Will the Chicken Sandwich War Continue into 2020?

Will the Chicken Sandwich War Continue into 2020?

February 2, 2020

For the fast food industry, 2019 will go down as the year of the Chicken Sandwich War.

It started on August 12, 2019 when Popeyes introduced a new chicken sandwich.  What first appeared to be another in a long line of additions to fast food menus quickly escalated.  Fueled by several tweets back and forth between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A, plus critics and others raving about the new sandwich, Popeyes experienced long lines and large increases in sales.

Unfortunately, Popeyes quickly ran out of chicken sandwiches nationally.  The demand was too great for its supply chain to handle.  Restaurants stopped serving the chicken sandwiches and waited for their supply chain to catch up.

On National Sandwich Day (Sunday, November 3, 2019) Popeyes re-introduced its chicken sandwich.  This, coupled with Chick-fil-A social media promoting National Sandwich Day that happened to fall on a Sunday when its restaurants are closed, created quite a stir.  Customers flocked to Popeyes to try out the chicken sandwich.  Many had missed the opportunity during the original introduction.

It appears that the Chicken Sandwich Wars will continue into 2020.  Chicken sandwiches are still growing in popularity, and competitors Continue reading

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Package Deliveries Clog City Streets

Package Deliveries Clog City Streets

January 26, 2020

Over 1.5 million packages are delivered daily in New York City.

Same-day delivery from companies like Amazon, and the increasing movement of people and food deliveries by Uber, Lyft, and other companies, are all adding to New York’s traffic congestion.

The city is considering ways to curb the traffic.  One approach is to restrict the number of taxis, Uber and Lyft drivers, coupled with better mass transit.

Congestion pricing is another.  This charges vehicles fees to enter the city (or area) with the fee possibly changing based on congestion or anticipated congestion.  Bridges to New York City already charge tolls.

Plans for congestion pricing are already underway, with possible introduction by as early as 2021.


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This post is based on the Fast Company article, One-Day Deliveries Are Breaking Our Cities, by Jasper Dekker, December 23, 2019; the TT News article, NYC Creeps Ahead on Congestion Fees, Raising Doubts on Deadline, by Henry Goldman, December 27, 2019; and the YouTube videos in the Continue reading

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Vertical Farming for Local Food

Vertical Farming for Local Food

January 20, 2020

As the world’s population grows and people move towards urban areas, locally sourced fresh produce will become more important.

One possible approach is vertical farming with hydroponic agriculture.  Vertical farming would involve using an enclosed facility and growing crops in vertically stacked layers.  In this climate-controlled environment, crops could be grown year-round.  Everything could be controlled to insure optimal production of crops.

The primary approach with vertical farming is to grow the crops hydroponically.  In this approach, a water solution containing the required nutrients is provided to the plants.


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This post is based on TheHill.com article, This is where the food of the future will be grown: Vertical farms offer a number of significant advantages–and they help conserve precious resources, by Eileen Abbot, January 1, 2020, and the YouTube video, Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works, by The B1M, March 6, 2019. Image source: © Bert Hoferichter / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. What supply chain advantages does vertical farming offer?

Guidance: Vertical farming offers several supply chain advantages.  The first is crops that can be grown closer to urban centers, without requiring farmland that Continue reading

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