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Xiaomi & The Supply Chain Behind the World's Highest Valued Smartphone Startup

By Elementum News Desk | March 6, 2018

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Xiaomi Is (Still) The Tech Startup to Watch

On April 6, 2015, the Guinness World Record for the most smartphones sold in 24 hours was broken. Setting the record at 2.1 million units was Xiaomi—the world’s third highest valued startup (following Uber and Didi Chuxiang, Uber’s Chinese equivalent).

Bringing Augmented Reality to Supply Chain

By Paula Lucero | March 1, 2018

Augmented reality, also known simply as AR, is the usage of technology to superimpose computer-generated sensory input like sound, videos, and images, over a person's real-world view. AR applications can help enhance skills, provide real-time data, and offer additional features to help us with everyday activities — all through simple touch or voice commands.

The Myth of the Retail Apocalypse

By Charlotte Lee | February 27, 2018

These days we hear constant talk of the retail apocalypse—but contrary to what the headlines may suggest, brick-and-mortar isn't going away any time soon.

Supply Chain Best Practices: Strategic Partnerships

By Charlotte Lee | February 25, 2018

Even in the age of digitization, technology is not a silver bullet; modern supply chains remain highly dependent on human relationships in order to stay moving.

China’s Historic Silk Road is Resurrected from the Rubble

By Kristal Arianne Calagui | February 21, 2018

China is leading an initiative to revive one of the largest feats of trade infrastructure the world has ever known.

The New Solar Tariff Promises Big Changes in Clean Energy Manufacturing

By Kyle Pennell | February 12, 2018

Last month, Donald Trump followed up on his campaign promise of protecting American businesses by imposing a 30 percent tariff on foreign solar panels and cells, beginning next year. The so-called “safeguard tariffs” will decline each year by 5 percent before expiring in 2023.The move comes in response to a petition last year from solar panel manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld. Together, they argued in favor of high tariffs against foreign panel makers who, they argued, were undercutting their bottom line.

Further Updates - What You Need to Know About the Quakes in Taiwan

By Elementum News Desk | February 7, 2018

Taiwan was hit by another 5.7 magnitude earthquake Wednesday night at 11pm local time, nearly 24 hours after a 6.4 magnitude quake killed at least seven and left dozens more trapped in the eastern city of Hualien. Hualien’s population of 350,000 felt the strongest impact of the quake, with five surrounding cities feeling light shaking.
 

Earthquake Updates - Hualien, Taiwan

By Cameron Gao | February 6, 2018

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Eastern Taiwan on February 6th continues to have aftershocks, with plenty more expected to occur in the days ahead. As of writing, there have been 2 fatalities and 200+ injuries mostly in Hualien City. Most notable in the media were the collapse of two buildings and the subsequent nighttime rescue operation. While not a particularly devastating earthquake as the one exactly two years ago that killed 115, such regular occurrences are still a fact of life for areas near the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Can Technology Save the American Freight System?

By Elementum News Desk | February 6, 2018

The American trucking industry has long been bracing itself for a major disruption. Recent advancements in mobile marketplaces and self-driving technology could solve labor shortage issues, ushering in a new era of trucking.

Why Tesla’s Gigafactory Is (Still) the Assembly Line of This Century

By Elementum News Desk | February 2, 2018

Ford’s Model T and Tesla’s Model 3 both share a lineage that’s eerily parallel — and often intertwined. But a bottleneck in the Model 3's assembly line now has skeptics wondering if the comparison is still apt.