May 17, 2020

Aircraft manufacturers join forces to research biofuel

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Boeing and COMAC have opened a new center
Follow @WDMEllaCopeland Aircraft manufacturers COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corp of China) and Boeing China have joined forces this week, in a new effort...

Aircraft manufacturers COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corp of China) and Boeing China have joined forces this week, in a new effort to research energy conservation.

The two companies are opening a collaboratively funded center for research into energy conservation and CO² reduction, which hopes to find a way of turning waste cooking oil into a sustainable biofuel.

Named the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center, the center has a dual goal, hoping ‘to expand knowledge into sustainable aviation biofuels and air traffic management to improve aviation efficiency’ and reduce CO² emissions.

 

 

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The center, which is situated in COMAC’s new Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute (BASTRI), will utilise researchers from Chinese universities and research centers.

 

China, which has one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets, consumes approximately 29 million tons of cooking oil per annum, whilst the aviation industry uses around 20 million tons of jet fuel each year. The center’s first research project hopes to identify contaminants in cooking oil and the processes to clean it for use as a jet fuel.

"We are excited about opportunities to partner with world-class research capabilities in China in ways that will accelerate the global push for renewable jet fuels and support commercial aviation's growth while reducing its environmental footprint," said Dong Yang Wu, vice president of Boeing Research & Technology - China.

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Jun 21, 2021

Pandora and IBM digitise jewellery supply chain

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Jewellery retailer Pandora teamed with IBM to streamline supply chains as sales of hand-finished jewellery doubled across ecommerce platforms

Pandora has overhauled its global supply chain in partnership with IBM amid an ecommerce sales boom for its hand-finished jewellery. 

The company found international success offering customisable charm bracelets and other personalised jewellery though its chain of bricks and mortar retail destinations. But in 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak forced physical stores to close, Pandora strengthened its omnichannel operations and doubled online sales. 

A focus on customer experience included deploying IBM’s Sterling Order Management, increasing supply chain resiliency and safeguarding against disruption across the global value chain.

Pandora leverages IBM Sterling Order Management as the backbone it its omnichannel fulfilment, with Salesforce Commerce Cloud powering its ecommerce. Greater automation across its channels has boosted the jeweller’s sustainability credentials, IBM said, streamlining processes for more efficient delivery. It has also given in-store staff and virtual customer service representatives superior end-to-end visibility to better meet consumer needs. 

Jim Cruickshank, VP of Digital Development & Retail Technology, Pandora, said the digital transformation journey has brought “digital and store technology closer together and closer to the customer”, highlighting how important the customer journey remains, even during unprecedented disruption. 

"Our mission is about creating a personal experience and we've instituted massive platform changes with IBM Sterling and Salesforce to enable new digital-first capabilities that are much more individualised, localised and connected across channels and markets,” he added. 

 

Pandora’s pivot to digital 

The pandemic forced the doors closed at most of Pandora’s 2,700 retail locations. To remain competitive, it pivoted to online retail. Virtual queuing for stores and virtual product trials via augmented reality (AR) technology went someway to emulating the in-store experience and retail theatre that is the brand’s hallmark. Meanwhile digital investments in supply chain efficiency was central to delivering on consumer demand. 

“Consumer behaviour has significantly shifted and will continue to evolve with businesses needing to quickly adapt to new preferences and needs,” said Kareem Yusuf, General Manager, AI Applications and Blockchain, IBM. “To address this shift, leading retailers like Pandora rely on innovation to increase their business agility by enabling and scaling sustainable supply chain operations using AI and cloud.”

Yusuf said Pandora’s success was indicative of how to remain competitive by “finding new ways to create differentiated customer experiences that protect their enterprises from disruptions to help mitigate risk and accelerate growth”. 
 

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