumer and government spending slowed and end-users gravitated towards a limited set of innovative device platforms. If recent news coming out of Amsterdam carries any weight, we soon may be adding {complink 4269|Koninklijke Philips…

How Bad News Can Be Good for Sales

Here's an intuitively odd idea: Small doses of bad news may be good for sales. That's the theory coming out of Stanford Graduate School of Business and Tel Aviv University. It sounds weird, but a recent study undertaken by the two institutions found that smatterings of mildly negative information — a so-called “blemishing effect” —…

Heading Towards the Cloud

The Cloud. If you haven't heard about this yet, you've probably been walking around in a fog. The ubiquitous buzzword is even taking on new lives and branching out to other areas. To date, we have cloud computing, cloud storage, cloud engineering, and Intercloud, the interconnected global cloud of clouds. In the last week, we've…