Zara – Fast Fashion

Crowd sourcing I’m as fashionable as the selection at Costco allows, but studying innovation as I do, Zara, the Spanish fast fashion retailer, comes up frequently. Zara has over two thousand stores world wide, each gathering vital feedback from customers. Whereas many retail outlets will respond to customer purchase data, Zara goes a step further…

Adidas – Innovative Production

Making running shoes faster Not necessarily making faster running shoes. Adidas brings together components from around the world to make its shoes. Each component may have been around the world having separate steps of manufacturing to it before ending up the final assembly of a running shoe. This process can take up to two months…

River Source Heat Pumps In Scotland

“The refrigeration system makes one end cold and and one end warm.” Dave Pearson, Star Refrigeration This Youtube interview reveals some innovative thinking going into more renewable heating options for Scottish homes. The air conditioning systems we are familiar with in North America typically pump heat out of the building into the ambient air, so…

Kickstarter Project: Heated Down Jacket

Incredible response This Kickstarter project received $1,330,293 in pledges and 6,480 backers, far exceeding its original goal of $100,000. ┬áThe product The primary innovations here are the merging (Principle 5 – Merging) of a down jacket with a battery-operated heating system. Principle 6 – Universality is also at play, as the same battery can be…

Apollo 13 – Finest Hour

Lunar lifeboat An electrical short in an oxygen tank caused an explosion in Apollo 13’s service module. This cylindrical module was tipped with the command module, the bell-shaped capsule that plunged through the atmosphere to return astronauts to earth. Docked to the top of the command module was the lunar module with its spindly landing…