New Convenience Store Designs

The layouts of convenience stores (c-stores) are changing. Much of this change in layout results from location constraints or desired changes in traditional c-store strategy.

Four new types of c-store layouts are gaining popularity: two-stories, food-focused, frictionless, and unstaffed micro-markets or micro-stores.

The two-story c-store allows for more space on smaller lots, and provides separate zones for different customers (e.g., truckers).

The food-focused c-store adds a focus on food. Many traditional c-stores are looking to add traffic and move towards a travel center […]

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BMW’s Digital Twin Factory

The world’s first digital twin of BMW’s electric vehicle (EV) factory in Hungary is made possible with Nvidia’s simulation technology.

BMW can use the digital replica of its physical factory to detect and correct any problems before actual production, in order to plan and optimize its EV design.  Eventually, BMW will be able to simplify workflow by integrating the physical and virtual world with artificial intelligence.


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Efficiency or Identity? A Dilemma for Fast Food Restaurants

Minimalism is in; Googie architecture is out.

Red roofs, neon golden arches, and other bright-colored structures have practically disappeared from the fast food landscape. They have been replaced by boxy, sleek designs that reflect both cultural and economic trends. Whether or not these new designs are less aesthetically pleasing than their older counterparts is a matter of personal taste. Fast food chains’ primary goal remains to give customers what they want.


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High-End Vets for the One Percent Pets

Some pets receive the royal treatment.

They are family, and therefore we treat them like family…or better! Responding to this sentiment, veterinary clinics have realized that the business prospects of offering the type of care humans wish for themselves are very good. Accordingly, vets have invested in large facility expansions and a diverse portfolio of services including exercise rooms, heated pools, and acupuncture. What does it take to get there and is this model here to stay?


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