Ashley, mPharma covers these cost. For each hospital/pharmacy that signs up, the Company provides tablets and the necessary training needed to get the hospitals familiar with the platform
I really like the idea of receiving discounted medications from huge pharmaceutical companies. I think this helps address the cost issue I discussed in my post. So many consumers cannot afford the cost of drugs and the trade-off between buying medications or say food is very legitimate for many consumers. If some of these larger pharmaceuticals would be willing to offer discounted generic drugs to the region, the impact across the continent will be huge. A good friend of mine is one of the early investors in mPharma and sits on the board. I will definitely run this by him as I am interested to find out whether mPharma has explored this opportunity.
Thanks again for the comment!
I think there is a huge opportunity for preventative healthcare. In many parts of Africa, preventative healthcare is slowly gaining a lot of traction: people are going to the gym more often, eating healthier, and trying to follow routine vitamin schedules. Given this and the fact that a huge part of the population is generally oblivious about health, I think that there’s room for another mobile platform that sends workouts to consumers, or merely general health tips etc. I just may need to explore this idea myself.
Interesting read Jeremy! I have never really been a comic book nerd but I am a huge fan of Marvel, specifically Marvel movies. I know that there has been a huge push towards digital but I always thought that part of the comic book experience, was actually collecting hard copies of the comic book. I feel like going digital takes away from this aspect of the comic experience. It looks like the data supports that there is a lot of interest for digital comics but do you think this will be as sustainable as the old model? I feel that digital takes away the rareness aspect that comes with some comics and as a result, I am not sure it will continue to develop the almost cultish following that hard comics so successfully established.
Another excellent post by the greek god! On one end, this technology will significantly reduce cost for shipping and long-haul freight companies not just because trucks will be able to be on the road for longer periods of time but also because of lower legal expenses. A lot of accidents happen on a daily basis because of truck drivers and I’d imagine some of these come with lawsuits. On the flip-side, when this technology is implemented, what happens to the 1.8 million truck drivers, the most common job in 34 states. Given this technology essentially makes their skill-set obsolete, will they be receptive to its implementation or will they fight it as long as they can. Furthermore, will shipping companies want to deal with the negative publicity that comes with firing millions of workers.
Very interesting read! Mercedes has always been a leader in technology and for decades the Company has designed some of the most innovative vehicles on the market. When I think of Mercedes, I think sexy, fast, expensive, stylish, cool, elite, and so on. As a result, I am not surprised that even though they are solving a not so sexy problem, the Vision Van still embodies the core design characteristics of a Mercedes. The best or nothing.
On the surface, this looks like a great idea but I worry that implementation will be very challenging. First, are the regulatory challenges that you addressed in your post. How long will it take for regulators to accept this concept? And even if they do, will the average consumer be receptive to drones flying onto their properties given potential threats (think bombs etc) and just how much this technology disrupts the traditional mailman that has been around for centuries. Lastly, I worry about the mailman, how many jobs will be lost if this technology is successful, will unions be receptive to this?
Interesting post Anton. I would have never guessed that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than cars, trucks, ships and airplanes combined. This is extremely alarming and with demand for meat unlikely to curtail anytime soon, I am even more concerned. However, I am not sure that some of the problems you recommend will address the issue. Diversifying livestock sourcing toward growing livestock in emerging markets will definitely not address the problem. This is merely a short-term fix and it is very likely that the Danish government will impose import taxes to discourage this behavior. In addition, it is only a matter of time for emerging economies to adopt some of the same regulations as those of the first-world. More importantly, this recommendation does not solve the root cause of the problem. I do like your third recommendation which focuses on using technology to find more innovative and environmentally sustainable ways to manufacture meat. Have you heard of any methods implemented by meat manufacturers in other regions that can be leveraged by those in Denmark?
I have lived in the dark, and so unsurprisingly the answer is a definite NO! In Ghana, due to huge discrepancies between the supply and demand for electricity, the Electric Company of Ghana (“ECG”) is forced to ration electricity. A hydroelectric dam built to sustain 5 million people currently powers a country of 26 million. Consumers will either have electricity for 12 hours of the day or 12 hours of the night, and will usually be clueless in regards to the schedule. The problem Colbun faces is huge and it is very inspiring to see that they have been able to implement some steps to address the challenges posed by climate change. I hope Ghana can emulate some of these steps. I am also interested to learn more about how receptive people in Chile have been to the diversifying the energy mix. From your post, it looks like 51% of energy now comes from thermoelectric power plants. What are some of the challenges Chile faced in adopting these other forms of energy? Also, are these other forms of fuel more efficient?
As an adopted Wisconsinite, a state that will be devastated should this happen, I really appreciate this post! It is great to see that ABInBev is making headway in addressing some of the impacts of climate change as it pertains to the industry, but similar to A Scuba Diver, I am also concerned about whether craft brewers can afford to adopt the same strategies. In recent years, the number of microbreweries continues to grow at double digits (https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/small-independent-brewers-continue-grow-double-digits/) and is expected to continuing growing in the years to come. Do you think that some of these smaller brewers can adopt some of the initiatives implemented at ABInBev?
Great post Serrena! McDonalds used to be a top 3 reason to visit the U.S. during my summer vacations as a kid growing up in Ghana. I would shamefully supersize everything. Anyway, on a more serious note, it is great to see that McDonald’s is taking the necessary steps to help mitigate the impact of climate change. Similar to some of the other Panda’s, I think tweaking their menu to offer items that are more sustainable to produce will help address the problem. Though I do not think the average McDonald’s customer cares about where McDonald’s sources its meat and produce, as a leader in the industry, I think it is important that McDonald’s continues to implement environmentally friendly practices not only to prevent disruptions in its supply chain, but to set an example for other players in the industry.
Great post! And extremely relevant given what is at stake tomorrow. What I am struggling with, is do members of the GOP actually believe that climate change is a “hoax” or is this merely a strategy to cater to their supporters aka major oil and gas lobbyist? It is extremely fascinating how far politicians will go to support the general perceptions of their respective parties. In this instance, though Trumps own organization has recognized the impact of climate change and implemented the necessary procedures to mitigate it, he refuses to acknowledge climate change publicly. How far is too far? Given the magnitude of what is at stake for our environment, though I have my reservations, I hope to see the GOP party take a different position in the years to come. Especially, if Trump wins. I’ll be at the polls early tomorrow!