Balancing the Business & Technical Challenges of SSL

As solid-state lighting (SSL) continues to penetrate the overall general lighting market, it's generating significant new market opportunities for both traditional lighting companies, as well as technology companies that may be new to lighting. Continued, rapid technology advancements are facilitating greater performance for more value, which in turn creates a more compelling ROI payback model.…

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Reclaiming Value Through Reverse Logistics

The term “reverse logistics” applies to the process of moving goods for the purpose of extending the product's lifecycle, recapturing value, or ensuring proper disposal. A key part of a company's inbound shipping, reverse logistics encompasses everything from returns policies and procedures to product repairs, refurbishment, recalls, recycling, and product disposition. Recapturing profits is a…

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Don’t Crown China Yet

It may be a Western bias, but I sense some folly in the rush to coronate China as the world's next biggest economy. Some studies project that the Chinese economy will — within the next five to 10 years, or latest by 2030 — zip past the old, doddering United States in much the same…

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The Perils of Moral Confusion

Reading about the big demonstration in Paris last weekend over a proposed French law allowing same-sex marriage, I paused at a paragraph that said Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic leaders are vehemently opposed to the legislation. The bishops, rabbis, and mullahs all agree that guys marrying guys and girls marrying girls is an unsavory practice that…

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Lifting the Veil Over Pricing Secrecy

I've always been fascinated by the pricing conundrum sellers and buyers of electronic components face when it comes to figuring out whether they are overpaying for parts, or selling them at a discounted price relative to competitors. That ongoing tussle for clarity between sellers and buyers has long dominated discussion in the electronics industry, but…

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