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High Flyers in Environmental Leadership
Aircraft and engine manufacturers factories around the world are showing environmental leadership, with many of them exceeding best practice in the manufacturing process. Importantly, a number are also insisting on such standards throughout the production supply chain as well.
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Online is having an increasing impact on bricks-and-mortar retail
The reshaping of how people shop by the internet is accelerating. The retail industry faces a growing headache, with 10 US companies pushed into bankruptcy already in 2017. Even Sears, a once mighty department store chain, is now tottering.
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Bangladesh Improving Its Safety
Bangladesh Rana Plaza's disaster in April 2013 has forced 450 garment factories to close over safety concerns. Female workers toil at a textile factory in Bangladesh as the industry there scrambles to upgrade its safety record after a horrific run of accidents in the country.
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Farewell to the Supermarket?
The Grocery Sector, which accounts for, 54.5p out of every 1 pound of retail spending in the UK, has been in a state of flux since the recession began in 2008. Five years ago the size of each person's average shop shrank, almost overnight, by 5%, and the new habits of parsimony, shopping around, and looking for online bargains have apparently stuck.
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Supply Chain Asia Awards Dinner 2014 November 20th Singapore
Asianet Group would like to thank Supply Chain Asia (SCA) for yet another successful Awards event. This year the awards took place on the 20 November in the Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore. Our Managing Director Michael Lee had the pleasure of not only judging but also awarding some of these prestigious awards with in the Innovation, Software, and Sustainability & Security Category. The dinner had a fantastic turnout of 310 guests with the record number of 34 awards presented at this year's 13th SCA.
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Manufacturing in Myanmar
The ongoing quest for low cost production has drawn manufacturers attention to Myanmar which has been out of the sourcing network for nearly a decade. The nation is attempting to move towards a more democratic and transparent government as well as stimulate economic growth. Myanmar has now become a more serious topic of conversation in sourcing circles.
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Financial Services Recruitment: A 2-Way Stretch
The same day that I picked up the newspaper to read that HSBC will cut a further 14,000 jobs between now and 2016 the Economist magazine ran an article claiming that "Wall Street is Back".
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Hong Kong Asia's World Logistics Hub
Hong Kong, Asia's World City and named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the world's top financial center, can add another moniker to its growing list of appellations: Asia's global logistics and supply chain hub.
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New Age For China's Manufacturing Sector
These days, the famed low-cost Chinese manufacturing labour of just a decade past is rapidly vanishing from the mainland as the average national salary rises. With a rising currency and mounting transportation costs, the toll on a company's full end-to-end supply chain is significant. Companies are now considering either re-shoring (moving operations back to home countries) or moving production elsewhere with more competitive labour costs.
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Industry: Retail
Asia continues to be the regional leader for many international retailers as they ramp up business expansion in the region. For some companies like Warnaco Group, Asia reports higher sales than its American and European counterparts.
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Industry: Filtration
With growing concerns about health and environmental protection in lieu of expanding global industrialization, filtration has acquired a place of increasing importance. In many industries, filtration plays an integral function - with the automotive industry being significant where filters are used in such applications as the filtration of fuel, oil, and air. As the world recovers from the economic crisis, the growth in the filtration market has become evident.
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The Long-Term Solution: What will have the biggest impact on logistics in the next 10 to 20 years?
According to Chris Caplice, Executive Director at the Center for Transportation & Logistics, two technologies - both being researched at MIT - will fundamentally change distribution : 3D Printing & The Artificial Leaf ...
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Retailers set for logistics slimdown
Large retailers across much of the developed world look set to slim down traditional distribution centres near their stores after local governments in many coastal parts of China made it easier to move sorting work close to Chinese factories ...
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Supply Chain Overview in Chengdu
It is no secret that Western China is fast developing. It represents 70% of China's total land area, 27% of its total population, 20% of the country's GDP and it is equipped with such abundant resources as coal, natural gas and oil. Chongqing, Xi'an and Chengdu are leading cities, with Chengdu experiencing strong FDI growth over the past two years, rising ...
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Solar Energy in China - an opportunity for Foreign Component Suppliers
China is the world's leading producer of solar energy as well as being the fastest growing local consumer. Today China has over 500 photovoltaic companies and produces over 30% of the photovoltaic products worldwide. Five of the worlds top 10 solar panel maker are from China with Suntech leading the pack ...
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Global Supply Chain Price, Quantity and Delivery Pressures Lead to Subcontracting
In order to meet the ever increasing demand for smaller production runs, shorter lead times, and lower prices manufacturers are being forced to subcontract. This results in orders being either wholly, or partially, completed by less scrupulous sub contracted manufacturers, whose code of conduct is poor, questionable or non existent! Western Consumer Protection legislation is ...
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New Developments in the Apparel Industry
Apparel producers are having to offer more services and faster responses to buyers and trading companies according to a recent study from the World Bank offers a comprehensive review of how the apparel industry is changing in a post-quota and post-crisis world. The study identified a major trend as supply ...
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Recruiting Talented R&D Engineers
China continues to transform its coastal regions from the world's manufacturing base to a hub for R&D and advanced manufacturing. Major automotive companies are following suit. Continental has recently set up a new R&D facility in Shanghai. Major automotive OEMS are building R&D capability in China those carters to local ...
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Crisis and Consolidation: The Global Apparel Industry in Today's Economic Downturn
Today's worldwide economic downturn has had unprecedented effects on the global apparel industry. The negative impact is clear: firms are threatened by the widespread financial insecurity brought upon by the credit crisis. At the same time, however, these conditions provide massive potential for positive change. With present adversity comes the opportunity to overcome old challenges ...
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The Make-Up of the China Cosmetics Industry
Cosmetics in China is a booming business. Skincare alone has shown year on year growth of 16% since 2004. Expectations are that sales will reach RMB 84 billion by 2014. Global multinationals are aggressively pushing into the market and quoting great success. L'Oreal has shown eight years of profits and past-year sales ...
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Cold Chain Heats Up
As the China domestic market increases and manufacturers go West in search of lower costs infrastructure is running hard to keep pace. The government recently announced a spend USD 1.3 trillion in the next 5 years to solve transport and logistics bottlenecks. Cold Chain is the key word in the ...
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