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Microsoft and Kroger to create data-driven connected grocery stores

January 17th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  Microsoft and Kroger are taking a leaf out of Amazon’s book by building futuristic “connected” grocery stores. As part of a pilot project, Kroger, the largest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue, and Microsoft have transformed two retail stores, one near each of their respective headquarters — in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington — […]



Robot dogs are the weirdest package delivery system we’ve seen

January 15th, 2019 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

A mailman’s fever dream at CES 2019 Germany automotive firm Continental is best know for its tires, but at CES 2019 the company is demonstrating something a little different: package delivery by robot dog. As part of its research into the future of mobility, Continental has partnered with robotics company ANYbotics (a spin off from […]



More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

January 12th, 2019 at 12:39 pm » Comments Off

More than 100 million devices with Amazon’s Alexa assistant pre-installed have been sold, the company said Friday. The new metric, revealed by Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp in an interview with The Verge, showcases just how quickly the company has crammed the voice assistant into disparate hardware devices and shoved them out the door. The […]



India bans ecommerce companies from selling their own products

January 2nd, 2019 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

“An entity having equity participation by e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies, or having control on its inventory by e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies, will not be permitted to sell its products on the platform run by such marketplace entity,” the commerce ministry said in a statement. Ecommerce companies can make bulk […]



Kroger-owned grocery store begins fully driverless deliveries

December 27th, 2018 at 2:14 am » Comments Off

Road-legal delivery vehicles don’t even have space for a human driver. Nuro, a startup founded by two veterans of Google’s self-driving car project, has reached an important milestone: it has started making fully autonomous grocery deliveries on public streets. Fry’s Food, a brand owned by grocery giant Kroger, launched a self-driving grocery delivery program back […]



Brain Corp to provide AI services to Walmart

December 18th, 2018 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

The Auto-C, powered by BrainOS, joins Walmarts technology ecosystem. SAN DIEGO, Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Brain Corp, a San Diego-based software technology company, announced today that it has entered into a relationship with Walmart to provide AI services to the world’s largest retailer. Brain Corp’s BrainOS platform currently automates more than a hundred of […]



Meet China’s growing fleet of automated delivery drones

December 8th, 2018 at 3:21 am » Comments Off

Meals being air freighted, plus armies of delivery robots. As part of its multi billion-dollar plan to build a nationwide network of automated logistics, China’s JD.com is testing its tri-copter drones in testing zone in Shaanxi. Chinese companies are going all-out on unmanned systems for delivery logistics. A fleet of new autonomous cargo drones, robotic […]



Impulse-Buying: How technology is making it easier than ever to spend money

December 2nd, 2018 at 5:03 am » Comments Off

As household debt rises, so too are online innovations that aim to turn your wants and needs into stuff with minimal interruption. So how can we bring mindfulness back to buyer psychology? This year, Slide 101 of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report has a simple message: “Making Ends Meet = Difficult.” The bad news […]



Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries

November 21st, 2018 at 3:43 am » Comments Off

Self-driving vehicles delivering groceries in Miami Ford is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create a grocery delivery service using self-driving vehicles in Miami, the companies announced Wednesday. Ford has been using Miami as a test bed for its self-driving vehicles since earlier this year. And more recently, the auto giant joined with Postmates […]



Alibaba just had the biggest online shopping day of all time, nearly tripling every company’s 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined

November 19th, 2018 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters Alibaba made e-commerce history on Sunday, with $30.8 billion in sales over the last 24 hours as part of the company’s massive Singles Day celebration. The $30.8 billion in generated sales is a significant increase from 2017, when customers spent $25.3 billion. For comparison, total online sales on Black […]



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