Tag Archives: food

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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How the IoT will change the food supply chain

Recent blogs have considered some of the implications of digital transformation in general terms, this blog looks at one specific sector.  IGD is a charity which analyse trends to provide insights for the food and grocery industry so that they better … Continue reading

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From shopping mall to urban social hub

Interesting article by Natasha Stokes published this week.  It looks at how shopping centres/malls are changing, especially with regards the provision of other kinds of service operations such as restaurants, hotels, and cinemas.  The old style shopping mall had a … Continue reading

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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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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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Robots in the fields

Forgive the rock ‘n roll backing track – this gives a good idea of how robots are going to be used in the agricultural sector in the near future.  There will be more about the impact of robots on operations … Continue reading

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Package and product personalisation – the next step after mass customisation?

A few years back I wrote a series of blogs on the concept of mass customisation i.e. mass producing goods that are ‘individualised’ for specific consumer groups (usually) or even single consumers (in auto manufacture and computing).  This article from … Continue reading

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Food crisis management

In order to ensure I do not always blog on the same topics, I occasionally check the tags to see which ones have the smallest font size (which indicates infrequent tags).   It is due to this that I came across … Continue reading

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Genetically modified order winners

Purple tomatoes are on the way.  This is because they have been genetically modified to increase the amount of antioxidants they contain.  As the scientist who developed them explains: “With these purple tomatoes you can get the same compounds that … Continue reading

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Headline that cannot be ignored…

On the Guardian webpage today: “Plan to rear flies on industrial scale for making fish food”.  Some interesting facts that emerge from this story are: More than half of the world’s fish is now farmed. Price of fish food has … Continue reading

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