A division of
SpikerSystems, L.L.C. – Marty Wollner – 01-Sep-2010
Idea: Non-disposable dishes in fast-food restaurants.
Imagine getting your food served on sterilized high quality
dishes at your local McDowell’s!
Here’s the process:
with DishSwitch.com and get your DishSwitch_ID and password, and order
your McDishSwitch_Meal , specifying your DishSwitch_ID and password
pay a cash deposit with your McDishSwitch_Meal (you will be refunded
through the program at a later time).
meal will be served on a high-quality, sterile DishSwitch_DishKit. Take it
home and enjoy it!
wash your DishSwitch_DishKit before returning it.
the way into the drive-through, return your kit into the local
DishSwitch_ReturnDepot, where it will be scanned and credited towards your
your next McDishSwitch_Meal specifying your DishSwitch_ID and password; it
will be served on a newly sterilized DishSwitch_DishKit.
it! No muss, no fuss, NO EXCESSIVE WASTE!!
served on quality dishes.
help save the world from global pollution.
costs for using DishSwitch_DishKits vs. disposables.
same level of sterility as disposables.
of returning customers.
of providing a pro-active solution to global pollution.
Our company employs mostly local people keeping a big chunk
of money in the local community. Our kit recycling plants use only hot steam to
sterilize, so we don’t add any more chemicals into the environment. The
corporate division of our company is small and highly efficient. Our product
sales are only required for a handful of large fast food corporations, keeping
our overhead extremely low.
We all get to breath a little easier. Our forests depletions
should be reduced. Our landfills won’t be as full of plastic and other toxic
materials. We put local people to work instead of filling local landfills with
Q: Why doesn’t McDonalds just do this by themselves?
A: It doesn’t make sense for a customer to have a set of
McDonalds-only permanent dishes. McDonalds does not want to deal with cleaning
dirty dishes at all. Only a third party company like DishSwitch can address
these 2 issues.
Q: Why would anyone want to lug around heavy dishes?
A: Most people prefer to eat their meals from quality
dishes. It is anticipated that a savings will accompany the use of permanent
dishes, so people are encouraged for the savings, but also by recognizing the
benefits to the local economy and reduction of locally dumped waste.
Q: How can used dishes be clean?
A: Our recycling process uses ultra-hot steam to clean and
sterilize our kits, followed by rigorous inspection.
Q: How can all of the waste be eliminated?
A: It can’t all be
eliminated. Even our process creates some waste, for example, fuels used in
heating the steam and in transporting our products. However, our system is
vastly less destructive than the continued use of disposables. This applies
even more to restaurants that use a lot of plastic containers, for example,
Q: What is in a dish kit?
A: This depends upon the customer requirements, however, it
is anticipated that a kit will consist of a high quality stainless-steel main
plate, a high-quality beverage container, and a set of disposable wooden
utensils like chop-sticks.
Customers register at DishSwitch.com to obtain a DishSwitch_ID and provide
us with a credit line for deposits on our DishSwitch_DishKits. Customers
are given options on how many kits they want to acquire. It is envisioned
that a customer’s first kit will be provided without charge.
Kits are used for serving food upon from the sponsoring restaurant, as the
process describes. The customer’s previously established account must have
enough money previously deposited to cover the order, or the customer may
pay a deposit upon ordering. By making the payment when ordering food, the
customer essentially establishes the deposit, but without immediately
requiring the use of the web site or having a credit line established for
Customers are required to have a previously established account before
using our recycling centers. The customer must know his DishSwitch_ID
before any kits are accepted for recycling. Each piece in a kit has a
serial number which must be scanned. If the scan fails, the kit will not
be accepted for return. Upon acceptance, the customer’s account is
credited with the return.
The customer is expected to return kits clean and undamaged. Customers are
responsible for these kits, and their account will be charged for damaged
or incomplete kits returned.
The customer can make deposits or get a prompt refund on any deposited
money at any time at DishSwitch.com.
new lots of kits
Clients who need more kits order them from DishSwitch.com. These are
delivered in lots.
shipments of kits
Kits are shipped in lots. The client needs to acknowledge receiving the
lot upon delivery.
kits with meals
The client needs to enact a transaction associating (each of) the kit
serial number(s) with the customer’s DishSwitch_ID.
Clients can accept cash deposits for kits. (perhaps the client can also
establish brand new customers, but that may be a slow process in a
fast-food restaurant). For kits paid for with cash deposits, the client
needs to enact a transaction that places these kits into “cash_deposit”
kits for returns
Individual kits are scanned for their serial numbers. If the scan fails,
the kit may not be acceptable for return, and so the customer is informed
that a refund is pending examination. If the scan succeeds then the
customer is identified and informed that “the refund is credited to his
account, but he may be charged if the kit is damaged”. In either case, the kit is then assigned a
tracking number and stored within the depot.
Used kits collected in the depot go through a set of inspection and
During the first inspection, kits that had failed the scan are examined to
see why the scan failed, and if possible, identify the kit.
Identified kits are examined for acceptability. Kits that fail are
separated from the rest, and a “fail” transaction is initiated to charge
the customer’s account for the damaged kit.
For accepted kits, a “pass” transaction is initiated to credit the
customer’s account for the returned kit.
lots of returned kits
Recycled kits are packed together in lots. A new lot number is always
created, and the individual serial numbers are associated with the lot
number. When a lot is filled, it is made available for shipping to a
client in need.
lots to client restaurants
Orders for lots of kits arrive through DishSwitch.com, and lots are
delivered are needed.
Lets describe this as a corporate database; entities,
relations, tables and attributes.
Customer to DishKit: M:M
Client to Client_Site: 1:M
Client_Site to Shipping_Lot: 1:M
Return_Depot to DishKit
Database Tables describing data attributes
Status (in_shipping_lot, at_client_store, cash_deposit,
Status (being_created, stored, assigned_for_client_shipment)
Status (order_in_shipment, order_received)
Status (in_shipping_lot, at_client_store,
This section is yet to be completed, however, this is simply
a matter of translating each of the procedures described above into a set of
SQL statements used as database transaction
These are yet to be added into the database shown above.
Domains allow our kits to be shared among several different kinds of
restaurants. An example is a shopping mall with a food court. Several different
restarants can all share a common set of DishKits and Recycling_Centers.