The Bob Barker Company is developing one of their latest innovative products. They are currently working with NC State’s engineering program on a new kitchen cart (other possible projects include razors, shoes, mattresses, and others). They would like to combine the two university’s projects to have a full project (NC State does the engineering of a new design and we do the business model/justification side). Our class is based around, what else, Design Thinking so we will do our own version of a cart. However, we will focus a good deal on the marketplace side so we can deliver to the Bob Barker Company what they are hoping to receive.
"Bob Barker Company, Inc. ... offer[s] the largest inventory of detention and institutional supplies in the country to federal, state, and local government agencies and selected businesses." Product areas include: Health/Personal Care, Clothing & Accessories, Footwear, Recreation, Mattress/Bedding, Home Textile, Janitorial, Food Services, Security Equipment & Supplies, Furnishing, Technology & Electronics, Logistics, Services. (website)
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