Hurricane Harvey approaching the Texas Gulf Coast in August 2017.
NOAA/Handout via Reuters
Large-scale emergencies can be a strain, even in one of the world's richest countries. Population growth, income inequality and fragile supply chains may make the problem worse.
Supply chains are complex things. Big firms need to give them more attention.
Autonomous drones have already been used to deliver medicines and other small freight items.
Supply-chain experts see reliable data, STEM education and smarter regulation as essential for Australia to succeed in an increasingly automated world under pressure to be environmentally sustainable.
Businesses can play a major role in either facilitating modern slavery or eradicating it.
New technologies are invading fashion boutiques.
To survive the crisis, fashion companies are relying on new technologies. New players, new customer experience, big data – the whole sector is changing.
A person, pictured here, donating blood. Blood shortages occur often in the U.S.
AP Photo/Mel Evans
The US is once again experiencing a shortage of blood, a difficult commodity to ship because it is perishable and time-sensitive. Here's how game theory could help solve the problem.
Approximately 80 percent of all pharmaceuticals used by Americans are produced overseas.
Thanks to Hurricane Maria, some US hospitals are experiencing a saline shortage. In times of emergency, medical supply chains break down too easily.
Apple’s expertise isn’t in operating theme parks.
Acquiring companies that don't complement the main business went out of fashion more than a decade ago.
The iPhone X’s big new features come with a high price tag.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Apple's latest iPhone sold out within minutes of its launch, but questions still remain about whether that pace of demand will continue and, if so, whether the company's supply chain will be able to keep up.
From the sounds of some brands' marketing, you may be forgiven for believing that bespoke shoes are just a footstep away.
Is the 61% spike in the price of Brazil nuts this year because we're going nuts for nuts?
‘Dig For Victory’, first time around on an allotment in London’s Kensington Gardens.
Imperial War Museum
Britain has fed itself before, can it do so again? It's not easy to tell.
Foxconn was nominated for the 2011 Public Eye Award, which produced this image as part of its campaign to end labour exploitation.
The first ten years of the iPhone has been a bloody decade of labour abuse, especially in Chinese factories such as those run by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer.
Certification is being used to curtail exploitation for some cleaners.
Wage theft and exploitation are rampant in certain industries. Certifying those that commit to fair work conditions could be key to fixing the problem.
Apple’s products would be a lot more expensive if the U.S. didn’t trade with China.
The president said he's considering ending trade with any country that does business with North Korea. Here's why that will never happen.
Phone manufacturers, like the Dutch company Fairphone, require suppliers of raw materials used in their phones to improve employment conditions for their workers.
Businesses can use their purchasing power to change the actions of their suppliers and help to eradicate slavery - both in Australia and across the world.
The water tower in Flint, Michigan, where lead-contaminated water led to a health crisis in 2014.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Congressional inability to devise a health care plan for the US is not the only impediment to good health care. Contaminated water pipes and old bridges are also roadblocks.
Getting food on to our plates out of season relies on a fragile business ecosystem. The latest shortages show how easily this can break down.
A blood drive in Florida in 2009.
AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Lower demand for blood may sound like good news, yet it is causing problems in the blood supply chain. Hospitals want to pay less for blood, which leads to disruption of previous business models.
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The growth in popularity for larger, supportive underwear has, in turn, led to huge amounts of innovation in the sector and a 70,000 mile supply chain.