Water Risk For a $5 Trillion Industry

Water Risk For a $5 Trillion Industry

October 6, 2017

Article Title: Nestle, Coca-Cola top list of companies disclosing water risk

Author of Article: Anya Khalamayzer

Date of article: September 14, 2017

Source URL: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/nestle-coca-cola-top-list-companies-disclosing-water-risk

Summarizing the key points from the 2017 Feeding Ourselves Thirsty report, this article relates specifically to OM in that it identifies a shortage of water and pollution of water as a risk to the sustainability of operations in the $5 trillion food and agribusiness industry. This risk is not just operational, but reputational, and has marketplace, regulatory, and litigation risks attached to it.  Nestle and Coca Cola earned the highest scores for their water risk management programs, while Chiquita earned only 1 point, given its lack of transparency.

Discussion Questions
1. Examine all the ways in your personal and professional life, you either consume or come in contact with items that consume water in the manufacture of them. Discuss what impact a shortage of water would have on you and the products both personally and professionally.

Guidance: This open-ended question can be used to encourage class discussion in process management, process improvement, ethics, productivity, product redesign, triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable supply chain.

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Biometrics May Reduce Lines at Airport Security

Biometrics May Reduce Lines at Airport Security

Article Title: Passing Through Airport Security with the Touch of a Finger

Author of Article: C. Martin

Date of article: September 8, 2017

Source URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/business/airport-security.html

A company called Clear is working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in US airports to implement biometrics. The plan is to reduce congestion at airport security checkpoints. The biometrics involved are fingerprints and iris scans, and they would help some flyers bypass the document-verification step of the TSA’s screening process. The roll-out has been slower than expected, but 24 airports are currently using Clear’s technology.

Discussion Questions
1. What challenges does Clear face in implementing this new technology?

Guidance: Possible discussion areas include hacking concerns, potential liability issues, how fast the product can be rolled out, acceptance of the technology by flyers, training workers at security checkpoints, and maintaining the technology.

2. Passengers require a speedy screening process and tight airport security. What are some of the technical requirements for Clear’s product?

Guidance: A good opportunity to incorporate House of Quality. Can discuss service quality, and the benefits of lead time reduction.

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Pampering at The Local

Pampering at The Local

October 4, 2017

Article Title: Nordstrom Is the First Retailer That Actually Understands What We Want

Author of Article: Thomaï Serdari

Date of article: September 15, 2017

Source URL: http://fortune.com/2017/09/15/nordstrom-local-retail/

Nordstrom Local is a new concept in personalized retailing developed by Nordstrom to address multiple customer pain points. Rather than selling clothes, the Local (the first location is in Los Angeles) provides personal stylists to help pull together outfits for customers to try on while getting a manicure and enjoying drinks in the in-store bar.  Tailors are on-site to make alternations.  Clothing and other merchandise can be purchased through any retail channel with convenient pickups and returns at the Local.

For Nordstrom Local to be successful, its retail operations must focus on delivering “fabulousness” to its customers instead of a transactional point of sale experience.

Discussion Questions
1. What are the challenges of retail operations in today’s business environment? How is Nordstrom responding to these challenges?

Guidance: Topics might include competition from e-tailers, inability to make rapid changes in response to changing customer wants and needs, the need to build loyalty to the brand and a relationship with customers.

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