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As China seeks to further boost the e-commerce sector, it is likely to attract new capital and create new jobs and entrepreneurs. Recently, the State Council, China’s cabinet, announced that it will boost the development of e-commerce by cutting red tape and liberalizing investment regulation in the sector. Reportedly, the new measures include a tax cut, simpler administrative procedures and a push for entrepreneurship.During the past two decades, I have explored the rise of the information and communication technology sector first in America and then worldwide, starting with “The Triumph and Erosion in the American Media and Entertainment Industries” (1995)…
A new Trend Report published by DHL and Cisco Consulting Services concludes that the ‘Internet of Things’ offers “huge potential for more efficient and transparent supply chains”. The Trend Report estimates that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today. “For any organization with a supply chain or logistics operations, the Internet of Things (IoT) will have game-changing consequences, from creating more ‘last mile’ delivery options for customers, to more efficient warehousing operations and freight transportation,” said DHL. According to Cisco’s economic analysis, IoT will “generate $8 trillion worldwide in Value…
Sunday, 05 April 2015 10:19

Time to think more about Halal

We take food authenticity pretty much for granted in New Zealand. Some of our trading partners don’t – and they really appreciate it when food imported from this country comes with robust traceability and authentication processes. Of course the importance of authentication depends on what you care about. New Zealanders eat mostly food produced in our own well-regulated industries.  Branding and information labelling are to a high standard, and that enables plenty of individual discernment about ingredients, health impacts and so on.  Food safety issues, like that last month with bagged vegetables in a big grocery chain, are certain to…
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