Labor Day or Arbor Day: Who Cares?

It's Labor Day as I write this and ponder wistfully the state of organized labor in the United States. I've always been pro-labor, partly out of sheer genetics. My grandfather was a member of the International Brotherhood of Machinists for more than 50 years, and I'm an associate member of the United Steelworkers. Despite my…

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Arrow Acquires Global Link Technology

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today that the company has acquired Global Link Technology, Inc. (“Global Link”), a provider of electronics asset disposition (EAD) services. Global Link offers a number of EAD services including data removal, data security, refurbishment, and remarketing of electronic assets, while ensuring compliance with local and national data…

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Don’t Yield on Green

If you were to ask a room full of corporate executives how they felt about environmental conservation, I think they would all express great concern and a desire to “do the right thing.” But as many companies struggle in today's economy to stay afloat, there is a prevailing uncertainty about whether it is possible to…

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Elements of a Sustainable Supply Chain

As Douglas Kent of {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} recently told a Webinar audience, sustainability has a floating definition. In the context of manufacturing and environmental responsibility, sustainability can best be explained as a holistic approach to product development. From design through end of life, a sustainable product spares the environment, as well as the manufacturer's bottom…

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A Bruising War for Resources Looms

How different will the 21st century be compared with the 20th for manufacturing companies? Perhaps radically different for businesses heavily dependent on natural resources, according to research firm {complink 7473|McKinsey & Co.}, which speculates that soaring population growth and dwindling supplies of hard-to-extract minerals could combine to jack up pricing of critical natural resources in…

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Data Overload Crimps Green Efforts

Many environmental compliance experts talk about unintended consequences. For example, when a hazardous material is eliminated from a product, its replacement may eventually prove just as bad. The amount of paperwork the overall green effort generates may be one such consequence. Much of the correspondence in the electronics industry is, of course, electronic. But the…

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Future Welcomes Registration for DevCon 2012

MONTREAL — Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, invites people to register through the company’s website for DevCon 2012, a 4-day event offering personalized direct and interactive access to the latest technology in the electronics industry. The theme for DevCon 2012 is “Enabling the Smart Society” and features Dean Kamen, inventor of…

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