Industry Market Trends

Emerging Management Strategies for the New Supply Chain

October 29, 2013

Supply chain professionals must adopt a new approach to management to tackle the complex challenges posed by the expanding globalization of manufacturing. That was the advice consultant Kim Doyle offered to those attending the Women in Manufacturing Summit last week in Dearborn, Mich.  Read More

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Creators of Phonebloks Hope to Reduce E-Waste With Modular Phone Design

October 29, 2013

inhand_thumbThe world’s hunger for mobile devices is contributing to a growing stream of electronic waste. However, a Dutch design group thinks they have come up with a way to reduce this e-waste: a modular mobile phone that can be customized and upgraded indefinitely with reusable, recyclable parts.

Gawin Dapper, CTO of Phonebloks and managed-services provider Cyso, said in an email that a key objective of their mobile-phone project is to help “create a better and more sustainable world.” The Phonebloks team “would like to make the parts to be reusable” by trading them through a marketplace, he said. “In case a part is broken beyond repair, recycling and using biodegradable hardware should be a realistic alternative.”

The Phonebloks website notes that  millions of mobile phones are thrown away each year for one reason: mobile phones are not designed for repairs or upgrades. Read More

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What Can Disney Teach Manufacturers About Marketing?

October 29, 2013

Walt Disney opened his popular Sunday night television show in 1955 by telling viewers young and old about his vision of an enchanting new amusement park. He showed pictures of the construction site and sketches of such wonders as the Magic Kingdom and the Jungle Cruise.  Read More

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Growth in Independent Microgrids Reflects Uncertainty in Nationwide Energy Supplies

October 29, 2013

Weather-related power outages cost the nation between $18 billion and $33 billion annually, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So it isn’t surprising that many heavy energy users are taking a hard look at the microgrid model.  Read More

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The Map and the Territory

October 29, 2013

In The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan examines why economic models failed to predict the financial crisis of 2008, and attempts to revise our assumptions of how economies and markets work.  Read More