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Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

August 20th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its own […]



Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) are now valued at a combined $1 trillion USD.

August 14th, 2018 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

Alibaba and Tencent alone now account for almost one-third of the MSCI China Index, fueling its 47 percent gain in 2017. As of this past March, China had skyrocketed to 164 unicorns, worth a combined $628.4 billion USD. Roughly 50 percent are controlled or backed by BAT. But BAT isn’t keeping ambitions local. Worldwide, BAT […]



Taobao leads the charge in a new ecommerce trend: livestreamed shopping

August 6th, 2018 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

She’s not your ordinary jewelry dealer. Going by the online moniker “Xiaotian,” she commands a big fan base, jokes with her customers, and models for her own business. “Hi bao bao,” she greets her potential buyers during a livestream session one afternoon in Hong Kong, using a common, endearing nickname for online shoppers. “This is […]



Watch Amazon’s VR kiosks transform the future of shopping

July 28th, 2018 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s new VR store dispenses with the trappings of a shop in favor of fun — a city full of products to explore in themed rooms. Transform is the AI event of the year for growth marketers, August 21 & 22, San Francisco. Learn how AI and analytics are changing the growth game. Grab your […]



Amazon patents aerial fulfillment centers for improved drone delivery

July 27th, 2018 at 9:16 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s drone-centric skyscrapers intended to replace traditional warehouses are old news. The tech giant just patented floating warehouses. Last June, we reported on Amazon’s patent application for fulfillment center towers: skyscrapers that would replace the traditional warehouse model in favor of modern, drone-friendly versions that could serve as both charging hubs and convenient pitstops for […]



Adidas’ vision for the future: Personalization, fast

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Adidas unveils new 3D printed sneaker. For all but the most elite athletes, buying athletic shoes can be hit or miss: Go to the store, find something you like, and try it on. If it doesn’t feel quite right, too bad. Try another shoe. Adidas sees a future where motion capture tech, data analysis software, […]



How e-commerce is transforming rural China

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business. In isolated regions, JD.com is expanding its reach, creating on-the-ground jobs and testing drone delivery. Will villagers be less tempted to leave for the big city? Xia Canjun was born in 1979, […]



Amazon, Alibaba and Nike all point to the next innovation in retail: Personalized physical spaces

July 18th, 2018 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

Last week I wrote a piece entitled, “Amazon Go Means Goodbye Status Quo.” The piece not only heaped praise on Amazon but also highlighted how Amazon Go, over the long-run, is about far more than the mere buzzwords of “checkout-free shopping.” The thesis is that if one studies Amazon Go closely, he or she will […]



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 […]



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 […]



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