In 2021, COVID exposed significant risks associated with our modern logistics and the sourcing practices of our domestic original equipment and consumer product manufacturers. Today’s supply chains are complex, global systems designed to access the lowest-cost, often offshore suppliers. Predictions for 2022 are that supply chains will continue to be challenged. At the same time, Steve McManus sees positive signs for U.S. manufacturing and domestic supply chains.
As scientists and innovation advisors, we weigh consumer perceptions and fears about health effects of emerging contaminants, not only with the science and actual risk but also with our concerns as parents. This was the case with earlier work on perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
Are you a global consumer goods company that wants to understand which water and oil repellent coating technologies are safe for people and the environment? In recent work, a client was considering transitioning their products from long-chain to shorter-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). We provided an independent review of the science. which compelled our client to consider a safer alternative.
It’s challenging to destroy PFAS compounds using currently available technology options. We work with organizations to help them adjust operations to respond. When our client was considering funding the development and commercialization of an early-stage PFAS-destruction process, we helped them make the right investment decisions.
Consumer interest in environmentally friendly agriculture is growing. So, too, is the regenerative agriculture movement. We help organizations give substance to their sustainability practices, including advancing regenerative agriculture. Learn more.
There’s growing concern that some chemicals in fast-moving consumer goods may have negative environmental and health impacts. Learn how we help clients identify and reduce or eliminate potentially harmful substances in their products, supply chains, and operations.
As innovation consultants, we stay current on trends that impact our clients. Fermentation is one trend that’s prevalent of late in the food and beverage industry. We hep clients understand this fast-moving, dynamic, disruptive space. Learn how.
Recycling is an industry in crisis. A broken recycling system is contributing to the plastic waste problem. We need a systems approach to revitalize plastic recycling. Read about our work in plastic recycling.
In our work advising on new technologies and ingredients for suncare products, we see three trends impacting the category. Learn more.
We helped a manufacturer of antimicrobial technology uncover growth opportunities. Learn more.
Our medtech client was interested in growth areas. We helped them understand if there was an opportunity to develop the next generation of ventilation.
Strategic foresight is disciplined approach to exploring alternate futures. The approach helps organizations identify growth opportunities and increases organizational resilience. And, it is best suited to longer time horizons when there are high levels of uncertainty.