Toddler Gets Popsicle by Drone

Toddler Gets Popsicle by Drone

August 27, 2018

Solving the last-mile delivery problem is difficult.

One approach that is being considered is delivery by drone.  Previous OM in the News posts have looked at drone use by Zipline and Doordash.  Now, the FAA has conducted a test with a drone out of line-of-sight of the operator.

The test: delivering a Popsicle in 6 minutes from a simulated store, to a 2-year-old more than a mile away. The FAA’s drone didn’t land, but instead hovered, and lowered the Popsicle with a tether.

Current regulations limit the use of drones to line-of-sight operation.  If tests like this one are successful, the line-of-sight limitation might be lifted.


Video Spotlight: Toddler’s Popsicle-by-Air Marks Milestone in U.S. Drone Delivery


This post is based on the Bloomberg article, Toddler’s Popsicle-by-Air Marks Milestone in U.S. Drone Delivery, by Alan Levin, August 8, 2018; and the Bloomberg video, accompanying Bloomberg video. Image source: wundervisuals/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What problems are facing the use of drones for the last-mile-delivery?

Guidance: In the US, regulations are part of the problem.  The FAA hasn’t approved drones for use beyond line-of-sight.  The Popsicle delivery was one test of concept Continue reading

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Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

Aryballe’s Artificial Nose: Smell The Quality

August 13, 2018

The artificial nose, developed by French company Aryballe Technologies, can help manufacturers with quality control and new product development.  This bio-optic smell sensor tests the flavor and fragrance of food.

Human noses will still be needed, but this technology adds efficiency.  In product development, when testing how food aromas change over time, it provides clear points of reference, which is difficult for a human to do.  Testing foods for consistency during the manufacturing process can be assisted with this device as well.


Video spotlightAryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD


This post is based on the Food Navigator article and video, Aryballe’s ‘artificial nose’ with bio-sensors can boost quality control and NPD, by Niamh Michail, August 2, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing/SuperStock.

Discussion Questions:

1. How can this new technology benefit manufacturers and play a role in quality control?

Guidance: From raw material sourcing to finished goods, the artificial nose can help ensure batch-to-batch consistency.  This is referred to as quality of conformance.  Manufacturers need to make sure that each batch of product conforms to the specifications developed in the prototype.  Flavor is one component Continue reading

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Lockers Assist Online Orders at Home Depot

Lockers Assist Online Orders at Home Depot

August 6, 2018

Home Depot is installing lockers to allow customers to pick-up their online orders without having to interact with an employee.

The customer goes to the lockers located at the front of the store, and retrieves their orders.  The concept is to make picking-up online orders easier for their customers.

Currently 45% of Home Depot online orders are picked-up in the store.  Some of the larger orders still require employee assistance.

Walmart and Amazon are also implementing the locker concept for online order pickup.  Although the home improvement segment isn’t as advanced in terms of online orders as other segments, this shows Home Depot’s dedication to online sales.


Video Spotlight: Buy Online, Pickup in Store Challenge: Home Depot vs. Lowe’s | CNBC


This post is based on the USA Today article, Home Depot Joins Walmart, Others in Installing Lockers in Stores for Online Orders, by David Plan, June 27, 2018 and the YouTube video, Buy Online, Pickup in Store Challenge: Home Depot vs. Lowe’s | CNBC, November 22, 2017. Image source: Space Kaleidoscope / Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the benefits of using lockers for order pick-up for online customers at Home Depot?

Guidance Continue reading

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