Limited Menus for Restaurants

Limited Menus for Restaurants

August 8, 2020

Taco Bell is the latest restaurant to trim the size of its menu. Many restaurants have recently reduced their menus in light of the pandemic’s impact on their business.

For example, McDonald’s temporarily eliminated all-day breakfast.  IHOP condensed its menu from 12 pages down to 2 pages.  Dave and Buster’s reduced its 40-item menu to 15 items.

Much of the reduction in menu sizes is attributed to the pandemic, but reduction in menu sizes provides many operational advantages.  These organizations may continue with the limited menus after pandemic restrictions end.


Video Spotlight: Taco Bell Menu 2020 Fast Food Chain Changing Menu Removing Items (July 22, 2020, News Today)


This post is based on the Newsweek article, Taco Bell Menu 2020: Fast Food Chain Changing Menu, Removing Items, by Seren Morris, July 22, 2020; the CNN article, Restaurant Menus Are Getting Smaller. Here’s What Some Big Chains Are Dropping, by Danielle Wiener-Bronner, June 24, 2020; and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: weedezign/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why are restaurants reducing the size of their menu?

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The Reusable Origami Bottle

The Reusable Origami Bottle

July 27, 2020

The reusable bottle may never be the same.  DiFOLD has developed a bottle that is collapsible, and named it the Origami bottle.

One use of this bottle is for water.  The bottle can be folded easily and carried in collapsed form in a backpack or purse.  The user can then fill the container from a drinking fountain or refill station.  This would eliminate the need to purchase a plastic bottle of water.

The Origami bottle offers several features.  It is made from a plant-based material, whereas many competitor products use petroleum in their production.  This bottle’s material is easily recycled.  It is also durable.

Another use of this product is to refill it with other liquids besides water, leading to the nickname of ‘the Milk Man model’.   Although not as common today, at one point in time it was very common for milk to be delivered in reusable glass bottles.  The origami bottle hopes to replicate this approach by having customers bring back the bottle to the store to be refilled at the store.  Or it could be returned in collapsed form to a facility to be refilled.


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COVID-19 Sensors in Development

COVID-19 Sensors in Development

June 7, 2020

Will bomb sniffing dogs find themselves out of work?  Technology originally being developed to identify chemicals or explosives in airports and planes is now being repurposed to seek and find people carrying coronavirus.

Airbus and California tech start-up, Koniku, are developing a contactless screening sensor that can detect the presence of COVID-19 in people’s breath or sweat, even if they are unaware that they are infected.  Sensors can be mounted on airport or airplane walls. An alarm would sound if an infected person walks by.

Testing in airports could begin as early as the end of the year.


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This post is based on the Fox News article, Airbus eyeing “smell sensors” capable of detecting coronavirus on planes, by Brooke Crothers, May 7, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Westend61/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Where in the product life cycle is the idea of using smell sensors to detect disease?

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