Archive for October 14th, 2013

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Today, we are reintroducing IMT Career Journal as ThomasNet News Career Journal.
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Finding qualified job candidates who can tackle the challenges of global supply chain management today remains difficult. Recruitment is particularly problematic in the field of industrial distribution, a critical link in the global supply chain.
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Today, we are reintroducing IMT Green & Clean Journal as ThomasNet News Green & Clean Journal.

While “IMT,” short for Industry Market Trends, is ThomasNet News’ flagship publication, covering manufacturing and industry as a whole, we have felt (for a while) that the IMT moniker did not best represent ThomasNet News’ breadth and depth of reporting on the multitude of manufacturing industries and markets that affect your business. Delivering the latest in renewable and alternative energy, green policy, and sustainable manufacturing on Green & Clean Journal is just part of what we do. Read more

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New York is one of several U.S. cities that is expected to be an early adopter of smart city technology. Credit: acnatta.

New York is one of several U.S. cities that is expected to be an early adopter of smart city technology. Credit: acnatta.

Half of the people in the world, 3.6 billion, now live in cities, according to a report from management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company. That’s more than at any other time in human history, both in raw numbers and in proportion. The firm projects that by 2030, that percentage will rise to 60 percent, or 5 billion people.

This unprecedented growth presents a challenge in environmental management. Sustainable urban growth, says McKinsey, will “depend upon investment in infrastructure that reduces emissions, waste production and water use, as the way we build and renovate our cities will determine their ecological sustainability for decades to come.”

The world’s cities today are “data rich” but “information poor,” says a paper from research firm Ovum. “While cities are collecting more raw data than ever before,” the firm asserts, “they are encountering difficulties in breaking down silos and converting the data into usable, actionable, accurate information.” Ovum believes that “smart cities technologies” can help spur a needed transformation. Read more

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