US Missing on REACH & Other Green Rules

After writing a number of articles about the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and other regulatory compliance issues, I have become increasingly aware that Europe is at least 10 years ahead of the United States in demonstrating and mandating concern for the safety and health of its people. I also…

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Securing Supply Chain Data: Mission Impossible?

When reports surfaced earlier this year that hackers had penetrated the network of {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.}, the news sent shivers down the spines of many supply chain executives in the electronics manufacturing industry. After all, if the contract manufacturing giant that makes Apple's iPhones and iPads can have its computers compromised, what does that…

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Micron/Elpida Deal: It’s Not in the Bag Yet

A group of bondholders is planning to present a counter-proposal to the planned acquisition of {complink 1769|Elpida Memory Inc.} by US-based {complink 3421|Micron Technology Inc.}. The bondholders are asking a Japanese court to approve their offer to present an alternate plan, which they say would give creditors and shareholders a better value for Elpida than…

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Global IT Spending Slows to a Crawl

The global economy is still in growth mode, but the rate of expansion is just not as good as economists and researchers would like, according to a recent research report from {complink 7426|Gartner Inc.} showing a tepid 3 percent rise in projected IT spending for 2012. In the report, Gartner said it expects worldwide spending…

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Managing the Loss of Knowledge

People are the most valuable piece of the supply chain puzzle. Without great supply chain folks, our supply chains would break, the wheels would stop turning, and we would end up in chaos. It is the knowledge that people hold that make them invaluable; knowledge of their supply chains, the collaborative relationships that they have…

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A Lesson From Apple: Simplify

If your supply chain is more complex than the leading competitor's processes, you've got a major problem. The simpler a manufacturing and order fulfillment process is, the nimbler it will be and the more competitively it will help your company achieve its goals. Many people may not realize this, but {complink 379|Apple Inc.}, the world's…

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When in Doubt, Redesign

It used to be a common joke in publishing: if your publication is floundering, launch a redesign. Then it wasn't funny anymore; publications either went online or shut down entirely. Is there a corollary in retail? Best Buy has launched a redesign: the electronics retailer has reconfigured its outlets to look more like… Apple Stores.…

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