Well, I know companies must disclose manufacturing information related to consumable items. For example, labels need to alert the consumer in the label if the company makes the food product in a facility where they also process nuts because of allergy issues. The label also states if the product is hypoallergenic. I certainly don't see any reason why they can take it one more step and state the raw materials required to make the product. As to whether the government might require this in the future, I think consumers will ask for it before the government gets around to requiring it.
To all those who work for an electronics manufacture, are you preparing to label the company's products to brand them green?
Laurie, I have two questions on your post. I must admit first to never having looked at any electronic product and wondered what was inside, who made it for the OEM, how the components were generated or even inquired what kind of controversies surround any of the raw materials. So, I am curious if you know what regulations currently govern product and process disclosures for high-tech equipment and if companies already make this information available to customers. Also, do you believe the government might require this extensively in future and do you know how and whether electronic companies are preparing for this?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.