Mykola Petrenko

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On December 1, 2017, Mykola Petrenko commented on The Bees are Dying! :

Super interesting. As an avid guacamole fan, I do not see queso cannibalizing sales to the extent that Chipotle hopes it will. I wonder if companies like Chipotle will start vertically integrating their supply chain and acquiring bee farm companies that will enable them to take drastic measures to protect beloved foods like avocados. To me, it seems like Chipotle and other such companies could play a big role in preserving bees if they decide to make cost preservation of avocados a priority. It may also increase their value proposition as they could tell consumers that they not only source locally, but take steps to ensure foods can be sourced locally!

On December 1, 2017, Mykola Petrenko commented on Could a Srirachapocalype be on the Horizon? :

When I think of a Srirachapocalypse, I think of mass riots in the streets, so this is definitely something I hope the company’s management is addressing! When they are trying to source from other locations, I wonder about how the competition will respond, as other companies scramble to find quality jalepenos to meet their demand – will there be price wars? Will there be enough jalepenos to go around? Will they have to increase the price of Sriracha to the point they would lose a significant amount of consumers? I think their best solution is to be proactively acquiring locations that will not be affected! Great read!

On December 1, 2017, Mykola Petrenko commented on Taking a Bite out of Apple: Fighting the Tides of Isolationism :

Chris, I immediately had to check the bottom of my own Mac and felt embarrassed that I was so ignorant of this topic. I find it very interesting to consider the implications if we do become more isolationist. When considering the idea of globalization as a Pandora’s box, I agree to a certain extent – I do not foresee a massive reversal, especially because of all the stakeholders it would hurt. However, I could see geo-politics playing out that could significantly sour a bilateral relationship that could also affect Apple’s ability to source from certain locations or have access to certain raw materials. It would undoubtedly be a nightmare for their management and require some creative solutions to overcome shortfalls!

On December 1, 2017, Mykola Petrenko commented on How Adidas is Utilizing Industry 4.0 to Reduce Time to Market :

Great work, Sarah. I really like your point about the impact on jobs – 3d printing and this whole supply chain would completely change this industry. I also think about the irony of no humans being involved in a product that people are so passionate about and especially athletes love to be involved with. I wonder how much in this supply process creators/designers of the shoes could be automated as consumers could feasibly become a direct input into the product or the factories rely on big data.

On December 1, 2017, Mykola Petrenko commented on Military Technology, Conflict Minerals, and the Risks of International Segmentation :

Damir – super interesting. As someone who has used FLIR technologies, I was surprised to hear some of the ethical constraints, thought I was familiar with the regulatory ones. To me one of the interesting things considering the sensitivity of the technology is where they will be able to vertically integrate. For example, as opposed to a country like the DRC, what if parts were sourced from a different country that was willing to sell the raw materials (and expose the technology) to many countries, thus potentially risking a wider spread of the technology? Would the US allow a defense tech company to source from such a location?

On December 1, 2017, Mykola Petrenko commented on Blood Donations in a Digital Age :

Hey Pratik – Great topic, and one that hits close to home due to my time in the military. I have never heard of this app, which I find surprising (and also concerning from the ARC standpoint). Most specifically, I am curious how the ARC could potentially get internationals around the world to use the app. Because the Red Cross is one of the first responders to many humanitarian crises around the world, I wonder if/how they will be able disseminate the app quickly to locals to both seek help and give it. It would also help solve the supply chain challenge of transporting blood to hard-to-access locations of the world. I hope they can find a way!