Amazon Go-Go-Go

Amazon Go-Go-Go

February 1, 2018

Amazon Go is now open to the public. You may have heard of Amazon’s new bricks-and-mortar venture, located in its headquarters building in Seattle  The store was originally announced in 2017, but the pubic launch was delayed until the kinks had been worked out of the technology.

The store features an automatic checkout system. No waiting in line for checkout – the store uses a variety of technologies to track the items that you remove from the shelf.  You simply pick up the items you want, walk out of the store, your Amazon account is charged, and an electronic receipt is generated.

Items available include ready to eat meals, grocery essentials, meal kits (to make meals), and the very popular “Just Walk Out Shopping” mug.  To shop in the store, you need a smartphone, the Amazon Go app, and an Amazon account with associated payment methods.

Interestingly, on one of its first days of operation, a line formed to enter the store… for the store that isn’t supposed to have lines.

This post is based on the USA Today article, Amazon Go: lines form in Seattle to be among the first to try checkout-free shopping, Continue reading

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Hospitals Work Around IV Bag Shortage

Hospitals Work Around IV Bag Shortage

January 26, 2018

A shortage of IV bag has limited the ability of hospitals nationwide to deliver IV-administered drugs to patients.

The IV bag shortage results from a disruption of IV bag production at Puerto Rican plants, after the hurricane cut the power supply.  The shortage has hospitals scrambling to find alternatives and workarounds to handle an influx of patients during the flu season.

This post is based on the USA Today article, Hospitals find other ways to deliver medicine amid IV bag shortage, by Anne Saker and Shari Rudavsky, January 14, 2018.

Discussion Questions
1. How does the IV bag shortage affect health services?

Guidance: Issues include inability to provide patients with the IV-administered drugs, devise less effective and efficient alternatives and workarounds, stop elective procedures

2. What are healthcare providers’ responses to the IV bag shortage issue?

Guidance: They’re finding secondary suppliers where possible, rescheduling patients, and finding ways to permanently reduce the use of IV bags.

3. In what ways can the IV bag shortage issue be better understood from a supply chain management perspective?

Guidance: Supply chain disruption and risk mitigation is of particular importance to the health care industry; alternative means to provide Continue reading

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