Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi computer system, the world’s cheapest computer has caused a stir in the technology world with various nominations for highly coveted design awards and much media attention. However, as thousands scrambled to get hold of the simple $35 microcomputer, the charitable organization behind the raspberry brand has encountered major supply chain issues causing numerous bottle necks across their operations. In a bid to keep the supply chain stocked, the hardware startup has shifted production from China back to the UK in order to satisfy demand in western market.
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A new partnership sets the stage for a more sustainable Nike supply chain
The Nike supply chain made the news in a positive light this week as the company announced a new partnership with Bluesign Technologies. Through this partnership, Nike aims to integrate more sustainable materials and chemistries into its products. Bluesign agreed to provide Nike with access to two of its tools, the first of which is focused on providing suppliers with information regarding pre-screened and more sustainable textile preparations used in the manufacturing process. The benefits include an increase in water and energy efficiency as well as proper identification and management of restricted substances. The second tool serves as a guide which gives Nike suppliers access to over 30,000 materials that have undergone significant testing. This partnership seems to be a nice step for Nike toward a more sustainable supply chain.
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Sustainable and eco-friendly supply chains are gaining momentum
Another story covered in the Environmental Leader reports that GlaxoSmithKline, Del Monte Foods and MGM resorts are among 25 firms that are taking part in an Ecodesk campaign in order to improve supply chain efficiency and transparency. They also aim to simplify the measurement of emissions. Ecodesk has over 1 million registered company profiles and gives its users access to a large worldwide sustainability database. The system provides information about a company’s suppliers with regard to energy use, carbon emissions, waste and water consumption. It appears as if the bad publicity regarding murky supply chains in recent months has accelerated the process of creating more sustainable and transparent supply chains.
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