Neuralink Implant Moving Toward Human Trials

Elon Musk hopes coin-sized computer implants may soon bring sight to the visually impaired and movement to the paralyzed.

However, the first project for his Neuralink Corporation is to win approval for a brain-computer interface (BCI) to be tested in humans.  This technology could help someone who, for instance, had a stroke to be able to communicate with their thoughts, making the neuronal spikes from the brain readable by a computer.

Testing has been going on for a while, but human trials […]

Unpacking the Process of Making Cardboard

Cardboard manufacturing is big business, and it keeps growing.

Cardboard has been used to package items for decades, but with the explosive growth of online shopping during the pandemic, it has become a staple in every household. Manufacturers are betting on sustained growth and are investing in huge, vertically integrated operations from pine harvesting to box making. Cardboard is more than 90% recyclable and has a competitive advantage over plastic in an environmentally conscious world.


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Mass Customization Trend at Quick-Service Restaurants

While Subway moves away from its 57-year mass customization approach for sandwiches, instead emphasizing its Signature Series sandwiches, many quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are adding mass customization.

Starbucks is one such example. Customer demand for customized cold coffee beverages now represents approximately 75% of the chain’s total beverage sales. Starbucks is rolling out a new system called Siren to meet the growing demand for cold customized beverages. This system reduces the time required to produce a customized drink. For […]

Subway’s New Menu Revisited

OM in the News blogged about Subway’s new menu in July 2022. Subway changed its 57-year-old approach of having customers build their own sandwiches, and rolled out 12 chef-inspired Signature Series sandwiches to push customers to order by sandwich name or number.

Now the results are in. The results indicate an 8.4% increase in same-store sales from the quarter a year ago. For September 2022, the results are even better at nearly 11% year-over-year growth.

In 2021, sales improved […]

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