Zipline Drones to the Rescue

Zipline Drones to the Rescue

April 15, 2018

Zipline, which launched its drone delivery service for life-saving blood supplies in Rwanda in October 2016, now reveals the next generation of autonomous drones, the fastest commercial drones on earth.

With about a 30 minute delivery time, blood can now quickly reach a population of 10 million people who utilize hospitals and clinics across the rugged and mountainous country.  Drones are launched from a distribution center, and the fixed-wing planes cruise at speeds of about 101 km/h to their destinations where the boxed blood is then parachuted to the ground.

With a top speed of 128 km/h, they are four times faster than traditional quadcopters, and their range is much greater.  The new drone will make it possible to launch a fulfillment order within one minute of its receipt, as compared to the previous ten minutes, and the number of daily delivery flights will increase from 50 to 500.

Zipline, whose logistics were mapped with help from UPS, has saved many lives since its inception by delivering critical blood in a timely way.

This post is based on two articles: DroneLife.com’s 1 Minute Fulfillment. 101 KPH Delivery. Zipline Announces New Drones, by Miriam McNabbon, April 4, 2018, Continue reading

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Hershey’s Sustainable Kisses

Hershey’s Sustainable Kisses

April 15, 2018

Hershey hopes its commitment to spend $500 million dollars through 2030 to promote the sustainable sourcing of cocoa will sweeten its image with consumers and help improve the productivity of small farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

This is in line with with similar moves to source sustainably by companies ranging from Starbucks to Unilever.  Last year, Hershey bought more than 75 percent of its cocoa from certified and sustainable sources, and it’s on track to move that to 100 percent by 2020.

This post is based on the Bloomberg article, Hershey To Spend $500 Million Making More Sustainable Kisses, by Marvin G. Perez and Emily Chasen, April 3, 2018. Image sources: CHOATphotographer/Shutterstock and Shutterstock / Christopher S. Howeth.

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1. What is driving the changes towards sustainable sourcing at companies like Hershey and Starbucks?

Guidance: More and more, consumers prefer to do business with companies that practice sustainable sourcing of supplies and ethical treatment of workers.  In addition, leadership in many companies also hold these same values themselves.  Thus, from an operations standpoint, having a low cost strategy may take a back seat to a strategy which includes the sustainable Continue reading

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