Plant-Based Sausage Pizza in a Round box

Plant-Based Sausage Pizza in a Round box

November 3, 2019

Pizza Hut is adding to the growing list of restaurants that are experimenting with or adopting plant-based meat.

In one Phoenix restaurant location, for one day only, on October 23, 2019, Pizza Hut introduced a Morning Star Farm’s plant-based sausage pizza, and packaged it in a “planet friendly” round pizza box made by Zume, Inc.

If the one-day test goes well, Pizza Hut will evaluate rolling out one or both innovations to more locations.


Video Spotlight: Pizza Hut testing plant-based sausage topping in Phoenix


This post is based on the Nation’s Restaurant News article, Pizza Hut Testing Plant-Based Sausage Served in Zume Round Box, by Nancy Luna and Gloria Dawson, October 22, 2019; the Fast Company article, Two Years in The Making, Pizza Hut Tests a Round Pizza Box, by Jeff Beer, October 22, 2019; and the YouTube video, Pizza Hut testing plant-based sausage topping in Phoenix, by 12 News, October 22, 2019. Image source: D. Hurst / Alamy

Discussion Questions:

1. Why introduce a plant-based sausage?

Guidance: The tremendous success of other plant-based meats by several fast-food restaurants is driving more restaurants to consider adding it to their menus.  Several have seen Continue reading

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GM Parts Start Stocking Out

GM Parts Start Stocking Out

October 25, 2019

As the UAW strike continues, GM faces stockouts on repair parts. Dealer lots are getting low on some models as well.

Before the looming strike, GM built up to an average of 77 days of supply of cars on dealer lots.  The typical days of supply is 60-65 days of inventory on dealer lots.


Video Spotlight: In tentative UAW deal, GM trades cash bonuses for future flexibility


This post is based on the NBC News article, Bad luck if your GM car needs spare parts or a repair, as UAW strike continues into its fifth week, by Paul Eisenstein, October 14, 2019, and the YouTube video, In tentative UAW deal, GM trades cash bonuses for future flexibility, by PBS News Hour, October 17, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Syda Productions

Discussion Questions:

1. Today’s vehicle manufacturing is based on lean/JIT systems.  How much leverage does UAW have in negotiations today compared to yesteryear?

Guidance: Remind students that vehicle manufacturing in the 1970s did not embrace quality management, lean/JIT, or many other common practices of today’s operations.  This is a good opportunity to review the development of modern operations.  Given that lean/JIT is Continue reading

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Electric Car Market Charges Ahead

Electric Car Market Charges Ahead

September 6, 2019

The electric car market is expected to overtake combustion engine vehicle sales in another 20-30 years.

Currently, even the lower cost electric cars are still more expensive than similar sized combustion engine vehicles. The upper end of the price range for electric cars is naturally limited by a small market.

The key to growing electric car sales will be tied to lower battery costs, which is starting to take place, along with the development of mass market vehicles. New electric cars are much faster to design and build, given fewer parts needed to operate an electric vehicle.

In addition, VW and GM are starting to develop fast-charging stations in a nationwide network to encourage consumers to confidently drive an electric vehicle almost anywhere. This infrastructure is needed to spur sales and helps address consumer concerns over the limited range of electric vehicles. The overseas markets are likely going to mature sooner than the US market for electric vehicles.


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