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On December 1, 2017, SR commented on Coca-Cola’s Vending Machines Get Smart :

Woah! Super cool article. This is technology I wasn’t aware about. To address your question at the end..absolutely! I think AI technology is going to revolutionize how CPG companies supply their products. To have technology that helps you optimize supply on Coco Cola’s side but also have real time data on demand and understand customer behavior – that’s a win/win situation. Looking at our beer game challenge though I question if demand insights directly for the customer will truly help. However, they will surely see large efficiencies on the supply side.

On December 1, 2017, SR commented on Blue Bottle Coffee: Riding the “Third Wave” :

Love blue bottle!!

As the company scales I question the ability of a larger organization to be able to maintain rigorous environmental standards. Starbucks also started with the some of the same corporate initiatives. With scale, comes the need to increase volumes at a faster and at larger pace. I think Blue Bottle will face tough challenges in maintaining a large supply while also maintaining their environmental standards. While it is possible to do both with some level of efficiency, it will all depend on the scalability of Blue Bottle, especially now that Nestle is invested as well.

Great writing. I think Zara is a prime example of an industry shift within fashion and the need to manufacture, distribute, and deliver at a much faster rate than ever before. Regarding your question at the end, I believe customers are definitely moving more towards wanting more customized products. When we think about what value a supply-chain model can provide to a customer, it is the ability to bring a product that is truly personalized. This delivers on customer promise because of the optimization of an efficient supply-chain. With companies like Amazon and Zara, and rising customer expectations, we will only see more of this model.

Very-well written! As we all discussed in class self-driving vehicles will revolutionize travel for the coming generations. The most interesting aspect to me regarding this topic is to understand who will bare the risk of capital expenditures. I think it is safe to presume it will be car manufacturers. However, I think it poses an interesting option for Uber and other companies to evaluate such an opportunity. First-mover advantage is going to be significant for the company/companies that form a partnership to set the industry norm. It’s hard to imagine what we would do today without Uber or Lyft. Similarly, the future with self-driving vehicles presents increased efficiencies on all aspects of traveling quicker, faster, and more often.

Very interesting take on how Facebook, which was first developed to serve as a social platform, is transforming supply chain across all consumer goods and other industries. I think the platform is most inherently biased towards larger business that have the ability to advertise. Regarding small to mid-size companies and their reach to able to collaborate with Facebook – I believe this is almost an inevitable future. The best example is social media platforms such as snapchat or even facebook introducing the ability to send and receive money. I think the momentum is already building to be able make Facebook a marketplace.

On December 1, 2017, SR commented on A Perfect Fit: 3D Printing Custom Medical Devices :

Very interesting article. 3D printing is most definitely significantly going to alter the supply-chain systems within the med-device industry. From efficiencies in prototyping, product-improvements, and new technology platforms this alters how we think about new product development in healthcare. Regulations are once thing I would be worried about especially with high-risk medical devices. It is curious to think about how in an already strict environment if processes will become more difficult. The FDA will have many new policies coming they’re way.