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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This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, The great electric car race is just beginning, Continue reading

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Turning Cardboard Boxes Into Toys

Turning Cardboard Boxes Into Toys

July 15, 2019

What to do with all of the boxes that come from Amazon?

The increase in online orders has resulted in increases in cardboard boxes.  It is estimated that Amazon uses over $20 billion worth of cardboard boxes.

One possible solution is to find something to do with the boxes after they arrive.  Amazon recently patented the concept of turning their boxes into toys.  Possible toys include planes, rockets, and sword and shield.  The boxes would come perforated, allowing them to be easily converted into a toy.


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This post is based on the Strategic Sourceror article, Amazon Patents Cardboard Boxes That Can Be Turned Into Toys, June 28, 2019, and the YouTube video, Best Toys Made of Cardboard, by We Are the Davises, December 20, 2018. Image source: haywiremedia © 123RF.com

Discussion Questions:

1. How green is this concept?

Guidance: Anytime you can gain additional uses from packing material, you are acting in a green manner.  However, cardboard toys will have a short life expectancy, and most will still end up being recycled or sent to the landfill.

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Pour a Foamy Mug of Rejected Cereal

Pour a Foamy Mug of Rejected Cereal

July 6, 2019

Kellogg’s in Manchester, England has teamed up with UK brewery, Seven Bro7thers, to put new “pop” in the beer business.

The two companies are making beer using Rice Krispies and Coco Pops not perfect enough to make it into the cereal box.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Kellogg’s is repurposing misfit rice-based flakes that are too large, too small, overcooked, uncoated, or discolored and that would, in the past, have been used as animal feed.  The cereals replace malted barley in beer recipes.

These beers follow on the heels of a similar partnership which used rejected Corn Flakes to create “Throw Away IPA” in 2018.


Video Spotlight: Kellogg’s is making beer using discarded corn flakes


This post is based on the Independent article, Kellogg’s launches new beers made from Rice Krispies and Coco Pops waste, by Katie O’Malley, June 13, 2019; the Business Green article, Sip, sparkle, and drink: Kellogg’s turns cereal waste into beer, by Toby Hill, June 13, 2019 (requires a subscription); and the Facebook video, Kellogg’s is making beer using discarded corn flakes, by NowThis Food, December 18, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Y_L

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1. Why is Kellogg’s Continue reading

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