From Grocery Carts to Robot Armies

Looking at grocery store history, we can identify two huge innovations and ask if robot pickers are a third milestone.

How to Increase a Woman’s Productivity at Work

Starting with a woman’s work productivity and then moving to U.S. productivity, we can see that even temperature makes a difference.

Hamburger Productivity

To understand what factor productivity involves and its slowdown, we can combine statistical history with examples that include McDonald’s early history.

How and why does UPS get my package to me so fast?

Occasionally, I have asked the UPS man who is always so gracious to wait a moment at my front door while I go to the kitchen. Taking a minute or so, I grab an apple for him. In a Planet Money interview,…