Economics, Manufacturing

Rethinking the Manufacturer With No Factories

I came across an interesting piece in the WSJ on the government potentially re-labeling companies that don’t actually make anything as “manufacturers.” That may seem an odd idea, but it’s not as clear-cut an issue as a lot people might think. The author, Timothy Aeppel, notes the specifics of the idea, in explaining the kinds […]

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Manufacturing, Society

Welcoming the “Circular Revolution”

  There is an interesting post by Frans van Houten (CEO of Royal Philips) on ProjectSyndicate on what he calls “The Circular Economy.” Van Houten makes the point that the world has to move from a “linear” economy in which products are produced, consumed and then discarded to a circular model in which the full […]

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Manufacturing

Lessons Not Learned in Bangladesh

The NY Times reports that even after the horrible deaths of over 1,100 workers at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh two months ago, the local garment industry continues to work in unsafe conditions. Writing from Dhaka, Jim Yardley reports that bureaucratic confusion and lack of sufficient pressure from client firms has allowed many equally […]

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Manufacturing, Society

Product > Process, But For How Long?

There was an interesting post on the Project Syndicate blog recently about a new Oxfam effort to provide consumers transparency into how global food producers create their products. “Oxfam,” notes the author Peter Singer, “launched a campaign called “Behind the Brands.” The goal is to assess the transparency of the world’s ten biggest food and beverage companies […]

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