Tag Archives: new product development

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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Please wear your Safecap when reading our blog…

… to prevent you nodding off.  Ford have developed this headwear to prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.  Rather than read Ford’s own blurb about it, it’s more interesting to see what deconstructedbrief.com have to say about it … Continue reading

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Agile software development is futile if conducted in a non-agile context

The concept of agile originated in the software development arena and has pretty much become the standard way of working.  It’s success has lead to the adoption of so-called agile practices in other aspects of operations, but not always.  This … Continue reading

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Innovation in Sodexo

I’ve just been looking at Sodexo’s Global Annual Culinary Report 2019.  Let’s be clear it is not what it says on the front – it is a sales and promotion glossy designed to highlight different aspects of Sodexo’s portfolio.  BUT … 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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VR enabled design

Founded in 2016 and based in Helsinki, Varjo produces an industrial-grade VR headset that allows professionals in sectors to work in human eye-resolution quality virtual or mixed reality when designing new products. The headset can be integrated with the world’s … 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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Wild botanical gin

Having just blogged about gin, I thought I would publish a video showing how gin is made.  Instead I found this promo video…  It warms your heart.  It also illustrates how location can be central to an operation’s business model.

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The meteoric rise of gin

Interesting piece on the BBC Business website, outlining the significant rise in gin consumption in the U.K.  Apparently 1.5 m. more adults now drink this beverage than four years ago.  It seems a major factor in this was a change … Continue reading

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Gen Z pushing mature industry sectors into rapid decline

I’m not sure if this is tongue in cheek, but this Bloomberg article proposes that Generation Z – those born after 1995 – are set to push some industry sectors into rapid decline.  They highlight three in particular – shopping … Continue reading

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