Sally the Salad Robot

Sally the Salad Robot

August 26, 2020

Are you missing your self-serve salad bar because of the pandemic?  Maybe technology can get you the salad of your dreams.

Chowbotics has created a self-serve salad robot called Sally The Salad Robot.   Sally can be filled with 22 canisters of various items, with over 150 ingredients that are approved for the containers.   Through a touch screen, the user can combine these 22 ingredients into a variety of feature salads, grain bowls, yogurt bowls, and snacks.  Over 1,000 possible bowls can be made by combining these 22 items in different ways with Sally.  You can select a predetermined recipe, or combine the items to make your own unique creation.

Sally the Salad Robot has an expanded appeal with the presence of Covid-19.  Many locations have eliminated their self-serve salad bars for safety reasons. But, the demand for customized salad remains.  As a result, Sally the Salad Robot is very attractive for several industries, including the food department in supermarkets like ShopRite, in hospitals, and in higher education.


Video Spotlight: The Salad Station’s rapid brand expansion through the 24/7 salad robot. (Nov 27, 2019, chowbotics)


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Boston Beer Recycles Beer from Expired Kegs

Boston Beer Recycles Beer from Expired Kegs

In the week of April 11th, beer sales rose by 11.6%.  However, not everything is rosy for beer producers.

The increase in retail sales has been offset by reduced sales to restaurants and bars that are shuttered during this pandemic.  So, beer producers have a mismatch between packaged beer and kegs.  They will need to change their production scheduling to reflect the shift in demand between packaged beer and kegs.

An additional problem is that many beer producers are receiving back expired kegs, and must determine what to do with them.

Many companies recycle expired beer by converting it to ethanol for gasoline.  However, the demand for gasoline is down as well during this pandemic.  One interesting solution is to convert them to ethanol for use as hand sanitizer.


Video Spotlight: Brewery and distillery makes hand sanitizer amid coronavirus pandemic (Mar 19, 2020, ABC Action News)


This post is based on the CNBC article, Kegs Are Going Bad as Coronavirus Keeps Restaurants Closed. Boston Beer Has A Solution, by Amelia Lucas, April 24, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: JirkaBursik/Shutterstock.com

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Toilet Paper: A Potential Bullwhip Example

Toilet Paper: A Potential Bullwhip Example

April 19, 2020

Toilet paper demand from retailers is up 25% due to the pandemic.

Even though manufacturers are already operating their mills 24/7, the capacity may be constrained as the workforce is reduced to prevent the virus spread.

Demand may or may not be an issue, depending how long the panic buying associated with the pandemic lasts.  As of the date of this post, most retailers reported being able to resupply stores from their warehouses.  Some manufacturers are shipping directly to retailers to cut lead time and restock their warehouses.

There are two major questions confronting the mills:  Can the mills increase capacity if the pandemic lasts multiple months? Will demand drop because consumers overbought and bullwhip the mills?


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This post is based on the CNN article, Toilet paper makers: ‘What we are dealing with here is uncharted’, by Parija Kavilanz, March 19, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Comstock Images/Alamy Stock Photo.

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