The Changing Retail Checkout Lane

Worldwide, a variety of approaches are being tried for retail checkout. Many of these approaches are changing how checkout lanes function.

Approaches include facial recognition for payment; scan-and-go with personalized pricing; a smart grocery cart that identifies items as they are placed in the cart; and a smart grocery store with frictionless checkout that allows customers to view and approve their basket.

In addition, one very interesting approach is being tried: the slow checkout lane. Not in a hurry, want to chat […]

The Challenging Market for Recycled Clothing

Renewcell had a great product idea: recycling discarded garments into new materials for new clothes.

The company had plans to produce 120,000 metric tons of cellulose pulp a year to supply retail brands such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi. In the end, Renewcell was not able to deliver a reasonably priced quality pulp from recycled garments to its customers and filed for bankruptcy.


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Kerecis Reduces Waste By Repurposing Fish Skin

Kerecis, a company in Iceland, has partnered with Iceland Ocean Cluster on a 100% Fish Project with the goal of creating high-value products out of previously wasted parts of the Atlantic Cod.

One such product is turning fish skin into human skin grafts, enabling burn victims to heal and generate new skin. Other products include getting fish oil from fish liver, exporting fish heads to Africa, and making fish leather from fish skin.

The 100% Fish Project fosters innovation, promotes economic development, […]

Taco Bell’s Menu Expansion

Taco Bell plans to add over 25 items to its menu in 2024.

This is in contrast to the company’s more recent strategy of reducing the size of the menu to reduce complexity, and keep service times low.

Additions to the menu include the introduction of the Cantina Chicken menu in March 2024, which includes five items: Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Taco, Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, and Cantina Chicken Bowl. The Cantina Chicken line requires five new ingredients, including […]

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