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Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour Express grocery delivery service

May 18th, 2020 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

Record usage of grocery delivery services amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows and, on occasion, an inability to even book a delivery time slot. Walmart now hopes to capitalize on the increased demand for speedier delivery with the introduction of a new service that allows consumers to pay […]

The pandemic is bringing us closer to our robot takeout future

May 10th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Starship “We saw that business double overnight,” startup says of UK grocery deliveries. On the morning of March 30, I set out from my home in Washington, DC, to the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In only a few hours, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam would issue coordinated […]

Avoid touching anything with this $18 antimicrobial hand tool

May 2nd, 2020 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

Save 28% on a device that you can use to press buttons, open doors and pull levers. If only 2018 could see us now. Since the start of the coronavirus, I’ve had the immortal words of Sgt. Apone ringing in my head, when he admonished the Colonial Marines in the movie Aliens: “Nobody touch nothin’.” […]

Calvin Klein owner: ‘Retail companies are not built to have their stores closed’

April 23rd, 2020 at 7:23 pm » Comments Off

Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and other PVH stores in North America and Europe have been closed since mid-March. The company has furloughed about 75% of its workforce in North America. With stores closed, the retail industry is struggling with inventory piling up in warehouses and no place to sell it, the head of the company […]

UPS orders 10,000 electric delivery trucks, plans driverless truck test

April 10th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

 ATLANTA – UPS ordered 10,000 electric delivery trucks from electric vehicle maker Arrival, in what it calls a move to accelerate electrification of the fleet. It is the largest single order for electric vehicles from the shipping giant based in Sandy Springs. The two companies are working together to develop electric vehicles with advanced driver […]

Despite setbacks, coronavirus could hasten the adoption of autonomous vehicles and delivery robots

April 8th, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

This week, nearly every major company developing autonomous vehicles in the U.S. halted testing in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has sickened more than 250,000 people and killed over 10,000 around the world. Still some experts argue pandemics like COVID-19 should hasten the adoption of driverless vehicles for passenger pickup, transportation […]

Virginia town where drone deliveries are daily

April 5th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Paul Sensmeier awaits his drone delivery Futurist Thomas Frey has predicted that drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history. In a quiet residential neighborhood in Christiansburg, Virginia., one happens to be disrupting the work of two landscapers. The workers silence their weed eaters, looking to the sky in wonder as the whining […]

Instacart is hiring 300,000 grocery shoppers

March 29th, 2020 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

The company will provide with paid sick leave in case they’re diagnosed with COVID-19. Instacart plans to hire an additional 300,000 “full-service” contractors to help it deliver groceries to people during the coronavirus pandemic. With so many individuals and families stuck inside as a result of social distancing measures and shelter in place orders in […]

Amazon looking to buy four Fairway stores amid coronavirus chaos

March 25th, 2020 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

The Woodland Park, New Jersey Fairway Market (pictured) is one the locations Amazon is targeting. Amazon is on the prowl once again — and this time it’s eyeing a handful of supermarkets owned by New York City grocer Fairway Market, The Post has learned. The tech juggernaut run by Jeff Bezos is bidding on four […]

AI is growing, but the robots are not coming for customer service

March 15th, 2020 at 1:02 am » Comments Off

Recent data out of the World Economic Forum in Davos has shed new light on the role that AI and customer service are playing in shaping the future of work. Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy provides much-needed insights into emerging global employment opportunities and the skill sets needed to maximize those […]

Amazon is expanding its cashierless Go model into a full-blown grocery store

March 5th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

The first Amazon Go Grocery opens today in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district Amazon is getting more serious about its brick-and-mortar retail ambitions with its first-ever Amazon-branded grocery store. The store opens today in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, confirming reports from last year that Amazon was developing a more ambitious version of its cashier-less Go model. […]

In two decades, your future meals will be flavored with trendy contradictions

March 5th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

As Sunday morning, January 1, 2040, dawns, Coloradans will wake up to a breakfast of lab-cultured sausage, mung bean–based eggs, and tiger-nut-flour banana bread—all prepared by robots who talk like Alexa’s much smarter granddaughter. There is no kale in sight, and almond milk was banned long ago for being an environmental threat. The first month […]

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