May 2016 Archive
It has long been known that counterfeiting and piracy make up a vast global business. But a report published on April 18th by the OECD suggests that, despite the advent of high-tech counter-measures, it is far bigger than previously thought. The last such survey by the club of 34 mostly rich countries was in 2008. Updated the next year with data from 2007, it put the value of cross-border trade in fakes at $250 billion, or 1.8% of the total for all goods. The latest report estimates that by 2013 those figures had risen to $461 billion, and 2.5%.
3D printing is coming of age as a manufacturing technique. Increasingly 3D-printed objects are being produced as finished items, rather than as models or prototypes.
Johnson Controls Inc. had a logistics mystery on its hands: thousands of reusable shipping boxes and storage racks were disappearing every year. Sticking RFID tags on the containers and racks helped resolve this issue.