Category Archives: Chap 12 New products and services

Operations Insight: ASDA – designing sustainability into their new product development process

This detailed case study can be found on the WRAP website.  WRAP is a charity set up in 2000 to encourage and support the sustainable use of resources.  It works in a range of areas – food, hospitality, electrical, textiles, agriculture, … Continue reading

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Co-creation and Open Innovation in New Product Development

This video does what it says on the tin…

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Amazon’s “Shop the Future” – really? Talking tattoos – really?

On 20 July Amazon issued a press release entitled “New Shop the Future store from Amazon.co.uk features innovative electronics, home, health & beauty and food & drink products destined for future fame”.  It explains that this “store” (i.e. web page) … Continue reading

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Customisation in air travel from Airbus

Airbus A3 Transpose is what air travel might be like in the future…

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Clothes that grow with the child

Petit Pli is what happens when an aeronautical engineer decides to design children’ clothing.  This startup sells outerwear that will fit a child from the age of 4 month up to 36 months.  As I have three grandsons ranging in … Continue reading

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Biodegradable automobiles?

Cars are made from metal – usually. But recently a car made from flax and bioplastic (made from sugar beet) has been launched.  LINA is the first biocomposite vehicle.  As this article explains – “The complete chassis, the body of … Continue reading

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Factors that enable business startups

This piece by Nicky Jackson on the entrepreneur.com website is headlined “10 forces that have caused the packaged food startup explosion”.  I’m not sure that these can be categorised as “forces”, that they have “caused” anything (maybe ‘helped shape’?), nor … Continue reading

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China is good at the hard part of innovation

It is commonly thought that the hard part of innovation is coming up with new ideas.  But in many countries, and in many companies, the hard part is turning ideas into a commercial reality.  Seinfeld and Beltoft (2014) argue that … Continue reading

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Snact – making snacks out of ‘waste’

Snact is another example of a new company being formed to address ethical and/or environmental concerns.  They make fruit snacks from ugly and unwanted fruit that would otherwise be thrown away by British farmers, because they do not meet the … Continue reading

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Gumdrop – making plastic and rubber compounds out of chewing gum

This is gob-smacking in more ways than one!  First, it seems that used chewing gum can be transformed into rubber and plastic compounds.  Second, it seems there is enough of the stuff to make it economically worthwhile to do this. … Continue reading

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