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Amazon vs. Flipkart: The Race to Dominate Indian E-Commerce

By Charlotte Lee | January 31, 2018

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Indian e-commerce company Flipkart is in fierce rivalry with Amazon over the country's online retail market. Both have unique advantages, but the true test will be which company can best tailor its offerings to the Indian consumer’s palate.

The Cost of Disaster

By Harriete Lugue | January 25, 2018

Natural disasters continue to dominate headlines worldwide and are only likely to increase in prevalence in years to come. Last year marked the costliest on record for natural disasters in the United States. The country suffered an estimated $306 billion in disaster-related damages in 2017, predominantly due to major hurricanes and wildfires.

Trucking Companies Are (Finally) Recruiting More Women

By Charlotte Lee | January 23, 2018

The American Trucking Association estimates that trucking companies are short by as much as 45,000 drivers. In light of this shortage, pressure has been mounting on carriers to reach out to untapped workforce pools in order to close the gap and keep supply chains moving. If the trend continues, the ATA predicts the industry could fall short by 174,000 drivers by 2026. Now, trucking and logistics companies are trying to recruit more women to overcome growing driver shortages. Why are there so few women in the business to begin with, and what needs to change for there to be more?

 Elementum Lists 3 Trends That Will Impact Supply Chain in 2018 

By Janie Ryan | January 19, 2018

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.

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.