While city dwellers have an advantage when it comes to variety and efficient food delivery, increasingly, those who live in the suburbs and in rural areas are keen to click and eat, too. Platforms and restaurants will need to figure out how to scale up and keep costs down to serve these far-out customers.
To read the article, see “Ordering in: The rapid evolution of food delivery,” September 22, 2021.
A cleaning task that’s out of this world
With space exploration comes space junk. Tens of thousands of proposed satellites could enter orbit if plans come to fruition, where they would join about 27000 pieces of space debris and increase the risk of collisions. Government and other agencies are looking at debris mitigation. Click through the chart to see the amount of debris left in the wake of some of the biggest satellite breakups.
To read the article, see “Look out below: What will happen to the space debris in orbit?,” October 1, 2021.
Leadership roles remain out of reach for many women of colour
Every step of the way, women of color lag behind men and White women on the corporate ladder, leaving them severely underrepresented at the executive level. In 2021, women of color composed just 13 percent of C-suite roles, according to the latest Women in the Workplace study by McKinsey and LeanIn.Org.
To read the article, see “Women in the Workplace 2021,” September 27, 2021.
Meet your new colleague
Robots replacing humans? Not so fast. Today’s technologies are more about augmenting and supplementing humans, not replacing them entirely. Check out the latest edition of McKinsey for Kids and flip through the interactive to learn more about how robots are helping us out in hospitals, hotels, on the road, and more.
To explore the interactive, see “McKinsey for Kids: I, Robot? What technology shifts mean for tomorrow’s jobs,” August 23, 2021.
Exit strategy? Check
In the US alone, more than 15 million workers have quit their jobs since April 2021. We surveyed employers and employees in Australia, Canada, Singapore, the UK, and the US to find out what’s driving this mass exodus. The result? Forty percent of the employee respondents said they are at least somewhat likely to quit in the next three to six months. While these findings were broadly consistent across industries, the leisure and hospitality industry are the most at risk for losing employees.
To read the article, see “‘Great Attrition’ or ‘Great Attraction’? The choice is yours,” September 8, 2021.
To be precise
Smaller US manufacturers have a hard time keeping pace with their bigger brothers. How can they catch up? Our new research suggests that three factors make most of the difference: precision in manufacturing, the ability to handle geometrically complex designs, and throughput speed. Those are the core ingredients of McKinsey’s new Manufacturing Process Innovation Index.
To read the article, see “Manufacturing process innovation for industrials,” September 16, 2021.