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These Were the Hottest Supply-Chain Technologies in 2017

These Were the Hottest Supply-Chain Technologies in 2017

When it comes to new technology, development usually proceeds incrementally. But progress continues to be made on many fronts. [more]


Growth Rate of Bioplastics Could Erode Demand for Oil, Research Shows

Growth Rate of Bioplastics Could Erode Demand for Oil, Research Shows

The use of bioplastics — made from plants instead of fossil fuels — is expected to grow by at least 50 percent in the next five years, according to the European Bioplastics Association. [more]


From Mexico to the U.S., a Nafta Tale of Two Truckers

Raúl García Miranda wants Carlos Flores’s job. Flores doesn’t think he deserves it.[more]


Pharma, Under Attack for Drug Prices, Started an Industry War

It’s not easy to get Americans mad at a behind-the-scenes industry they’ve barely even heard of, but pharmaceutical companies have spent most of this year trying.[more]


A Cryptocurrency That Embraces Regulation

A Cryptocurrency That Embraces Regulation

Is the Wild West of cryptocurrencies about to be tamed?[more]


Manufacturing in U.S. Caps Best Year Since '04

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management says.[more]


Brands Lace-Up to Map 'Invisible' Shoemakers in South India

When the 55-year-old woman stood up to speak at a meeting of shoemakers in south India last month, she was seeing her employers for the first time.[more]


Opinion: The Great Trade War That Didn't Happen in 2017

Opinion: The Great Trade War That Didn't Happen in 2017

The trade war didn't happen. Prepare for a few skirmishes.[more]


Are You Eating Sustainable Fish? Blockchain May Provide the Answer

Are You Eating Sustainable Fish? Blockchain May Provide the Answer

Eco-conscious diners can rely on restaurants to tell them their fish comes from a sustainable source, but it can be hard to know for sure.[more]


2030 Will Be the Turning Point for Oil and Coal, Risk Management Group Says

DNV GL has published the Maritime Forecast to 2050 which analyses the impact of the changing global energy system on the shipping industry through to 2050. [more]


McDonald’s Swaps Frozen Patties for Fresh Beef

McDonald’s has announced it will start using fresh beef patties instead of frozen ones in its quarter pounder burgers across the U.S. by the middle of the year in an attempt to lure back customers.[more]


Why Aren’t Companies Automating Basic Business Processes?

Why Aren’t Companies Automating Basic Business Processes?

Order management ought to be the first candidate for streamlining and automation of business processes. So why is that task still stuck in another century?[more]


Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

Computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers.[more]


'Not Built for This': What Fails in the Extreme Cold? Just About Everything.

You can’t fight fire with ice. That’s a frozen fact that public safety officials are grappling with as extreme cold continues to grip Washington and much of the rest of the country this week. [more]


Good for Factories, Bad for Shoppers: A Brexit Pattern Is Emerging

Good for Factories, Bad for Shoppers: A Brexit Pattern Is Emerging

The U.K. economy has settled down into a post EU-referendum pattern. Consumer spending is being constrained by the fall in the value of the pound, which has pushed up inflation by making imports dearer. But manufacturing has started to do better, in part because the weakness of sterling has made...[more]


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