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Rebranded Kadabra Deploys Kiosk That’s Basically an Amazon Locker for Food

Sometimes it’s just easier to let people come to you. That seems to be the thinking as Kadabra (previously Veebie) debuts the second generation prototype of its cubby-filled kiosk. Unlike the…

Source: thespoon.tech

“It’s much more sophisticated than our first prototype,” said Sperry. “It’s a fully functional IoT device that can operate without an attendant and is also refrigerated.”

By taking mobility off the table, Perry’s team was able to focus on making a more capable kiosk system that seems almost akin to an Amazon Locker for food. With the new kiosk system, a consumer can order food from local restaurants and have it delivered to the kiosk and then unlock a cubby with their phone. And because the new system is refrigerated, food can be placed into a cubby (called pods) for a much longer period of time.

Four Providers of Smart City Kiosks Named IDC Innovators | Business Wire

A new IDC Innovators report profiles four providers that are considered key emerging vendors in the Smart City kiosks market.

Source: www.businesswire.com

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Data Corporation (IDC) today published an IDC Innovators report profiling four providers that are considered key emerging vendors in the Smart City kiosks market. The four companies named as IDC Innovators are CIVIQ Smartscapes, Smart City Media, SmartLINK, and Soofa.

McDonald’s, KFC, Panera, and more fast food chains that employ robots

McDonald’s, KFC, Panera, and other fast food joints already have robot employees. Experts say that this automation won’t replace human workers. Instead, they say the bots fill a major labor gap in food service.

Source: www.businessinsider.com

The restaurants report that kiosks have also helped both chains expand their delivery. Take-out, Delivery, drive-thru, catering, and other off-premise orders now comprise 62% of Panera’s business— an important new source of revenue, as Business Insider’s Taylor previously reported.

Photos: Restaurant with robotic kitchen opens in Boston

BOSTON — The world’s first restaurant with a robotic kitchen that cooks complex meals has opened. Spyce’s automated kitchen has seven cooking woks able to serve up to 200 meals an hour.The Boston eatery’s menu is based on a half-dozen bowls with flavors t

Source: kpic.com

200 meals an hour is max rate.  Is average restaurant 60 customers and 20 tables. Turnover is 30 minutes?  120 customers?

Private equity bosses took $200m out of Toys R Us and crashed the company, lifetime employees got $0 in severance /

Private equity bosses took $200m out of Toys R Us and crashed the company, lifetime employees got $0 in severance

Source: boingboing.net

Comments:  They deserve it. Toys r Us and toys.com lowballed the US toy market to sub-zero margins. I was doing contract work at the time with M.W. Kasch, the largest toy wholesaler in the USA, and these guys were selling below cost to capture market share. They lowered margins to zero, then died.

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Typical behavior of "category killers" in the pre-Amazon days. They assumed they could corner the market on select categories, not realizing more-efficient online operations would displace them, especially if they operated warehouse-sized stores and were heavily leveraged.

Why Nordstrom Is Betting on High-Touch Tech

No department-store chain has embraced technology more aggressively. But will tech help Nordstrom avoid the slump in higher-end retail?

Source: fortune.com

the 47,000-square-foot emporium is also a sophisticated shopping-tech laboratory—one of several where Nordstrom is urgently experimenting with ways to make upscale, high-touch retail more competitive in an e-commerce-driven era. The mazelike layout, spread over three floors, showcases subtle but important technological enhancements. Some are super-practical—such as self-service bins where shoppers can drop off returns (including online purchases) and get credit almost immediately. Others have a wow factor: In the suits section, customers can see how bespoke jackets would look on life-size avatars of themselves, projected on screens, a digital take on the adage, “Measure twice, cut once.” And yet others pamper you: If you’ve “reserved” a product online to try on before you buy, there’ll be a fitting room waiting for you—with your name on the door.

Walmart drops mobile Scan & Go checkout

Walmart is finding it harder than it may have originally anticipated to convince customers to adopt new tech and engage with the retailer through digital and mobile platforms. While consumers are drawn to convenient shopping experiences, many didn’t see the value of doing more work while browsing when they could easily hand off tasks like bagging and scanning to trained cashiers at checkout.

Source: www.retaildive.com

Walmart is finding it harder than it may have originally anticipated to convince customers to adopt new tech and engage with the retailer through digital and mobile platforms. While consumers are drawn to convenient shopping experiences, many didn’t see the value of doing more work while browsing when they could easily hand off tasks like bagging and scanning to trained cashiers at checkout.