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On November 20, 2016, MIM commented on Flexport – Bringing Sexy Back…Not :

As King mentions above, this sounds a lot like what Li & Fung was hoping to implement for the retail world! Clearly the advancement of the internet and cloud technology has helped bring the value of the digital intermediary to life. Is Flexport focusing on any specific industries? How much information does a customer need to share with Flexport in order to achieve the best route? Does Flexport split and batch orders like Li & Fung was proposing – especially considering the fact that they are helping smaller manufacturers and start ups enter the market?

On November 20, 2016, MIM commented on Weathering the Digital Transition – Rehire Al Roker :

The entertainment value of TWC’s programming is certainly one way for them to maintain success! I was initially surprised to learn that TWC sold their B2B area to IBM as this seemed like a valuable offering to businesses in need of accurate, live weather information. Coming from a company that operated plants 24/7 in the Gulf Coast the importance of accurate weather forecasts during hurricane season was paramount. From that perspective I would imagine companies would be very willing to invest in these types of weather service offerings. However after thinking a bit further, the more real-time data becomes available to normal consumers through apps and streaming services the more I can see the price of the B2B offerings starting to fall.

On November 20, 2016, MIM commented on Whirlpool: Are these the appliances of your dreams? :

I struggle to see what the IoT data will tell Whirlpool about consumer preferences that is not already known. These types of appliances have been around for years and I would imagine that customer preferences are already well known. One area that I think the Nest thermostat shows a clear advantage from being cloud connected over Whirlpool’s appliances is in energy savings. According to their website “on average the Nest Thermostat saved 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, we’ve estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year.” Whirlpool should focus on ways to make its cloud connected appliances capable of learning how to reduce energy usage which will make them more appealing to consumers that want to save money and live more sustainable lives.


On November 20, 2016, MIM commented on Are Smart Stadiums the Future of Live Sports? :

I definitely agree that Barclays Center should try and use their technological infrastructure advantage to differentiate the in stadium experience from the at home experience to make the stadium experience the fan’s preference. One area that I think they could also differentiate themselves is between the other competing sports arenas. Barclays clearly has an advantage over neighboring stadiums with their wifi infrastructure and the ability to order food for pick up without waiting in line. New York City has a large market of casual sports fans that Barclays should try and leverage to bring in fans for the unique, high-tech experience they won’t find elsewhere.

On November 20, 2016, MIM commented on 3Derm: A Dermatology Triage System :

I also wrote about how the healthcare industry is becoming more digitized and I definitely agree with the sentiment that barriers between states and between competing digital providers need to be overcome to get the true benefits of these new networks. The more information that can be shared digitally (in a safe and privacy protected way) the more the patients and hospitals/doctors will realize the benefits of these new services.

One questions I had about 3Derm’s services is if dermatologists offices need to invest in any additional equipment in order to receive and analyze the preliminary results? It seems clear that the PCP’s need to invest in this equipment so I am curious how these costs are allocated between the different parties that are involved.

Great connection from the sustainable supply chain all way to the consumer caring about environmentalism! It seems like a pretty lofty goal for General Mills to commit to 100% sustainable sources for their 10 priority ingredients. I wonder if they will be able to maintain a similar price of supply or even find enough sources that meet those criteria?

This is a really creative perspective on the connections between climate change and the healthcare industry. I especially like the description of how PCP’s can relate climate change initiatives to the benefits of quitting smoking. A couple questions came to mind while reading this post. First, how does Partner’s relationship with the PCP’s work in terms of implementing sustainability efforts? I know Partner’s is closely tied to the infrastructure decisions of the major hospitals, but do they get involved down to the granular level of each PCP’s office? Also, Boston is no stranger to extreme weather events, even before the amplification of storms caused by climate change. In the past when Boston was hit with a massive snow storm how would older, less technologically advanced hospitals deal with having to operate in island mode?

Really interesting perspective on how companies are actually taking advantage of the new global landscape brought about by climate change. I am also very curious as to why the number of ships using the NSR passage has been decreasing so significantly from 2013 to 2015. Have there been any safety concerns with transporting large amounts of very flammable LNG through a passage way that is so far from the rest of civilization? I would imagine that the response time of outside resources to come help a ship deal with an LNG leak would be extremely slow and maybe a near miss accident led to the decrease in usage.

I agree that improving the efficiency and profitability of current oil production operations is a great way to increase cash to invest in changes to help climate change; however, I think at some point policies will end up limiting emissions so much that it will force oil companies to cap their production. At that point it seems like it would be more in Aramco’s best interest to have invested in alternative energy to be diversified as opposed to investing in ways to increase oil prices.

On November 6, 2016, MIM commented on Global Climate Change: Should we really be “wine”-ing? :

Great perspective on how climate change and drought could truly change the wines we drink from California. The use of targeted irrigation is a great technological adaptation; however, I am curious what type of data the satellites are collecting? Is this data beyond normal historical weather data? Also how are they using this satellite data to their benefit?