The latest news, analysis, trends and solutions regarding product lifecycle management and its impact on supply chain management. New developments in product lifecycle software - which manages product information from design to disposal - are transforming the way companies operate and allowing them to stay ahead of the competition in their industries. As these solutions continue to evolve, businesses are discovering new ways to increase efficiency and cut costs. Learn how companies around the world are using product lifecycle management solutions for supply chain optimization.
The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and grids in Europe.
Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and containers worth $57.6bn since 1992, the first year it disclosed data. So when the country announced last year that it finally had enough of everybody else's junk, governments the world over knew they had a problem. They just didn’t know exactly how large it was.
There are countless ways in which a supply chain can go wrong. And most of the time, the culprit is poor risk management. From contaminated product to bad behavior on the part of employees, companies are constantly facing threats to the reputation of their brands, and the health and safety of their customers.