Carrot Straws?

Carrot Straws?

Has a smoothie company found the perfect replacement for plastic straws?

The demise of the plastic straw due to its impact on the environment has brought about the search for its replacement.

The carrot straw promises to eliminate the problems associated with the plastic straw, and comply with bans that have been placed on plastic straws.  The carrot straw can either be eaten or composted when finished.  It will not impact landfills or oceans in the same way that plastic straws are doing.


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This post is based on the Delish.com article, This Smoothie Store Is Testing Hollowed-Out Carrot Straws Ahead Of Earth Day, by Madison Flager, April 19, 2019; and the YouTube video, Here’s how little plastic straws are wrecking our oceans, by USA Today, May 29, 2018. Image source: McGraw-Hill Edudation

Discussion Questions:

1. Why introduce carrot straws?

Guidance: The carrot straw is part of the search for the replacement for the plastic straw.  Carrot straws offer the advantage of either eating or composting it when done.  Obviously, much more environmentally friendly compared to a plastic straw.

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Amazon Go Goes Back to Cash

Amazon Go Goes Back to Cash

A previous OM in the News post looked at the impact of several laws requiring businesses to accept cash.  In light of these new laws and pressure from customers, Amazon Go will start to accept cash, and so will Sweetgreen.

Sweetgreen dropped taking cash in 2016 when cash sales that had been around 40% of their sales dropped to less than 10%.  By not accepting cash, Sweetgreen was able to perform 5-15% more transactions per hour.


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This post is based on the Market Watch article, Backlash Against Cashless Stores Forces Sweetgreen And Amazon Go To Reverse Their ‘No-Cash’ Policies, by Jeanette Settembre, April 30, 2019; and the YouTube video, Shopping at Amazon Go in San Francisco, by CNET, October 24, 2018. Image source: Corbis/SuperStock

Discussion Questions:

1. Should retailers accept cash?

Guidance: Perhaps the answer is yes from a social justice perspective.  However, with the 5-15% increase in sales that can be processed in the Sweetgreen example, cashless transactions result in less waiting time, and shorter lines.  Overall, that’s a better customer experience – unless you need to pay by cash.

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Amazon Prime Moves to 1-Day Free Shipping

Amazon Prime Moves to 1-Day Free Shipping

Amazon has announced its plan to shift Prime to free 1-day shipping in the near future. The current Prime shipping plan on most items is two days.

The rollout will be gradual, with certain areas receiving 1-day shipping sooner.

At present, Amazon Prime offers a variety of delivery speeds depending on your location and the product offered.  In order to accomplish 1-day shipping, Amazon plans to spend over $800 million in the second quarter of 2019.


Video Spotlight: Amazon is making 1-day shipping the new standard for Prime members


This post is based on the USA Today article, Amazon’s 1-Day Free-Shipping Plan Changes the Game Again, by Daniel B. Kline, April 29, 2019; and the YouTube video, Amazon is making 1-day shipping the new standard for Prime members, by CNBC Television, April 26, 2019. Image source: Image Source/Shannon Fagan

Discussion Questions:

1. Should Amazon make this change to 1-day free shipping?

Guidance: It is a definite game changer. Competitors such as Walmart and Target have been changing their operations to address Prime’s 2-day shipping.  Amazon has upped the expectation on delivery speed again.

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