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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Surviving Tortillapocalypse

Surviving Tortillapocalypse

August 1, 2019

We survived the Tortillapocalyspe.

The first half of July 2019 brought supply chain shortages to Taco Bell, as the company ran out of 10 inch tortillas at several restaurants.  The shortage impacted the availability of burritos and quesadillas.

The shortage expanded nationwide. While we don’t have specifics on the root cause, they cited “supplier shortages”.

Taco Bell reported the problem was resolved by mid-July for most locations.


Video Spotlight:  Tortilla Trouble! Taco Bell Reportedly Suffering from a Tortilla Shortage


This post is based on the Daily Mail article, Taco Bell Warns Of Wrap Shortage As Staff Brand It The ‘Tortillapocalypse’ And Say It Could Hit Restaurants Across The U.S., by Ross Ibetson, July 3, 2019; the Food and Wine article, Taco Bell Confirms ‘Tortillapocalypse’ Is Real, Recommends Gorditas Instead, by Mike Pmranz, July 3, 2019, and the YouTube video, Tortilla Trouble! Taco Bell Reportedly Suffering from a Tortilla Shortageby b/60, July 3, 2019. Image source: cokemomo/123RF.

Discussion Questions: 

1. What steps should Taco Bell take to handle this type of shortage?

Guidance: Obviously, Taco Bell needs to react to this shortage and get tortillas to their restaurants as soon as Continue reading

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