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Tyler Hilk

Graduate Student, Kansas State University

Tyler Hilk

With a steady hunger and will to learn more, Tyler Hilk continues to innovate and tinker his way through the design processes to effectively create functional models and add personal touches to each project. Alongside his work in industrial design, he is also pursuing business management and entrepreneurship skills in order to round out his understanding of industry and company workflows. Outside of his work and classes, Tyler enjoys streaming music and movies, experimenting with cooking, and catching up with friends both in person and online.

Exploration of Design Solutions for Reducing Food Waste in Rural Grocery Stores: A study of Consumer Behavior and Attitudes

Education Symposium

Rapid Fire Group C

August 25, 2023

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout - Shubert

Presenting with Amanda Sencenbaugh

This study focuses on the problem of food waste in grocery stores in rural America and in food deserts, and the opportunities for designers to address these issues. Previous research has emphasized the need for food loss and waste management, and the environmental and socio-economic impacts it has in North America. The primary causes of food waste in these areas include expiration dates, spoilage, consumer purchasing behavior, and over-ordering of food products. Other studies have also examined how distance and attitudes towards shopping affect consumer behavior and the effectiveness of various strategies. Solutions to this problem could include a designed system incorporating technology that addresses the specific needs of low-income consumers in these areas. This paper presents the findings from a literature review and qualitative data collected through interviews. The results of this study can provide valuable insights for designers looking to reduce food waste in rural America and food deserts by identifying the key drivers of food waste, understanding consumer behavior and preferences, and identifying effective solutions that address the unique challenges of these areas.

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