Europe-China Trade Heating Up

As in the United States, European trade is largely heading east to China. According to data released earlier this month by the European Union’s statistical agency, Eurostat, the 27-nation euro-zone reported strong exports to China. The EU’s exports to China increased from €37 billion (about US$52 billion) in the first half of 2009 to €53…

The Great Creativity Crisis

Creativity in all its varieties has been on my mind lately. Despite living in Barcelona, one of Europe’s edgy, art-inspiring cities, my imaginative brain limps through occasional bouts of “uncreative conformity.” People have expectations. I do what they want me to do. They’re happy, and my bills get paid. Frequently, I wake up with random…

After Supply Chain Transparency Comes What? Social Responsibility, Apparently

Electronic components without hazardous materials? Check. Factories that recycle water and reduce the carbon footprint? Check. Cargo protected against terrorist plots? Check. Confirmation that my supply chain and supply chain partners do not engage in slave labor or human trafficking? Huh? Yup. That could be a new job for high-tech supply chain executives, too. Although…