Posts Tagged ‘queues’

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    A Command Economy: Playing the Game

    May 9, 13 • 1883 Views • No Comments

    Queue is now a game. But not always. In Poland, during the 1970s, you might have taken an hour or two off from work, rotating with a brother or sister, to stand in line. Everyone could have been waiting for a pair of shoes but if a shampoo were available, you......  [read more]

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    Standing In Line

    Apr 15, 12 • 613 Views • No Comments

    Walking along 56th Street in NYC, maybe a half block before 5th Avenue, I always see people on line. (New Yorkers say on line. Almost everyone else says in line.) They are waiting to enter Abercrombie & Fitch. Usually we associate an economic cost with a......  [read more]

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    Speedy Airplane Boarding

    Aug 23, 11 • 457 Views • 1 Comment

    Closely connected to an airline’s bottom line, speedy boarding means more efficiency. Here you can see the following alternative boarding strategies in action. Front to back: Least popular. Early boarders block those who follow them. Back to Front Very......  [read more]

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    More About Lines

    Aug 13, 10 • 545 Views • 3 Comments

    Next time you are in Starbucks, check how long you stood in line. They care. To save 14 seconds, for example, Starbucks designed a larger ice scoop which baristas could use for one dip instead of 2. Still though, in a “mystery shopper” survey of......  [read more]

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    Waiting In Line

    Aug 12, 10 • 395 Views • No Comments

    During August evenings in Nantucket, the lines are long at the Juice Bar. Outside each of two doors is a line stretching along the sidewalk. Once you enter the doors into the shop, you can select among (sort of) 6 lines to get to the counter and order......  [read more]