Category Archives: Chap 12 New products and services

Having a virtual reality baby…

VR is being trialled to see if it can assist women with childbirth, as this BBC article and video explains.  The VR experience is design to help with relaxation and breathing, and hence ease pain. Advertisements

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Goodbye cardboard boxes

Interesting press release from 3M headlined “Goodbye, Cardboard Boxes. Hello, Scotch Flex & Seal Shipping Roll!”.  The cardboard box was invented in 1856 and little has changed since then – except with the huge growth in online shopping its use … Continue reading

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The Future Fashion Factory

The Future Fashion Factory is a good example of how R & D is being supported by a consortium of fashion industry firms and academic institutions, underpinned by government funding. As their website explains: “Future Fashion Factory is an industry-led … Continue reading

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Hi tech beauty

Interesting insight on the BBC Business website into how digital technology is changing the way in which beauty companies compete.  It reports on five main trends: AI and mass personalisation – using a hand held device, the customer’s skin tone … Continue reading

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Talking of apps – Bill Gates reckons there will soon be one that detects Alzheimer’s

At my age… I do hope so. Bill Gates has recently published an article on his blog that discusses how he is involved in finding new ways to diagnose and potentially cure Alzheimer’s.  One of these ways is to use … Continue reading

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EggSlut coming to the UK

If you have not heard of this concept, here’s a taster – “The menu is a balance of comfort and innovation, celebrating food that appeals to both novice and extreme foodie through classic comfort fare with a twist, all encompassing … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: R & D at Muntons

Muntons are a world-leading supplier of malt and malted ingredients to the brewing, and food and drink industries.  Headquartered in Stowmarket, they have another maltings in Bridlington.  Between the two sites they produce 175,000 tonnes of malt a year, along … Continue reading

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How industrial strategy can drive innovation

We recently blogged about how external factors can drive innovation.  Here is another example.  “Prime Minister Theresa May, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced a new £30 million partnership to promote new technology and innovation” … Continue reading

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Collaborative R & D

In our book, we explain that the new product development (NPD) process is affected by a number of different factors (pages 318-320).  A recent example of this is the announcement to set up a Functional Genomic Centre, funded and operated … Continue reading

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Procurement, risk, digital, cost reduction, new product development….

Fascinating video from Deloitte reporting on their 2017 survey of Chief Procurement Officers.  In four minutes it manages to illustrate the complex interaction between strategy, operations and the supply chain, and the potentially central role procurement has.  To my mind, … Continue reading

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