Can Urban Farming Go Corporate?  |  Reuters
Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate.
In June, Lightfoot’s company,BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain’s supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country’s largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price.

Can Urban Farming Go Corporate?  |  Reuters

Farms have sprouted in cities across the country over the past several years as activists and idealists pour their sweat into gritty soil. Now Paul Lightfoot wants to take urban agriculture beyond the dirt-under-your-nails labor of love. He wants to take it corporate.

In June, Lightfoot’s company,BrightFarms, announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain’s supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country’s largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price.

IBM - Smarter Commerce Summit
Redefining commerce in the age of the customer
 The  Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2011 brings together a powerful  combination of best practices, new technology and industry perspectives  with deep dives into:
e-commerce
supply chain management
targeted and personalized marketing
mobile and social commerce
analytics and insight

IBM - Smarter Commerce Summit

Redefining commerce in the age of the customer


The Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2011 brings together a powerful combination of best practices, new technology and industry perspectives with deep dives into:

Beyond The Beyond | Spime Watch: Shipping Containers and the Future Internet of Things

“Interaction designer Tom Igoe describes the dawning era of “networked objects” - the widespread deployment of simple electronic devices, “modules with simple, easy to understand interfaces” that can be used to build anything: “object-oriented hardware.” We need only look as far as the innards of an average smart phone for electronics components that are now being used to network shipping containers.

“ConLock and ContainerSafe are examples of a new breed of snap-on “peripheral devices” that offer a range of tracking, security and monitoring functionality. (((One wonders how many of these “breeds” there are, and if they can get any cheaper than radio-frequency ID tags for five cents each.))) These devices are equipped with onboard photoelectric sensors to monitor changes in the light level within a container (indicating that a container has been opened or breached), accelerometers that detect impact and GPS modules for location tracking. They’re also able to access GSM networks and SMS channels to send text or email alerts when waypoints are reached or anomalies occur. (((”Blogject.”)))

IBM Commercial: Smarter Supply Chain Technologies Keep Counterfeits Off Shelves (via ibm)

On a smarter planet, pharmaceutical companies can use RFID technology from IBM to track and trace medicine as it makes its way through the supply chain. These smarter systems are already helping companies monitor the safety of our medicine and keep counterfeits off the shelves, and keeping people safe.

What  Will the Trucking Industry Look Like in 2020? | Sustainability | Fast  Company
IBM predicts that telematics could do everything from automatically slowing a truck down when it approaches a blind curve to diagnosing vehicle issues remotely for preventative maintenance. All of these technologies will decrease the number of truck accidents on the road. In turn, that will cut down on highway traffic and fuel burned by idling vehicles. Telematics could even decrease potential litigation costs by keep track of a truck’s every move.

What Will the Trucking Industry Look Like in 2020? | Sustainability | Fast Company

IBM predicts that telematics could do everything from automatically slowing a truck down when it approaches a blind curve to diagnosing vehicle issues remotely for preventative maintenance. All of these technologies will decrease the number of truck accidents on the road. In turn, that will cut down on highway traffic and fuel burned by idling vehicles. Telematics could even decrease potential litigation costs by keep track of a truck’s every move.

Congestion ahead: New Jersey needs intelligent traffic management - NJVoices Guest blog)

Truth is, traffic congestion is clogging the gears that make our state run. And it’s going to get worse. Truck volume alone is projected to increase by 80 percent on Garden State roads during the next two decades, according to one report. It’s clear that the traditional remedies for road congestion — adding a lane or widening a highway — have not made the daily commute any easier. Orange traffic cones have come to symbolize an unacceptable status quo. And yet, something must be done. Traffic congestion doesn’t just add stress to our already stressful lives, it acts as a brake on economic development while increasing air pollution.

Congestion ahead: New Jersey needs intelligent traffic management - NJVoices Guest blog)

Truth is, traffic congestion is clogging the gears that make our state run. And it’s going to get worse. Truck volume alone is projected to increase by 80 percent on Garden State roads during the next two decades, according to one report. It’s clear that the traditional remedies for road congestion — adding a lane or widening a highway — have not made the daily commute any easier. Orange traffic cones have come to symbolize an unacceptable status quo. And yet, something must be done. Traffic congestion doesn’t just add stress to our already stressful lives, it acts as a brake on economic development while increasing air pollution.