Packing Light Is More Science Than Art

Packing Light Is More Science Than Art

Do you love traveling but hate carrying luggage? There might be a new product that is just right for you. Unbound Merino is a line of travel clothes (t-shirts, hoodies, underwear, and socks) that can be worn for days, even weeks without washing.

Sound far-fetched? Apparently, the merino wool apparel claimed to repel odor and sweat is very popular among Silicon Valley professionals.


Video Spotlight: The Unbound Merino Compact Travel Hoodie


This post is based on the Forbes article, This Travel Clothing Brand Cofounder Can Go Anywhere in the World with Just One Backpack, by S. Dundas, October 31, 2018, and the YouTube video, The Unbound Merino Compact Travel Hoodie, by Unbound Merino, April 24, 2018 Image source: Gregory Kramer/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. What external factors created opportunities for the development of this clothing line? Do you foresee external threats in the near future?

Guidance: Review the external factors typically involved in a SWOT analysis. A strong economy (the clothes are rather pricey), existing technology in product components and processes, a lack of competition in everyday merino wool clothing, and growth in international travel created opportunities for Unbound Merino’s business.

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Amazon Raises Wages – Your Move, Walmart

Amazon Raises Wages – Your Move, Walmart

November 5, 2018

Bigger paychecks await Amazon’s 250,000 employees as well as 100,000 seasonal workers.

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon’s new $15/hour wage kicks off November 1.  Competition for seasonal workers is high among retailers, with the nation’s unemployment at 3.9%, and Amazon hopes higher wages will entice more and better quality workers.  Amazon hopes to set a trend in the retail industry and plans to lobby the federal government to raise the minimum wage for all workers.   Waging war on Walmart’s $11/hour pay boost that took place last February, Amazon raised the bar significantly.

Other competitors like Target have also responded to public pressure to raise its minimum wage, which moved to $12/hour in September and is set to hit $15/hour by 2020.  It remains to be seen what impact this will have longer term on the prices customers pay, but as one of America’s largest employers, Amazon’s actions will put a few more presents under the tree this holiday season.


Video Spotlight: Amazon hikes minimum wage to $15 an hour for US employees


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Taxis To Take Flight in 2024

Taxis To Take Flight in 2024

October 23, 2018

Transcend Air’s flying taxi will make the 1960’s Jetsons’ aircraft a reality by 2024.

Passengers of the six-seater vertical takeoff and landing vehicle can skip the airport, skip the lines, and travel for about the same price as a conventional commercial flight.  With a design that is quieter than a helicopter and can fly three times as fast, the taxi’s 400mph flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take only 55 minutes.


Video Spotlight: Manhattan – Boston, $283, 36 mins, No Airports = No Congestion


This post is based on the Travel and Leisure article, Flying Taxi Company Wants to Get You From New York City to Boston in 36 Minutes, by Talia Aviakan, October 2, 2018; the Mass Live post, Flying taxi to travel from Boston to New York in 36 minutes, by Michelle Williams, September 26, 2018; and the YouTube video, Manhattan – Boston, $283, 36 mins, No Airports = No Congestion, by Peter Schmidt, September 19, 2018. Image source: Fanatic Studio/Alamy.

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1. How is this new type of air transport more sustainable than traditional aircraft like planes or helicopters?

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