innovation

C-Suite Q&A with Keith Bethel, Aramark’s Chief Growth Officer

Preface: Unlike start-ups with a handful of employees, how can Fortune 500 firms build a culture of continuous innovation with employees spread around the globe? In this C-Suite Q&A, Keith Bethel, Aramark’s Chief Growth Officer, explains how Aramark‘s innovation culture drives revenue growth and job creation. Q. With approximately 270,000 Aramark global associates, how can […]

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The Trick Behind the “Innovation” of Apple Products

FYI, the “trick” referred to in the title is at the bottom of the article if you want to skip the intro. Just figured I’d set the stage first. So, with that being said… Cue the lights. It’s time to put on your black turtlenecks and black jeans. You should leave your belts at home, […]

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Hershey and Uber spread the (brand) love

Innovation or bust.  At least that’s what it seems like nowadays. Spreading the Love, on an Uber Level This may be old news, but I recently read of a partnership that Uber has been exploring with The Hershey Company.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The ride-sharing platform has become a distributor of chocolate. Before I […]

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NRF 2016 – what was hot and what was not

Well NRF 2016 is over, and I managed to escape from New York just before the snow arrived (link). For those of you that don’t know what NRF is, it is the annual National Retail Federation conference held in New York and it attracts over 20,000 people each year (NRF). Depending on your temperament it’s […]

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Creating stunning dishes using global recipe intelligence

There are many pleasures in my work, but spending a day with thought leaders on trends, food technologists, chocolatiers, award winning gin-makers, trend creating restaurateurs (from Ceviche in London) and food writers such as Niki Segnit (author of the Flavour Thesaurus) and Jenny Linford (1001 Restaurants You Must Experience before You Die) is one of […]

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After the event: Sustainable Innovation 2015

All eyes are on Paris for COP21 (http://www.cop21paris.org/), but there was an smaller, but equally impressive event held in the UK that foreshadowed many of the important themes that affect the world and our industry.   You may not know this, but one of the the longest running sustainability conferences is organised by the University […]

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26 innovations by 26 innovative women. A great view of some great innovators!

It’s no secret that there’s a need for more women in technology. In fact, women comprised just 26% of employees in certain tech-related fields in 2013. So to inspire more women to join the tech ranks, we’re showcasing 26 innovations by 26 innovative women. Innovation 26X26 is just a taste of what’s possible for women […]

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Do Brand Enthusiasts Care About Black Friday / Cyber Monday?

Interesting question, eh? The long Thanksgiving weekend in the US sure does generate some interesting statistics.  A few from this year:   online sales up 17% from last year as of Sunday; around 30% of online sales from mobile devices etc (more here).  Impressive, but there is always more than one side to a story. What […]

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Internet of Things, Smart Clothing, Smart Packaging and The Consumer Experience

Over the past three years, the Internet of Things has become one of the hottest topics in the consumer product industry, especially around wearable devices (smart watches, fitness bands, medical accessories) and intelligent vending systems (Coke Freestyle and Pepsi Spire) but not as much in the clothing and product packaging domains.  Part a function of […]

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CEO: 5 questions CPG and Retail companies should ask to innovate more strategically

Some recent findings from a couple studies show that out of “700 companies, only 25% of managers think their organizations are competent at both strategy and innovation.”  My guess is that many of those 25% may be somewhat optimistic.  This is seemingly a very basic topic, however we are finding that most CPG and retail […]

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5 Innovations in the next 5 years: 1) Buying CPG at local retailer will beat online

The “5 in 5” innovations that will change our lives in five years has been published here. The technology trends will move us back to brick and mortar—but with a difference. In the future, CPG brands and merchants will layer increasing levels of engagement and personalization on top of the shopping experience, ultimately merging the […]

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Still Today, up to 40% of all food is wasted around the globe. CPG & Retail are attacking this head-on!

While millions go hungry around the world, huge amounts of good food are not reaching those in need.  That food is going to waste in many developed areas of the planet.  There are some great efforts underway right now to address this challenge.  many are highlighted in this new article on IBM.com.  Please share your […]

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