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The Future of the Supply Chain, Part 2

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Eldredge
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Portability
Eldredge   11/28/2011 7:25:09 AM
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More and more with today's electronics, I think of portabilty ... which makes energy consumption a critical issue from a practical viewpoint. I would want to have a device with long battery life and infrequent charging requirements. I think further developments in battery life and size/weight reduction will have significant impacts.

Damilare
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Re: Think global buy local
Damilare   11/27/2011 4:41:31 PM
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As with every great new ideology, the localism idea requires a lot of debate and refinement. It will take time and contributions from several fine minds. I personally believe the should be quantitative work done on what could be considered as local and at what different scales and distances in order to balance economics of scale.

For example, if two states cooperate to set up a manufacturing company on the boundary line between the two states, this can be considered local to both states while accounting for economics of scale as well....

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Think global buy local
FLYINGSCOT   11/27/2011 3:10:00 PM
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I hear a lot of talk these days of thinking more locally which ranges from sourcing local produce to commuting less to work.  I like this trend but struggle a tad to see how this will apply to high tech items where the complex manufacturing infrastructure is difficult to set up in every locale.

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Re: The future of supply chain, Part 2
Damilare   11/26/2011 8:57:03 AM
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Thanks for the nice article. 

This century is has almost as much believers as there are sceptics in environmnent and sustainability. It is not surprising that the statistics is in the favor of reduced energy consumption for electronic products, considering the direct cost savings to the customers/consumers. The consumers are usually more motivated by financial gains than environmental gains. 

However, I believe that the future consumers will be more motivated by the environmental credentials of a product because it is becoming increasingly fashionable to be environmentally 'correct' or 'aware'. Therefore the attendant effect on the supply chain will see companies with better environmental compliance becoming more competitive as they are driven by consumer choices. 

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Re: The Future of the Supply Chain, Part 2
Himanshugupta   11/23/2011 1:59:36 PM
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for investors, quarterly return on investment is more important than anything else. When we talk about the corporate and social responsibility about environment then even if companies outsource their work to those countries where they can bypass the environmental laws but if the product that are imported or bought by nation or individual have strict environmental policy in place then the problem can be mitigated. 

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Re: The Future of the Supply Chain, Part 2
Hospice_Houngbo   11/21/2011 8:06:03 PM
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"To remain competitive in the global market, companies are going to have to pay close attention to the impact they have on society and the environment"

I agree, but some companies will find ways to bypass that by outcoursing their activities in countries that don't care about environmental issues.  In my opinoin, investors should make sure that comapanies they want to invest in have adequate sustainability and environmental policies. 

 

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Re: The Future of the Supply Chain, Part 2
JADEN   11/21/2011 4:24:51 PM
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"To remain competitive in the global market, companies are going to have to pay close attention to the impact they have on society and the environment"

This has to be of positive impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or even economy.  That's a Sustainable business to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address environmental concerns while maintaing a profits.

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Re: I have a dream.....
Himanshugupta   11/21/2011 1:30:47 PM
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To give more transparency to the system and benefit to those companies who are actually working on improving the supply chain, governments can start certifying the companies just like they do for environmentally friendly companies.

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Re: I have a dream.....
Nemos   11/19/2011 5:06:00 AM
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"Apple has tried to put better auditing practices in the supply chain to help address this."

 I hope so, Apple is the Leader right now it can show the way. Always, the leader is an example for the followers. However, don't forget that Apple has to improve the working environment also inside. Where the "fault" and the "wrong" for the employees is an unknown word.

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Jay_Bond   11/18/2011 7:08:43 AM
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    Thinking about your next consumer electronics purchase, which may take place over the next few years, how important or unimportant would each of the following be to your decision to purchase a particular consumer electronics product?
    Other than cost being an issue, enery consumption is definitely going to be considered, particularly if the product is going to get used heavily.


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