Afternoon Coffee: Apple Removes “Green” Certification Stickers, Direct Materials Sourcing Webinar

Apple no longer EPEAT certified.
Apple Removes Green Electronics Certification From Products -- Apple has pulled its products off the U.S. government-backed registration of environmentally friendly electronics. Apple asked EPEAT, the electronics standards setting group, to pull its 39 certified desktop computers, monitors and laptops, which included past versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, off the list of green products late last month, Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT told CIO Journal. EPEAT, created through funding by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and manufacturers, awards products a seal to certify they are recyclable and designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize environmental harm.

Join us for a webinar next week!
Your Direct Materials Sourcing Guidebook: Six Principles for the Manufacturing Road Ahead -- This webinar is a companion to the recently published Spend Matters research paper "A Direct Materials Guidebook – Six Guiding Elements for the Manufacturing Road Ahead." Direct materials procurement is completely different and requires its own set of expertise, processes and technologies compared with indirect and services spend. We believe there are six themes that companies should include in their broader direct materials sourcing guidebook. Join Jason Busch and Thomas Kase of Spend Matters as they examine each of them, plus the different elements that comprise the broader theme.

Olympic glory to Olympic money pit...
China's Post-Olympic Woe: How To Fill An Empty Nest -- As the opening date for the London Olympics nears, Beijing's acclaimed Olympic venues are saddled with high maintenance costs and are struggling to get by. And the most famous, the Bird's Nest stadium, has been repudiated by its own creator, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Even the state-run government mouthpiece, the China Daily, worries that Beijing's iconic structures risk becoming "white elephants." To the bang of drums and the roar of the crowds, Beijing's 2008 Olympics opened with a boom. The spectacular opening ceremony was fitting for the spectacular Bird's Nest. Girdled with strips of concrete, it was an ambitious structure for a new superpower. But four years on, the Bird's Nest is looking tired and empty.

And everyone at Boeing high-fives.
United Airlines Announces Dreamliner Induction Plan -- United is scheduled to take delivery of its first Dreamliner in late September. The aircraft cabin is being installed on the first aircraft, and will be configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy. Cabin color selections use a palette of blue and grey and are consistent with other modern United aircraft. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features. The 787's inflight entertainment system features an all-new design that offers more intuitive browsing and more filtering options, giving customers the option of searching for programs by language.

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