Thanks for the post Ricardo! I had no idea that companies like Mercedes are working on such projects! I knew that Mercedes had a commercial vehicle arm but the idea of adding features that would make the use of Mercedes vehicles more attractive for delivery workers is quite an extraordinary implementation of some of the stuff we have learnt in TOM. I do see the regulatory challenges you mentioned in your post. It’s not so much that the government will not adapt, they will eventually. The question is how long will they take to update their rulebooks!
Interesting article Sir! I see what you mean when you you say that the tech is the easy part of IoT, the execution not so much. Getting hands on some exciting technology makes us forget that the technology cannot become the central theme of the product being sold. It may be too early to ask but do you have any ideas as to how Macy’s could have implemented this better? Or maybe it was a tech that didn’t belong at Macy’s in the first place!
Whatsapp has been revolutionary in India too! It is interesting to read some of the similar effects of whatsapp in Brazil.
India had some of the lowest mobile phone tariffs in the world and whatsapp forced telecom companies to go even lower.The telecom companies are shifting from voice-call plans towards the internet data centric plans.
Whatsapp has changed the way the Sales teams communicated amongst themselves and with their clients.
However, it is not as common to use whatsapp in US. I wonder what was the difference during the initial launch which made the popularity of whatsapp vary by country.
Personally I find this topic very fascinating and have been mulling over it for quite some time now. I really do feel that the healthcare access systems are very antiquated! Till this date we rely on word of mouth to find a good doctor in our city or just open the website of the nearest clinic and choose the appointment which is most easily available. I agree with your concerns over regulatory scrutiny and privacy. However, I have also experienced that it is a challenge to get the doctors to maintain health records. It has been implemented in some countries but with limited success. Practo will have to come up with an innovative solution to really capture the health records to really take this solution to the next level.
Derek it was an interesting read. I really like your suggestions in the end.
I would like to add that as consumers increasingly become dependent upon the E-commerce platforms, the ecommerce platforms should also start altering consumer behaviors when it comes to making eco-friendly decisions. After all they have proliferated the consumption needs of people.
I remember the number of times I have ordered multiple small orders instead of consolidating my orders.
In some cases, the urgency of the product may not allow such consolidation. But maybe it is time that each customer makes an educated purchase and be made aware of the carbon footprint of each order.
Quite interesting article! I know the assignment was to write about the upsides and downsides of the climate change but quite honestly, it did not even strike me that there could be an upside to the wine industry.
Anyway, I really think that solar energy has a long way to go before it meets its full potential. But it’s heartening to see small manufacturers like Frogs Leap Winery adopting solar energy in the way that they are.
I would like to see some of the bigger businesses do their part too.
Maybe we, as consumers should do our part and reward the small businesses for their good practices by making eco-conscious purchase decisions.
Thank you for challenging Harvard to do more! I cannot even count the number of times I have thought to myself, Why are wasting so many resources? In addition to the points mentioned in your article, I also think that we are extremely liberal with our use of paper; Our use of electricity; Our use of disposables. Now there is some probability everything here may all be “recyclable”, “renewable” and “compostable” (quite unlikely). But it does get us used to a lifestyle where we stop questioning the abundance of resources. A simple example – I was quite surprised to find that my HUH apartment was not insulated. Of course there is unlimited heating to keep me warm but I challenge them on their suggestions that I “arrange large furniture against outside walls to provide insulation against infiltration of cold air”!
I enjoyed reading the article and contributions that Cargill has made towards saving the Amazon. While reading, it did strike me though that companies as old and as BIG as Cargill should be doing more. Not only should they be focused on reducing energy costs but attempting to shift to clean energy completely. I agree with what you say about their Minnesota HQ. My question however is, should their target be to just reduce the emissions by 25% or should they be targeting 100% renewable energy building/business.
It is really an irony that the nations that have least contributed to the global warming are the ones having to pay for it the most.
It is amazing to see that Maldives is doing more than just protecting their Coral Reefs like investing in clean energy.
I would like to think that there is hope for these nations and that they are not just fighting a losing battle – After all the Paris Agreement came into force on 4th Nov 2016, thirty days after countries accounting for at least 55% of the greenhouse emissions ratified the agreement.
On the other hand, what the Paris agreement promises to achieve and eventually ends up achieving may not be enough to save countries like Maldives.
I don’t know the answer to that one, what I do know is that Maldives is now higher on my bucket list than it was before (which unfortunately also adds to the global warming!)