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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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Fusion? A joint China, EU, India, Korea, Russia and United States project

It is not often that you hear about all these countries collaborating together on a single project.  But for the last ten years that is what they have been doing.  And it is planned to continue for another 25 years … Continue reading

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IKEA’s design ethos – think like a software company & open source?

IKEA’s Delaktig sofa comes with a multitude of click-on accessories, as this article explains.   But what is really interesting, from an operations point of view, is how they are thinking about design. One aspect of this is ‘thinking like … Continue reading

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