Sourcing-related reading, selected by the Global Sources content team.
Sustainability continues to be one of the hottest topics in the global fashion industry. New innovations, green initiatives, and conscious collaborations are announced now and then. Here’s a look back at the sustainability efforts fashion brands have initiated to reduce the industry’s carbon footprints.
Staying one step ahead this time to avoid disruption in the supply chain, ODMs are obtaining approval from clients and shifting production from facilities in Malaysia. Wistron, which acquired Western Digital’s factory in 2020, has shelved its original plan to use it to churn out IoT products in 2H 2021. Inventec has reallocated resources and diverted other orders to its factory in Shanghai, reserving existing capacity in Penang for US-bound shipments.
To help smart home owners gauge their electricity consumption, Amazon has rolled out Energy Dashboard, a feature that indicates how much energy is being used by Alexa-enabled devices. These include smart plugs, switches, water heaters, thermostats, and smart TVs.
Just as interest in prefab homes skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nestron started shipping its tiny artificial intelligence-powered and smart furniture-equipped prefab homes overseas. The models can be as small as 156 square feet, and have add-ons such as solar panels, heated floors and other smart appliances.
French luxury leather goods company Longchamp has signed up for Neoline’s new sail-powered vessels to reduce emissions on its transatlantic shipping. According to Nantes-based Neoline, at a commercial speed of 11 knots, 136m sailing cargo ships will allow a reduction of up to 90% of the emissions of shipping compared to a conventional vessel of the same size operating at 15 knots on the same line.
That’s all for this edition of the Friday links – have a great weekend.