Turning Cardboard Boxes Into Toys

Turning Cardboard Boxes Into Toys

July 15, 2019

What to do with all of the boxes that come from Amazon?

The increase in online orders has resulted in increases in cardboard boxes.  It is estimated that Amazon uses over $20 billion worth of cardboard boxes.

One possible solution is to find something to do with the boxes after they arrive.  Amazon recently patented the concept of turning their boxes into toys.  Possible toys include planes, rockets, and sword and shield.  The boxes would come perforated, allowing them to be easily converted into a toy.


Video Spotlight: Best Toys Made of Cardboard


This post is based on the Strategic Sourceror article, Amazon Patents Cardboard Boxes That Can Be Turned Into Toys, June 28, 2019, and the YouTube video, Best Toys Made of Cardboard, by We Are the Davises, December 20, 2018. Image source: haywiremedia © 123RF.com

Discussion Questions:

1. How green is this concept?

Guidance: Anytime you can gain additional uses from packing material, you are acting in a green manner.  However, cardboard toys will have a short life expectancy, and most will still end up being recycled or sent to the landfill.

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Chocolate Companies Lack Traceability on Child Labor

Chocolate Companies Lack Traceability on Child Labor

July 2, 2019

Nearly 20 years have passed since the world’s largest chocolate companies, including Mars, Hershey, and Nestle, promised to reduce or eliminate child labor from their cocoa supply chains.

However, today, there are over two million children working in the cocoa industry in West Africa, where about two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is grown.  Chocolate companies still struggle to trace their supply chains back to the individual farms where cocoa comes from, despite spending large amounts of money to try to improve living conditions, access to education, and farming techniques in the area.

That lack of visibility is what makes it difficult for them to verify that the cocoa they purchase has not been grown or harvested with child labor.


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This post is based on the Washington Post article, Cocoa’s child laborers, by Peter Whoriskey and Rachel Siegel, June 5, 2019; and the YouTube videos, The Harsh Realities of Child Laborers in the Cocoa Industry, by Annenberg Media, November 4, 2016, and Tackling child labour on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, by SABC Digital News, Continue reading

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iPhone Production Doesn’t Have To Stay In China

iPhone Production Doesn’t Have To Stay In China

June 30, 2019

The China-U.S. trade war has disrupted traditional supply chains with threatened (and partially implemented) tariffs on hundreds of Chinese exports.  The 25% tariff would impose a severe tax on Apple’s iPhone, its “most profitable product”.

Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as the Taiwan contract manufacturer Foxconn, is the primary partner for Apple products.  According to their semiconductor division chief Young Liu, Hon Hai has sufficient production capacity outside China (estimated at 25%) if Apple asks its partner to relocate production outside of China.

Such a relocation for final assembly is described as “easy”, but not so the full production of components that go into the final product.  It would likely mean moving other assembly from non-U.S. companies back into China.  Currently, Foxconn is testing quality for mass production of the iPhone XR near Chennai.  Further, there is the future prospect of the Wisconsin plant to further diversify some aspects of the iPhone production.

To date, Apple has not announced any plans for such a change in its production strategy, but further uncertainty regarding the tariffs could change that.


Video Spotlight: Apple Doesn’t Need to Make All iPhones for U.S. in China


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