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 Elementum Lists 3 Trends That Will Impact Supply Chain in 2018 

By Janie Ryan | January 19, 2018

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In 2017 drone deliveries went from rumor to reality. Online retail continued its steady eclipse of brick-and-mortar outlets, forcing big brands to reassess the importance of seamless last-mile delivery in nurturing customer relationships. And companies had the painful realization that, faced with an empty shelf or “out of stock” notification, most customers will drop a purchase entirely and head for the next best option.

A Budding Industry: Recreational Marijuana is California's Newest Supply Chain

By Janie Ryan | January 15, 2018

California’s Prop 64 marks a sea change in the effort to bring an entire industry out of the shadows, and everyone from pharmaceutical companies to big investment firms and app developers has been racing to cash in. Twenty-nine US states have already legalized the drug in some form. However, as the sixth largest economy in the world and the country’s cannabis capital, California is in many ways poised to lead the development of the burgeoning legal industry, with expected sales of over $5B by 2019.

Preparing for Disaster

By Andrew Beso | January 9, 2018

Last year Houston faced historically devastating flooding during Hurricane Harvey. Nine trillion gallons of water and 60 inches of rain fell from the sky in a span of two days, causing damage to the economy amounting to an estimated $190B. As the intensity and scope of natural disasters hitting the US continues to increase, it is becoming clear that cities like Houston have infrastructure and urban planning that are not built to withstand the havoc these storms bring.

Bomb Cyclone Hits East Coast

By Andrew Beso | January 4, 2018

Winter Storm Grayson, bringing snow, ice, rain, and strong winds to the country’s eastern seaboard, is now tagged as a “bomb cyclone” - a label used when the barometric pressure of a storm drops by 24 millibars within 24 hours. This level of air pressure is said to be on par with that of a Category 1 or Category 2 hurricane.  Its impact is being felt along the entire US East Coast; it first hit the southeast on Wednesday and is now headed towards New England, according to the latest reports. Temperatures are expected to continue dropping until the weekend.  

The Tenuous Supply Chain of Your Returned Gifts

By Janie Ryan | December 20, 2017

Retailers are in the midst of the country’s most frenzied shopping season. The holidays never fail to draw out shoppers in droves, and this trend — rivaling in popularity humble holiday traditions like cozying up with hot chocolate — shows no sign of slowing down. The National Retail Federation reports that this year more than 174 million Americans shopped from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday (a mere five day window), exceeding their projection of 164 million. This translates to a 16% rise in holiday spending from last year.

Meeting Demand During the Holidays

By Frances Zyra Mella | December 14, 2017

2017 has been an exciting year for the tech industry and holiday shoppers alike. According to a recent study, 34.6% of people would like to receive electronics as gifts. Some of the most sought after gadgets include the Apple TV, the Roku Media Streaming Player, Google Home, and Amazon Echo. Avid gamers can choose between the new Playstation, Nintendo Switch, or DJI’s Spark Portable Mini Quadcopter Drone. Other popular tech items this season include the iPad Mini 4, the Kindle Paperwhite, DSLR and Instax cameras, the GoPro, the FitBit, and, of course, the newest iPhone models.

Is Design Worth the Materials?

By Kristine Jade Tinio | December 8, 2017

Retailing at US $999, the iPhone X promises to be the smartphone of the future, touting an edge-to-edge screen, facial recognition system, and a motion-sensored replacement for the navigation button. Tech enthusiasts have happily paid for new features in the past, and early indicators for iPhone X sales show that they will continue to do so. But as the most expensive of Apple’s phones to date, are the iPhone X’s features worth the price?   

Zero Waste: Turning Your By-Products into Buyable Products

By Trisha Perlada | December 5, 2017

This year’s series of natural disasters has shown us yet again that no community is safe from global warming and its implications. Scientists claim that though global warming is not the main cause of highly destructive hurricanes such as Harvey, the changes in atmospheric temperature which occur as a result of global warming contribute greatly to intensifying storms. Perhaps unsurprisingly, industry is one of the largest contributors to global warming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the industrial sector accounts for an estimated 7.6 billion tons of solid wastes each year and in 2010 alone, contributed 21% of the total global greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

Venezuela's Oil Crisis

By Michael Joe A. Ramirez | December 3, 2017

Venezuela, owner of the world’s largest known oil reserves, has consistently ranked among the top exporters of oil. As of 2012, the country was reported to own at least 20% of global reserves, or an estimated 296.5 billion barrels of oil. Because of this natural abundance, Venezuela's economy, and thus its government and social services, are largely driven by oil exports.

How to Beat Black Friday

By Mary De Asis | November 22, 2017

 

Black Friday entices everyone, from year-round shopaholics to the more frugal among us. Long-awaited deals on the hottest items bring holiday shoppers out in droves every year. As usual, electronics sales have spiked during the month of November. Top-selling items include Samsung, Apple, and LG TV products. While gadgets take the biggest chunk, home appliances, apparel, and accessories also constitute a large portion of holiday revenue. The National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics anticipate that this year more than 164 million consumers will shop over the Thanksgiving weekend into Cyber Monday, with Millennials and Generation Z shoppers leading in digital purchases.