Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Remington: Don't Call Gun Fix a 'Recall'

Remington is being forced to fix 7.85 million guns with a firing mechanism known as the Walker trigger.  The issue: the guns are prone to firing without the trigger being pulled.  But is it a defect?  Remington denies they have a defect and insists the thousands of consumer reports they've had are "user errors."
Recalls are still seen as a bad thing in lawsuit happy jurisdictions.  Admitting to a defect and recalling a product opens companies up to liability claims.

This is what being between a rock and a hard place must feel like.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A look at 2014 conflict minerals efforts

Source Intelligence just published a summary of the activities involving their solution for managing conflict minerals risks in the supply chain.
ref. An Insightful Look at 2014 Conflict Minerals Efforts (free registration required)

The report aggregates their client data from 2013 efforts, covering the apparel, electronics, manufacturing, oil & gas and retail industries.  At tier 1 in the supply chain, they have 1,336 suppliers -- which increased significantly as they delved into deeper tiers -- and impacted around 2M products.  Source Intelligence is definitely doing the sales pitch.  Their report shows efficiency and effectiveness gains if you use their resources for education and data collection.  But it isn't smoke and mirrors.  It makes sense that supply chain partners who are educated (having awareness of context) are better suited to effectively participate in reporting.  It also makes sense that automating the data capture is the way to go.

Apart from the above, the report is an interesting read to get a sense of how folks having to comply with regulatory requirements are doing.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

DHL's Global Connectedness Index 2014

DHL last week released the third edition of its Global Connectedness Index -- and despite the global economic malaise, things are looking good for the globalization of trade. DHL's analysis looks at the cross-border movement of goods, capital, information and people, using data that encompasses 99% of the world's GDP, covering 95% of its population -- and the findings are not surprising.

  • The world’s economic center of gravity shifts eastward; emerging economies see bigger connectedness gains than advanced economies
  • Flows of trade, capital, information and people stretched out over more distant geographies, documenting a decline in regionalization
  • Europe remains most globally connected region; Netherlands again ranks No. 1

Friday, December 05, 2014

Uzbek Cotton Harvest Update

The cotton harvest was just completed in Uzbekistan. See a summary of events below. With Bangladesh, India and Russia being the largest importer of Uzbek cotton, will you be looking at your clothing labels different this Christmas season? If you understand the cotton supply chain, you'll realize that there is no easily discernible way of segregating cotton from one country. It's a commodity that is purchased, mixed, processed, mixed, processed, etc., before ever ending up in the hands of the cutters and sewers. Traceability is a huge hurdle to overcome.

2014-12-04 2014 Uzbek Cotton Harvest Update Webinar from As You Sow on Vimeo.

Source: https://ethicallysourced.wordpress.com/

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Green Retail News

Here's some news to cheer about -- every little bit helps.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

eBay Admits It Banned A Whistleblower Warning Shoppers About Fake Products

How not to deal with a warning that you're hosting/dealing in counterfeit products:
When a consumer watchdog organization alerted eBay that it had found hundreds of counterfeits on the site, eBay blocked the whistleblower's accounts and removed its comments warning people about fake products.

The Counterfeit Report also bought fake Apple iPhone chargers, which have been implicated in starting fires, as well as counterfeit over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, sporting goods, fragrances, auto accessories, and more.

Scary that some of the products bear counterfeit certification and listing marks.  To consumers, these are real products.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Toilet Day

Today is World Toilet Day:
World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet - despite the human right to water and sanitation. 
It is a day to do something about it. 
Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy. 
We cannot accept this situation. Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. This day had previously been marked by international and civil society organizations all over the world but was was not formally recognized as an official UN day until 2013. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders.