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Archive for May, 2009

New Capgemini Study Says Crisis Dominates the Supply Chain Agenda in 2009

May 29, 2009 | No Comments →

A new white paper by Capgemini identifies the current economic downturn as the number one factor influencing the supply chain agenda for 2009.

Capgemini surveyed over 300 companies in Europe (62%), the US and Canada (16%), Asia (13%) and Latin America (5%) and compiled the results in a report titled, “Crisis dominates the supply chain agenda in 2009 –Which projects will hold out in these difficult times?”


Waiting For the RFID Revolution

May 28, 2009 | No Comments →

A few years ago, analysts were predicting that RFID technology would revolutionize supply chain dynamics. Yet, for a variety of reasons, that transformation has still not materialized. Are technology glitches and privacy concerns to blame? Or, is RFID simply too costly? What about the problems RFID tags pose for recycling/reusing efforts? What will it take to resolve those issues?
Earlier this week, an article at TechNewsWorld took a look at questions like these.  In “RFID: A Revolution in a Holding Pattern,” author Denise Deveau outlines the major hurdles that have blocked widespread adoption of RFID technology.


Dell Ranks Number One in New Corporate Sustainability Index Benchmark Report

May 27, 2009 | No Comments →

Congratulations to Dell for its first place finish in the Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) Benchmark Report for 2009, an analysis completed by Technology Business Research (TBR). 

The report measured more than 100 discrete sustainability factors (such as emissions, energy, renewable energy, annualized emission reductions, water use, recycling rates, and public environmental commitments) of 40 companies in the computer hardware, software, professional services and network and telecommunications sectors. Dell finished well ahead of the pack, scoring particularly well in renewable energy use, recycling and its integration of a sustainability strategy in its business.


Study Says Green Packaging Will Comprise Nearly One-third of Market by 2014

May 26, 2009 | Comments (5)

Recent examples from Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, and others help make one thing clear: green packaging is quickly becoming a critical component of the global packaging industry. In fact, a new study from Pike Research predicts that sustainable packaging will comprise 32% of the total packaging market by 2014 –that’s up from 21% in 2009.


The Pros and Cons of Online Sustainability Reports

May 22, 2009 | No Comments →

GRI Guidelines were first introduced in 2000, and since then, most sustainability reports have been published as printed documents. Recently, however, more and more companies are reporting their CSR data online in PDF format. Obviously, digital reporting reduces paper use –and cuts costs, too. But, how does the use of online technology impact access to sustainability information? Are companies that use online reporting effectively communicating with their stakeholders?