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What information is relevant when deciding whether to laser tattoo fruits and vegetables instead of using paper or plastic stickers?

Every piece of fruit and vegetables sold in U.S. grocery stores has a small sticker on it. These stickers include food type, origin, and whether it was grown organically. Laser Food is a company based in Spain that makes laser marking machines. These Laser Mark machines tattoo every piece of fruit and vegetable with identifying […]

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What information and tools would Delta Air have used when it decided to invest in an RFID-based luggage tracking system for preventing lost bags?

On average, it costs an airline $70 to get a lost bag back to its owner. The airline industry as a whole lost $2.3 billion to mishandled luggage in 2015. Currently, when you check at bag with an airline, a barcode sticker is printed out and stuck on your bag.  On a good day, only […]

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What managerial accounting tools could be used by Giant Eagle to evaluate whether it should put refrigerator doors in its dairy section?

Giant Eagle is a grocery store chain with stores located in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Recently, it installed refrigerator doors on the dairy section in many of its stores. Previously, the dairy section was refrigerated but had no doors. The refrigerator doors will reportedly use 78% less energy than the amount of […]

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What would the payback period be for a robotic arm used by McDonald’s for food preparation?

A variety of robots were featured at the 2016 National Restaurant Show that could be used for a variety of tasks in restaurants. These robots are being introduced at the same time that we are experiencing an on-going debate in the U.S. about the merits of a national minimum wage of $15 per hour for […]

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What costs would be relevant when Amazon considers whether to operate its own cargo freight service?

Since its inception, Amazon has relied on third-party shippers, such as UPS and FedEx.  In 2013, Amazon experienced a wave of last-minute orders and bad weather left UPS and other shippers unable to deliver Amazon’s packages.  Amazon issued apologies and $20 gift cards to customers, but its reputation suffered from the unhappy customers who were […]

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What is the NPV of Applebee’s investment in tableside tablets for its restaurants?

At Applebee’s, Presto tablets by E la Carte are being installed at every table. In total, Applebee’s will be purchasing 100,000 tablets. Customers will be able to pay their food bill and order appetizers and desserts using the tablets.  The tablets are not replacing wait staff; wait staff will still take the orders for entrees.  […]

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Should you rent a cable modem from Time Warner Cable or buy one?

When you have internet service from Time Warner Cable, you will need a cable modem.  Time Warner will rent you a modem for $5.99 per month.  Alternatively, you could purchase your own cable modem.  For example, you could purchase the Motorola Surfboard SB6121 cable modem from Amazon for $79.99. Questions What is the payback period […]

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How does Washington Township analyze its potential equipment purchases?

Washington Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, operates a Transfer Station and Recycle Center that individuals and businesses can use to recycle a variety of items, including electronics, bottles, and cardboard. At the township’s Transfer Station and Recycle Center, a baler is used to compress and bale certain recyclable items for transport.  Typically, balers might produce […]

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