Logistics Don’t Always Deliver Joy

When was the last time you paid for shipping? Some would have to think a while for the answer because so many of us select the “free shipping” options available for online orders.  In truth, though, shipping services are never really free. Their cost can be quite significant, particularly for businesses that that operate in…

e-Waste’s Green Thumb: Grow ROI, Reduce Supply Chain Risk

Earth Week shouldn't be a once a year thought: beyond the public relations moment are ROI, environmental responsibility, and counterfeit risk mitigation that present real opportunities for the electronics supply chain. The e-Stewards Program is just one example of existing pathways for safe asset disposition and responsible ROI opportunities. Electronics waste (e-waste) recycling and refurbishing…

IoT Security Groundswell Gathers

At least twice a week someone pings me with an idea for a guest article on how engineers must solve security problems if the Internet of Things is going to reach its potential. After plenty of talk on the topic, a wave of real action is on the rise. The Intel-led Open Interconnect Consortium defining…

IBM Surrenders to China’s IT Infrastructure Wishes

IBM has decided to build a new supply chain of computers and software through partnerships with Chinese-based companies. This move suggests that company executives have grudgingly accepted that the Chinese government is determined, and will eventually succeed, in a quest to replace foreign technology used in sensitive areas of the economy with Chinese made products. …