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Meeting Demand During the Holidays

By Frances Zyra Mella | December 14, 2017

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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.  

Waste Not, Want Not: Thanksgiving and the Food Waste Conundrum

By Janie Ryan | November 20, 2017

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with family and celebrate abundance. For big grocery chains, it means anxiously overseeing a network of suppliers and shippers as they move vital ingredients across the country (and around the world), all while working in tricky weather that demands solid logistical execution to avoid late - or spoiled - deliveries. Grocery retailers always risk losing precious inventory, but never is it more critical to receive the right foods at the right time than during Thanksgiving week. Instead of hoping that their pumped-up stocks of turkey and pumpkin pie arrive intact and on time, grocery chains avoid supply chain disaster by overstocking many of these key items and running tried-and-true marketing gimmicks to flood their aisles with shoppers. While it ensures that Thanksgiving continues to be a celebration of plenty, concerns about food waste and changing consumer preferences are posing new challenges to this model. Increasingly, food retailers are making their Thanksgiving supply chains more efficient, prioritizing sustainability, freshness, and satisfied customers without compromising profit.

Climate Change and the Supply Chain

By Aila Abellanosa and Maricar Mojica | November 17, 2017

As climate change risks grow — rising sea levels, change in precipitation patterns, extreme droughts and heat waves, and intensification of hurricane events — global supply chains are vulnerable to major disruptions. In consideration of this new reality, there are some mitigative measures companies can take to make disasters less costly.

How Supply Stores Survived Harvey and Irma

By Michael Joe A. Ramirez | October 18, 2017

After back-to-back hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the United States in September, supply stores across the country were put to the test in terms of preparedness and their capacity to recover quickly from the destruction caused by the unusual weather. According to reports, the combined property damages from hurricanes Harvey and Irma ranged from US $150 to $200 billion, ranking among the most expensive disasters in US history. Those numbers don’t even include financial losses calculated from lost output and production stoppages. While these costs may indicate massive operational consequences for normal businesses, supply stores — if properly prepared for the calamity — can truly serve as warehouses of aid and resources in times of disaster.

Walmart Looking to Reduce Footprint

By Mary Grace Figuracion | October 13, 2017

For years now, Walmart has been on a mission to achieve safer products for its consumers. It's no surprise then that the company became a signatory of the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), a project of Clean Production Action, which provides a tool for benchmarking companies as they select safer alternatives and reduce their use of chemicals of high concern. This year, the company took a major risk in becoming the first major retailer to join around two dozen of other companies that detailed the hazardous chemicals used in their products and supply chain.

Tropical Storm Nate: What You Need to Know

By Joseph Tanador | October 6, 2017

Since the three most recent destructive hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and the Southeastern US, Tropical Storm Nate is now brewing in the Gulf Coast. As the storm strengthens, here’s what you need to know: