Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent logistics, electronic waste and technology news that HOBI’s blog reported on during the week 9/03-9/07.
The freight industry is currently experiencing the “perfect storm,” thanks to a combination of rising logistics charges, a severe lack of drivers and the unenthusiastic reaction to last year’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. And unfortunately there is not a simple solution in sight. By far the biggest issue the industry is facing is the shortage of drivers. For the past few years, there has been a massive decline in the amount of new drivers, which the trucking market heavily relies on. Experts say the availability of drivers will be a slow improvement and until the rate of drivers increases, the reverse logistics, including the recycling industry, can expect to see rising freight charges for the foreseeable future.
According to a study by Grand View Research Inc. the global e-waste market is expected to reach 63.705 million metric tons by the end of 2025. A majority of this growth can be attributed to the widespread use of electronic devices throughout the world. It goes without saying that the more technology we use, the more e-waste we produce. This has caused proper disposal of e-scrap to become a key concern for economies all over due to health hazards associated with e-scrap landfill and incineration. However, high costs associated with e-waste recycling are expected to hinder the market growth.
The era of smartphones and tablets dominating the market may be over. Research scientists at Queen’s University Human Media Lab have created a new device called the MagicScroll, which is modeled after ancient paper scrolls, so it takes a rolled-up cylindrical form. Though they admit their prototype is still rather large at this stage. While still bulky at this R&D stage, the team argues the cylindrical, flexible screen form factor of their prototype offers advantages by being lightweight and easier to hold with one hand than a traditional tablet device, such as an iPad. And when rolled up they point out it can also fit in a pocket (albeit a rather big pocket). Even though the device is still in the prototype stage and it isn’t up to par with the iPhone X just yet, it sure seems like it’s shaping up to be something impressive.