How a Smart Coffee Lid Design Can Simplify and Reduce Inventory Waste
The obvious feature is it's use of both pull-back tab and straw openings. This lid can be used for topping hot and cold beverages. Not so obvious, however, is the size of the lid and it's interaction with cups of various sizes for hot and cold beverages. The lid fits on 8oz, 12oz and 16oz cups.
While seemingly simple, this lid along with its associated cups, have enabled all sorts of opportunities to eliminate waste.
There is no need to have inventory of lids all with various sizes and purposes. There is no need to have multiple lids all available in different stacks at the beverage dispensing point, or to keep them organized. And perhaps the biggest impact from the customer's perspective, there is never any wasted time searching for the ‘right' lid.
I found this simple cup lid to be a fantastic example of the power that can be contained within lean product design. If only everything were so simple.