Daily Archives: January 18, 2013

Why Does Exorbitant Healthcare Spending Not Equal Good Health In the U.S.?

The International Herald Tribune reported last summer that "Combined public and private spending on health care in the U.S. came to $8,233 per person in 2010, more than twice as much as relatively rich European countries such as France, Sweden and Britain that provide universal health care." Yet a study, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health carried out by experts appointed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine -- released last week according to the New York Times -- found "on average, Americans experience higher rates of disease and injury and die sooner than people in […]

Friday Latte: Apple Exec Resigns, Armstrong Admits to Doping, Developer Caught Outsourcing Own Job

Moral of the story: set up a home server U.S. Software Developer Busted by Employer for Outsourcing His Job to China -- Until recently, a typical workday for one particularly enterprising software developer involved watching cat videos and surfing eBay while a Chinese consulting firm took care of the code writing for $50,000, a sum that the developer paid out of his six-digit salary. This strategy provided him with excellent performance reviews for years, but, alas, it was against internal company policy. iPad production goes down Sharp cuts iPad display production. Will iPad mini be the bigger hit? -- Apple, […]

Conflict Minerals – How To Prepare Your Supply Chain (Part 1)

Much has been written about the Dodd-Frank, Section 1502, Conflict Minerals Requirement – an SEC regulation of direct concern to publicly traded companies listed on US exchanges and their immediate suppliers – but not as much about how to actually comply with it. The regulated materials are tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (commonly referred to as 3T/G) that are sourced from mines under the control of violent forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or the surrounding countries.

Healthcare Needs a Double Shot of Efficient and Effective

One of the beauties of e-sourcing is that it is so efficient and time-saving, especially when it's combined with effective supplier management. So much data is only collected once, through a web browser, disseminated between multiple users, stored, and is available for validation, use and reuse. It can be so elegant when it's done right. Quick too -- users can typically zip right through the process, expending time and effort to provide only the data points that are relevant to them. Switching to the world of healthcare, we walk straight into the opposite scenario. Reams and reams of forms to […]

Supply Risk Meets the Horse’s Ass

Horse does not taste like chicken -- as some British consumers have recently found out. Before I go into the details of that discovery, let me disclose my own love affair with horse hide (aka cordovan) shoes. After walking a few miles in my shell cordovan shoes yesterday morning (more on my mini-obsession here, I probably should not be complaining about the use of horse products when it comes to human usage and consumption (before anyone calls PETA on me, I will say that they are the best-wearing shoes ever -- in fact I own five pairs, each at least […]