Nike Withdraws Betsy Ross Flag Sneaker from Market

Nike Withdraws Betsy Ross Flag Sneaker from Market

August 4, 2019

Nike has withdrawn their Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe.

The shoe features an early U.S. flag, commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross Flag.  Nike decided to pull the shoe from the market after Colin Kaepernick expressed concerns about what the Betsy Ross flag represented.

The shoes were already in retail stores in anticipation of the July 4th holiday sales.  A handful of these shoes had already been sold.


Video Spotlight:  Nike pulls ‘Betsy Ross flag’ sneakers after Colin Kaepernick steps in


This post is based on the NBC News article, Nike Pulls Betsy Ross Flag Shoes after Kaepernick Complaint, Report Says, by Ben Kesslen, July 2, 2019, and the YouTube video, Nike pulls ‘Betsy Ross flag’ sneakers after Colin Kaepernick steps inby CNBC Television, July 2, 2019. Image source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (LC-USZC4-2998).

Discussion Questions: 

1. With the shoe already in stores, what operations management issues have arisen with Nike’s decision to withdraw the shoes?

Guidance: Immediately, Nike needs to retrieve the sneakers from the stores.  There is an added problem in that there are Nike Shoe collectors, and Continue reading

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Salad Vending Machine

Salad Vending Machine

July 21, 2019

On the go, looking for something to eat?  In most cases, your choices are not healthy.

Fresh Bowl may solve this problem.  At the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan, you can get a salad from a vending machine.  These salads range in cost from $6 to $12, and are provided in a glass jar.  When you return the glass jar, you receive a $2 discount.

Fresh Bowl restocks the vending machine daily, and the salads are made daily.  They hope to expand the number of vending machines in the future.


Video Spotlight: Fresh Bowl Healthy Vending Machines


This post is based on the Fast Company article, Need A Quick Salad? These New Vending Machines Have You Covered, by Adele Peters, June 24, 2019, and the YouTube video, Fresh Bowl Healthy Vending Machines, by Zach Lawless, August 1, 2018. Image source: © Ariel Skelley/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions: 

1. What are the operational issues associated with a salad vending machine compared to other vending machines?

Guidance: The biggest issue deals with the shelf life of the product.  Obviously, salads have a very short shelf life.  Consider that a can Continue reading

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Turning Cardboard Boxes Into Toys

Turning Cardboard Boxes Into Toys

July 15, 2019

What to do with all of the boxes that come from Amazon?

The increase in online orders has resulted in increases in cardboard boxes.  It is estimated that Amazon uses over $20 billion worth of cardboard boxes.

One possible solution is to find something to do with the boxes after they arrive.  Amazon recently patented the concept of turning their boxes into toys.  Possible toys include planes, rockets, and sword and shield.  The boxes would come perforated, allowing them to be easily converted into a toy.


Video Spotlight: Best Toys Made of Cardboard


This post is based on the Strategic Sourceror article, Amazon Patents Cardboard Boxes That Can Be Turned Into Toys, June 28, 2019, and the YouTube video, Best Toys Made of Cardboard, by We Are the Davises, December 20, 2018. Image source: haywiremedia © 123RF.com

Discussion Questions:

1. How green is this concept?

Guidance: Anytime you can gain additional uses from packing material, you are acting in a green manner.  However, cardboard toys will have a short life expectancy, and most will still end up being recycled or sent to the landfill.

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