Supply Chain Sustainability: Addressing Transparency in the Metals & Mining Sector

In the 21st century, society is increasingly aware of the environmental and social performance of supply chains and consumers. Helping supply chains become more transparent and materials more sustainable Twenty-two metals and mining companies and 32 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations are members of the International Council on Metals and Mining…

Sustainable Packaging Goes Mainstream

A wide range of innovations in sustainable packaging is pleasing both consumers and companies ready to reap the benefits of this rapidly growing market. Few things illustrate our country's packaging problem as acutely as the post-Christmas cleanup. New electronics toys, of course, can be blamed for a good part of the clutter. Heaps of boxes…

Repurposed Systems Present Growth Opportunity

The rush to the cloud is turning the repurposed systems business on its head. Several trends are at work. Older commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers are being replaced by the uniform, cost-effective, minimalist designs the cloud uses. Those in turn are tagged by cloud service providers (CSPs) with a useful working life of three to four years,…

Corrugated Packaging Getting Consistently Greener

The electronic industry may, at times, take packaging for granted. However, poor-quality boxes result in damaged products. Meanwhile, using more packaging is a poor choice for the planet. A recent peer-reviewed study, commissioned by the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) and conducted by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), finds that corrugated materials…

The Benefits of Supply Chain Sustainability

The first rule of thumb in creating a solid supply chain sustainably is to think broadly. “Companies need to think broadly about supply chain sustainability to really get the most out of it,” Nic Delaye, managing director, sustainable business solutions, at PwC US, told EBN in an interview. For example, successful initiatives look at the…

Making Sense of Supply Chain Sustainability

When I first started doing business in Asia, more than 30 years ago, nonstop flights between the West Coast and Taiwan were a rarity. Most often, the 16-plus-hour trans-Pacific flights required at least one stop — usually in Japan — before reaching their final destinations. Within just a few short years, however, more efficient engine…