Sourcify is connecting entrepreneurs directly to pre-vetted overseas factories

If you’ve ever tried to order and source products from overseas you likely know the process is broken. Factories rarely talk directly to customers and middlemen are difficult to track down and t

Canvas’ robot cart could change how factories work

We stopped by Andy Rubin's Playground in Palo Alto to check out a new autonomous cart from Canvas Technologies. The startup aims to replace existing fixed and expensive factory infrastructure, like co

Startup hub builder Factory plans gargantuan new campus in Lisbon

This year Lisbon is roaring along with noted startups like Uniplaces, Aptoide, Farfetch, Seedrs and Unbabel putting the Portuguese capital on the map. Vast annual startup conference Web Summit arrived

The Canvas autonomous cart can ferry goods around chaotic factory floors

Most Econ 101 classes start with an explanation of fixed and marginal cost in the context of factories. The factory is the principal fixed cost — expensive and permanent. Canvas wants to smash this

The Future Of Foxconn: The Birds

At first I thought the birds in the trees at the Foxconn's largest plant in Shenzhen, China were fake. They sang so sweetly that I was sure my hosts had planted speakers for my benefit - a sort of Pot

Foxconn Worker Dies In Shower After 60-Hour Workweek

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/micgadget.jpeg" class="right">A <a HREF="http://crunchgear.com/tag/Foxconn">Foxconn</a> employee, Chen Long, died of exhaustion after wor

German man sells turnkey condom manufacturing factories

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/rubber.png" /> 56 year old German entrepreneur Klaus Richter is selling ready-for-use condom factories, meaning you can order a complete

Mac Brick? Apple's fancy new manufacturing process that could revolutionize the industry

Big rumor this weekend, which makes you wonder why it emerged during the weekend and not the workweek. Be that as it may… Apple is looking to construct, or already has, its own ultra modern manu

Samsung closer to opening mobile phone factory in Vietnam

It looks like Samsung is getting closer to building a $670 million mobile phone manufacturing plant in Vietnam. Why the change of locale? Cheap labor, of course. Samsung submitted a proposal last mont