Category Archives: Sustainability

Greening the supply chain

Plastic turns the corner?

In the 1968 film The Graduate, a young character fresh out of College, played by Dustin Hofmann, emerges from the pool in his diving suit and flippers to be given advice on his future. “I just want to say one word … Continue reading

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Flower power transforming economies

Mayhews London Labour and the London Poor (1861) describes street folk of the fast expanding capital city with flower sellers as the “aristocracy” of the street; their elevated status due to a combination of wealthy clients and the need to own … Continue reading

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Finding the energy to transform our way of life

As the media builds up to the Policy fest on Global warming in Copenhagen; T L has been trawling through the inspirational story of a place that is doing something about it – Las Gaviotas, Columbia. Since the 1940s Columbia has been … Continue reading

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Port cities and the sustainability challenge

Tonight, Christine Loh – founder and CEO of Hong Kong based Policy Research Group Civic Exchange – gave the annual Peter Thompson lecture at the University of Hull Logistics Institute. The theme was Port cities and, the sustainability challenge.  Using a Global … Continue reading

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The perishable supply chain

Have you ever wondered about how Italian ice cream was invented – before electricity? Or, the significance of eggs at Easter? Ice cream reaches back in time to the Egyptians; the Mughals and 5th century Greeks with their snow mixed … Continue reading

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Improving Supply Chain Energy efficiency. What happens to the Majority World?

McKinsey have published an important insight into increasing the energy efficiency of supply chains. Starting from the fact that 15 million barrels of oil per day – that’s 20% of total production – is used to move things around globally, the study … Continue reading

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Mobile telephony transforming logistics and lives

Imagine the view from Everest. That summit beyond compare, the calm and then … the ringtone. With 100,000 phone masts erected each year, coverage is virtually blanket and the impact of mobile telephony with all its features is growing. And … Continue reading

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How green is my shanty town?

We all know by now that roughly 80% of our global energy needs come from carbon emitting fuels. The challenge ahead of us is stunning. A McKinsey Report highlights that we get $740 of GDP for every ton of Co2. All the Plans … Continue reading

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Green distribution in a Mega City

Every day in Mumbai 5,000 semi literate Dabawalas of the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Charity Trust deliver lunch to 200,000 office workers within a 60 kms radius inside three hours. The meals are home made, served up in a … Continue reading

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Hygiene and the informal economy

Florida has an ideal climate to retire to and, with tourist magnets like Disney World at Orlando, to chill out in. This makes for high demand on the hospitality and service sector in general and this in turn drives a … Continue reading

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