Making the Little Black Dress Green

Making the Little Black Dress Green

Environmental excesses are soiling the glamorous image of fast fashion.

The ability to bring the latest styles to the masses has made Zara a leader in the fast fashion industry. However, this success is leaving a sizeable carbon footprint. Determined to be a trendsetter on several fronts, Zara has vowed to become a model of sustainability in its industry by 2025. Some skeptics believe that goal may be unrealistic.


Video Spotlights: Environmental Impact of Fast Fashion and How to Make Fast Fashion More Sustainable


This post is based on the npr.org article, Can Fast Fashion and Sustainability Be Stitched Together?, by E. Bowman and S. McCammon, July 27 2019, and the YouTube videos, The Problem with Fast Fashionby Teen Vogue, September 21, 2018, and Making Fashion More Sustainable, by Bloomberg Markets and Finance, November 8, 2018. Image source: David Hughes/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is “fast fashion”? What are the reasons for its appeal to customers?

Guidance: Fast fashion is affordable, trendy clothing that is produced and distributed rapidly to mass markets. The availability of the latest styles at relatively low prices makes fast fashion very appealing.

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Is Dining Out on Its Way Out?

Is Dining Out on Its Way Out?

The restaurant industry is no longer benefiting from a growing economy.

Numerous factors have contributed to lower sales and meager profit margins, forcing the industry to identify its mistakes, reevaluate trends, and hopefully, clear the path for a future renaissance.


Video Spotlight:  Achieving Sustainability in Fine-Dining through Customer Loyalty and Chef Retention


This post is based on the Washington Post article, We’ve Just Lived through the Greatest Period of Restaurant Growth in U.S. History. Here’s Why It’s Ending, by L. Reiley, July 8, 2019, and the YouTube video, Mikael Jonsson. Discussing: Specialisation – The Future of Fine Diningby Foodontheedge, December 18, 2015. Image source: DreamPictures/Blend Images LLC.

Discussion Questions: 

1. What forecasting technique could you use to predict demand in the restaurant industry for the next three years? What predictor variables would you include in your model?

Guidance: Forecasts for the next three years would involve a trend (not necessarily linear) and a regression model. According to the article, likely predictors may include economic indices, number of competitors, costs, socio-economic factors, mall traffic, lending rates, demographic variables, etc.

2. Based on the article, at what stage of the service life cycle is Continue reading

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