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Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery

July 14th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery. Kroger has made a number of investments toward expanding its digital and online delivery business. “Last mile delivery” is one of the hardest feats in the delivery of fresh food. Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car […]



Robotic waitresses: Alibaba launches automated restaurant in Shanghai

July 10th, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Serving food at Hema. GIF via Alibaba video Select some live seafood in one of Alibaba’s Hema grocery stores in Shanghai, get it rung up and bagged, and a robotic arm will whisk it away to a kitchen. Minutes later, a pod will wheel out of the kitchen, pulling up to your table with your […]



Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

June 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

Initiative aims to reduce dumping of ‘waste’ and sell it at prices set by buyers. In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything […]



Taste test: Burger robot startup creator opens first restaurant

June 24th, 2018 at 4:55 pm » Comments Off

Creator’s transparent burger robot doesn’t grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That’s just one way this startup, formerly known as Momentum Machines, wants to serve the world’s freshest cheeseburger for just $6. On June 27th, after eight years in development, Creator unveils its first robot restaurant before […]



VRstudios launches Jurassic World VR attraction at Dave & Buster’s restaurants

June 13th, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

VRstudios is launching its virtual reality platform in 112 Dave & Buster’s entertainment restaurant locations with the new game Jurassic World VR Expedition. That makes it the largest deployment of commercial multiplayer VR to date, the partners said. It took almost five years of work to make happen, according to Dave & Buster’s executive Kevin […]



How Amazon is using Whole Foods in a bid for total retail domination

May 26th, 2018 at 8:18 am » Comments Off

The Seattle giant believes selling you groceries is the key to selling you everything else. At 9 a.m. on June 16, 2017, Whole Foods employees packed into the main level of the company’s Austin headquarters. Only an hour earlier Amazon had announced that it was acquiring the high-end natural grocer, and the corporate staffers were […]



Alibaba’s futuristic supermarket in China is way ahead of the US, with 30-minute deliveries and facial-recognition payment — and it shows where Amazon is likely to take Whole Foods

May 24th, 2018 at 12:30 am » Comments Off

The Chinese tech giant Alibaba is expanding aggressively into physical retail through investments in a variety of product categories to push its “New Retail” strategy of combining online and offline shopping. Its most critical New Retail venture has been Hema Xiansheng, a futuristic supermarket launched in 2015 that offers free 30-minute delivery and payment using […]



Marijuana soda startup California Dreamin’ wants to replace booze

March 23rd, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

“Enjoy a light, social high,” says the funky bottle of California Dreamin’ cannabis-infused sparkling pomegranate juice. Launching today at Y Combinator Demo Day, California Dreamin’ is serving up an alcohol alternative that still gets you lit, but without the same hangover or health issues.



Vertical farms have nailed leafy greens. Next up: tasty peaches

March 21st, 2018 at 2:55 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco-based Plenty already supplies produce for Google’s kitchens. Now it’s on a mission to expand what hydroponic farms can grow. Of the many crops that Matt Barnard has developed, he has a particular fondness for his kale. “If you think about what most people imagine when then they think of kale, think again,” he […]



Fake processed food is becoming an epidemic in African urban life

March 12th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

In late February, 14-year-olds Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a classmate’s birthday celebration in their school, located just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Several other children in their class were hospitalized. Panic and threats from angry parents forced a temporary school closure, but to date, there have been no efforts to investigate […]



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