5 Innovations in 5 Years

At RKS we move people into the future of their business by understanding the past and present to define future trajectories and trends. IBM has released its five innovations that will change our lives in five years, and this is why we feel they are right.

For years people have been concerned with the growing population and how that will impact food and water in the future. We worked with Life Technologies almost a decade ago to develop the first DNA sequencer that can yield results in two hours. In our ethnographic research, we discovered that these professionals believed their advancements in technology in the DNA category was going to shape the future of food and health. Today these tools are used to develop databases that can tell us which microbiomes are safe for people to consume to ensure that our food is safe and healthy.

Big data has been leveraged across the globe for various markets. Now scientists are defining how to leverage this data to provide meaningful information and insights on how the environment, soil, weather, and equipment will advance farming to ensure food for everyone. A significant problem beyond the growing population is the fact that a third of food is wasted each year. That is why RKS partnered with FreshRealm to develop a reusable meal kit delivery system that enables fresh food to your doorstep in days rather than weeks to reduce spoilage. And that is why we continue to work with them and Kroger to leverage AI and BlockChain technology to learn what foods customers want to reduce the amount of waste from spoilage.

Our team has been working closely with startups like Aernos to develop solutions leveraging thei Nano-Sensor technology to analyze the air for dangerous gasses that may impact our health and continue to work with companies like 3M to define how to best leverage their sensor technology and capabilities in the market. Virtual Reality and 3D Printing have been around since the ’80s and have only been pushed into mainstream media because of the reduced cost and increased accessibility to the general population. IBM is predicting that sensors will become as ubiquitous as these technologies as the prices come down and will enable people to measure dangerous bacteria in our foods.

Much of our efforts go into sustainability at RKS. Internally we have reduced our footprint and office space to become more efficient, integrated solar power into our building, and provided electric car charging at our facility. With our partners, we continue to work with Amazon to reduce the use of packaging waste and increase sustainable packaging efforts to decrease the massive issues caused by e-commerce shipping. We work with a global kids toy brand to eliminate the use of single-use plastics in their packaging and continue to explore the future of a more circular economy. And we even work closely with Eastman and Weyerhaeuser to develop new sustainable plastic materials. IBM and others continue to identify new processes that will enable the reuse of plastic to stop the massive amounts of waste that end up in the ocean or being burned which has a detrimental impact on the environment.

Over the last 39 years, we continue to work with our partners to understand how to grow their business leveraging our P/A methodology. Our team of movement makers continues to define the future.