Source: Fast Company - By Mark Wilson
Starbucks has announced a store that’s more than twice as large as any Starbucks that has come before—a roastery that will open in Chicago in 2019.
Starbucks opened its first store of this type in Seattle in 2015. Built to roast beans on site, it was then the world’s biggest Starbucks.
Source: Fast Company - By Meg Miller
Imagine that you could print a tabletop in a matter of minutes, faster than an Ikea product comes down the assembly line. What would that technology look like? And how would it change the processes of mass manufacturing furniture?
Source: Financial Times - By Hannah Kuchler
Having disrupted the world, the tech community now wants to prepare children for their new place in it. Leading venture capitalist Marc Andreessen predicts a future with two types of job: people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told what to do by computers.
Source: Financial Times - By Sarah Neville
A new generation of companies is using big data, sensors and artificial intelligence to provide precise real-time monitoring of patients, especially those suffering from conditions such as diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which are imposing a daunting burden on overstretched health budgets.
Source: Fast Company - By Jeef Beer
Back in October Nike launched the Nike Ease Challenge, an open call to designers, engineers, athletes and everyone else to create a winning shoe design for $50,000 and the chance to see their design come to life.
Source: Quartz - By: Marc Bain
Standard operating procedure in the apparel industry goes like this: Make clothes, and then sell them. It can take weeks, if not months, to manufacture clothes, so that step has to come first. It can be a costly upfront investment, and items that don’t sell get discounted, eating into margins.
Source: Quartz - By: Chase Purdy
The modern food movement has brought us to a fork in the road. On one path are people who say it is enough to eat the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring from the earth, the other vision prescribes that the best diet is one that is predetermined for us.
Source: Fast Company - By: Mickey Rapkin
McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc once said of his restaurants, "We’re not in the hamburger business, we’re in show business." That is perhaps the one thing he and the millennial founders of the fast-growing locavore salad chain Sweetgreen might agree on.
Source: Inc. - By: Helena Ball
MISFIT Juicery, a brand that uses "ugly" and leftover produce in its juices to combat food waste, will join the program in October. Earlier this year MISFIT was honored as one of Inc.'s 2016 Coolest College Startups.
Source: Fast Company - By Elizabeth Segran
Once aspirational, companies like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger have lost their luster, while innovative new brands are shining bright.
Source: TechCrunch - By Tom Goodwin
Users, subscribers, growth, global expansion, minimal marginal costs, the promise of future success; this all sounds a bit like the verbiage of a tech company — and that’s because the industry has fallen in love with the idea that every trendy fast-growing company is a tech company.
Source: The New York Times - By Steven Kurutz
After nine years of teaching their secrets to future Google product managers and start-up wunderkinds, Mr. Burnett and Mr. Evans are opening up the curriculum to everyone. “What do I want to be when I grow up?” and “Am I living a meaningful life?” aren’t only subjects for late-night pot-fueled dorm hangouts, the men said.
Source: Inc.com - By Salvador Rodriguez
What you might not realize is that Philz Coffee, which indeed was at one point a family-owned shop, is now a quickly growing medium-sized business in the midst of a national expansion. This is why on Tuesday the company announced that it has raised $45 million as part of its latest round of venture capital funding.
Source: The Telegraph - By Victoria Moore
Château Changyu-Moser XV bears his name. This is the sort of crazy thing that happens when you get involved with China’s oldest, biggest (and clearly very solvent) wine producer. “At first I didn’t take them seriously,” says the consultant, marketer and winemaker. “Then I saw this enormous construction site. I was slightly overwhelmed.”
Source: Monocle - By Nolan Giles
Maison Marou, the brand’s factory-cum-chocolatier in Ho Chi Minh City, is the proof in the pudding. Opened in May, it features a miniature replica of Marou’s production facility, which has sat on the outskirts of town since 2011. The shop’s aim is to show off the complex chocolate-making process to customers.
Source: Harvard Business Review - by Frank van den Driest, Stan Sthanunathan, Keith Weed
Operational skill used to confer long-term advantage. If you had leaner manufacturing, made higher-quality products, or had superior distribution, you could outrun competitors. But today those capabilities are table stakes. The new source of competitive advantage is customer centricity: deeply understanding your customers’ needs and fulfilling them better than anyone else.