P.F. Chang’s Expands To-Go

P.F. Chang’s Expands To-Go

January 12, 2021

P.F. Chang’s has over 200 restaurants in the United States, and an additional 95 restaurants across 25 countries.  For the majority of these restaurants, the majority of revenue is derived from dining in the restaurant.

With its percentage of sales increasing for take-out and delivery, P.F. Chang’s has been moving away from traditional dine-in restaurants.  Even before the pandemic, the company closed its Chicago dine-in restaurant and opened three to-go restaurants throughout the Chicago area.  Their plan is to open three to-go restaurants in New York City, with an additional 12 to-go locations throughout the United States.

The to-go locations use a smaller footprint by not having a dining area.  A traditional P.F. Chang’s restaurant would be approximately 7,000 square feet.  The to-go version will be between 1,500 to 2,000 square feet.  These to-go sites will offer a reduced menu, concentrating on customer favorites.


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This post is based on the Restaurant Dive article, P.F. Chang’s Continues Takeout-Only Expansion with NYC Launch, by Julie Littman, October 19, 2020; the Jacksonville Daily Record article, P.F. Chang’s bringing To Go concept Continue reading

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Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

Amazon’s Thousand Suburban Warehouses

November 3, 2020

Amazon plans to open 1,000 small delivery hubs across the United States, with plans to increase this number to approximately 1,500.

The move is to further the company’s goal of same day delivery to customers.  Walmart and Target have been using their network of stores to provide same day delivery, with Walmart implementing Walmart+, its own version of Amazon Prime.

Amazon’s small delivery hubs are planned to be about 200,000 square feet, one-quarter the size of the company’s fulfillment centers.  Moreover, these suburban hubs will provide parking lot space for hub workers, Amazon delivery vans, and the gig workers who make Amazon deliveries.

Overall, it is expected that each small delivery hub will generate around 1,000 vehicle trips per day.


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This post is based on the Yahoo Finance article, Amazon Plans to Put 1,000 Warehouses in Suburban Neighborhoods, by Spencer Soper, September 16, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: jeremyiswild/Getty Images

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1. What advantage does the small delivery hub offer?

Guidance: These small hubs allow inventory to be Continue reading

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California Bans Gas-Powered Cars

California Bans Gas-Powered Cars

November 2, 2020

California has set 2035 as the deadline for requiring all new automobiles to be zero-emission.

This move will eliminate new gasoline powered vehicles from being sold in California.  Existing gasoline powered cars could still be owned and sold.  The ban will also include medium and heavy-duty trucks by 2045 where feasible.

The measure is estimated to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35%.  California’s Governor encouraged other states to join their ban for the good of the environment.  At the moment, over 15 countries already have similar commitments in place.  Additionally, California will not issue new permits for fracking as part of their commitment to the environment.


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This post is based on the Rapid City Journal article, California Moves to End Sales Of New Gas-Powered Cars, by Adam Beam, September 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Prachaya Roekdeethaweesab/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1. What industries will be impacted by the ban?

Guidance: This ban could potentially have a negative impact on automobile manufacturers, and gasoline production and distribution. Continue reading

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