Product Innovation

Sun Chips Makes Some Noise

Ooh. Lots of angst in the past few days about Frito-Lay’s announcement that it’s killing (OK, significantly cutting back) its Sun Chips 100% compostable packaging because consumers complained about the noise. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The racket clocked in at around 95 decibels, louder than a lawnmower, a coffee grinder, or certain breeds of dog barking in your ...

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Innovation Challenge – When should a product die?

All companies – whether they make cars, electronics, software, etc. – know that there is only so much new life that they can breathe into their existing products by introducing new improved versions. Ultimately any product will reach the end of its life, and a brand new one will have to be launched in its stead. The critical question is: ...

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Old Invention Transformed into an Innovation

In 1960, Corning Incorporated, the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, launched “Project Muscle” to find a glass as strong as steel. The project was a success. According to the Associated Press (AP), in 1964, “Corning devised an ingenious method called ‘fusion draw’ to make super-thin, unvarying flat glass.” They called the glass “Chemcor™.” But, “Project Muscle” was also ...

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Eat More Innovation

Are you willing to crawl through the mud for innovation? by Holly G. Green Have you seen the new HBO made-for-TV movie called “Temple Grandin?” It’s a powerful story about a woman, Temple Grandin, who overcame autism to become one of the most influential figures in today’s livestock and animal husbandry industry. Not only is Temple’s story a testament to ...

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Basically Anything Can Be Innovated

In a recent post, Four Quadrants of Innovation, I described one type of innovation as leveraging existing technologies, serving existing customers. In popular culture, this type of innovation is… well, frankly it’s boring. No cool new advances, no new stuff you haven’t tried before. But what is compelling about this type of innovation is how well it fits Clayton Christensen’s ...

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Innovation Perspectives – Packaging Up Innovation

This is the sixth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on ‘What product or sector is in desperate need of innovation?‘. Here is the next perspective in the series: by Adam Schorr While recent years have been a boon for innovation in various industries such as consumer electronics and ...

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Innovation Can't Wait

One of my partners, an electrical engineer, let out a loud cry a few minutes ago. He was responding to an article I sent him about a new electical gizmo that monitors eletrical usage in the home. He was upset because he came up with a very similar idea about a year ago, but he assumed it was safe to ...

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Innovating the Hockey Stick

Ice hockey is big business. But it lags behind other professional sports – soccer, football, baseball, and basketball. As with all industries, the key to growth is innovation. Equipment manufacturers such as Reebok are taking this seriously with the creation of the Hockey Research and Innovation Center. In this month’s LAB, we will focus on the equipment side of hockey, ...

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Innovation Convergence

by Stephen Shapiro I never really thought much about toothpaste. But at the last two innovation conferences where I spoke, toothpaste was one of the hot topics. At the FT Innovate conference in London, Unilever discussed their “Signal White Now” (and other brands) toothpaste. Instead of using harsh bleaches and abrasives, they borrowed an optical-effect technology from their laundry team. ...

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Are you crimping your innovation funnel?

New Product Development Requires Fresh Perspective on ‘Creative’ and ‘Structure’ by Robert F. Brands New product development can be a misunderstood concept. Is the “product” actually a product? Or can it be a process? Is it a mandate from the C Suite? Or can it be a suggestion from the factory floor, the retail showroom, the Idea Box or a ...

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