Fixing the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Problem

Fixing the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Problem

March 5, 2021

 

Frustrated about not having an appointment yet? You have company!

Millions of people have been trying to secure an appointment, and the process is both unnerving and confusing. Demand greatly outstrips supply, which calls for a well-organized system. Unfortunately, in several states, people rush to secure scarce appointments online, either causing the systems to crash or forcing them to refresh their screens continuously until a new appointment opens up. Yet, some states lead in vaccination rates thanks to efficient, one-stop pre-registration systems and coordination with vaccination providers.

 


Video Spotlight: One-Stop, Pre-Registration Site in New Mexico


This post is based on The Conversation article, How to Really Fix COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduling, by T. Dai, February 22, 2021, and the YouTube video, Covid-19 Vaccine Trackers Show New Mexico Rollout Among the Fastest , by KRQE, January 21, 2021. Image source: Rawpixel.com / Sutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the factors contributing to people’s anxiety about securing an appointment?

Guidance: The factors listed in the article include: 1) the high demand relative to supply, 2) the lack of efficient, one-stop pre-registration in many states, and 3) the existence of multiple vaccination providers, each with its own Continue reading

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Virgin Hyperloop: First New Mass Transport in 100 Years?

Virgin Hyperloop: First New Mass Transport in 100 Years?

March 2, 2021

Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, is in the news again, this time pitching the idea of a 43-minute commute from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

A new concept video accompanies images of what customers of the future can expect.  Walder envisions this technology being used primarily for “short haul” routes for both passengers and cargo, and touts it as the first new form of mass transportation in 100 years.


Video Spotlight: 


This post is based on the Fox Business article, Virgin Hyperloop reveals passenger experience on high-speed trains, by Ann Schmidt, February 3, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Amy Johansson/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  In what phase of the product life cycle are hyperloops?

Guidance: Hyperloop technology is in the earliest introductory phase. This is a time when a lot of money needs to be invested in developing the product, introducing it and its uses, and marketing its potential.

A number of different companies and business leaders are in a race Continue reading

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GM and Navistar Partnership Is Fueled by Hydrogen

GM and Navistar Partnership Is Fueled by Hydrogen

GM is providing hydrogen fuel cells for a fleet of Navistar Inc.’s semi trucks.

J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., will run the fuel-cell powered trucks on dedicated routes in 2022. The hydrogen is sourced from One H2 Inc.  These companies’ collaboration is making zero-emission long-haul transportation a reality.


Video Spotlight: 


This post is based on the Detroit News article, GM partnering with Navistar on hydrogen fuel cell semi trucks, by Kalea Hall, January 27, 2021, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Comstock Images / Alamy

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why are GM, Navistar, One H2, and J.B. Hunt collaborating in developing fuel-cell powered semi trucks?

Guidance: The fuel-cell powered semi truck represents an ecosystem solution for zero-emission long-haul transportation.  It also demonstrates the companies’ commitment to environmental sustainability as a collective effort.

2.  What supply chain roles do GM, Navistar, One H2, and J.B. Hunt play in developing fuel-cell powered semi trucks?

Guidance: GM will supply the Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes as well as thermal and power management systems for Navistar’s semi trucks.  One H2 Continue reading

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