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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Amazon Wants Convenience Stores to Be More Convenient

Amazon Wants Convenience Stores to Be More Convenient

As Amazon expands its presence in physical retail, it is also trying to disrupt it.

We all dread checkout lines at the grocery store. To eliminate this bottleneck in the shopping experience, Amazon is experimenting with a new concept that involves digital cameras, sensors, computers, and phone apps. The company’s initial building project has been scaled down from large grocery stores to convenience stores. After several years of research and millions of dollars spent, the project remains at the pilot stage.

In the end, the project may be more about a new, big idea than a store.   


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This post is based on the Bloomberg Businessweek article, Amazon’s Ambitious Research Project Is a Convenience Store, by B. Stone and M. Day, July 18, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Does Amazon Go Work?by Techquickie, March 13, 2018. Image source: Hero Images / Image Source.

Discussion Questions:

1. At what stage of the life cycle is this project? Justify your answer.

Guidance: This is a pilot project. The pilot project itself is in the execution and monitoring stages. Quality is assessed with thorough testing, and changes are Continue reading

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DIY Health Tests

DIY Health Tests

At-home health tests may promote better health at a lower cost.

Lab testing ranks high among the most unpleasant experiences people endure in their lifetimes. Because of their adverse relationship with lab testing and its cost, patients tend to miss screenings or simply ignore them. Everlywell has created multiple at-home tests that make it more convenient and cheaper for patients to get tested.


Video Spotlight: At Home Lab Testing


This post is based on the Bloomberg Businessweek article, At-Home Health Tests Get the Direct-to-Consumer Treatment, by A. Cohen, July 23, 2019, and the YouTube video, EverlyWell – At Home Lab Testing – How It Worksby EverlyWell, December 19, 2017. Image source: Shutterstock/peter verreussel.

Discussion Questions:

1. Using the HOQ framework, what are customer and product/process design requirements for lab testing?

Guidance: The patients’ or customers’ requirements are: health, convenience, speed, privacy, low cost, reliability, and personal involvement in care. The product/process requirements include test availability at major pharmacies, at-home testing for privacy, affordable retail cost and partnership with insurance companies, easy mail-in process, online results and professional consultation, and CLIA-certified labs.

2. What are the steps you go through when getting a lab Continue reading

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