With same-day delivery on products like iPhones and Sonos speakers, Enjoy is challenging the world to rethink the way delivery should work
Ahead of PSFK's "Opening Your First Store Panel" during the upcoming New York Retail Innovation Week, featured panelists weigh in on the challenges and opportunities facing brick-and-mortar retailers today, as well as the keys to a successful store experience.
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The future of the industry is uncertain, but Porsche is hoping to prove that automotive brands don't have to rely on legacy revenue streams to make an impact or turn a profit.
Wardrobe is a just-launched circular clothing rental platform aiming to take sustainability and affordability to the next level, letting members borrow luxury, designer and vintage fashion from each other’s closets
Alibaba-owned logistics company Cainiao has partnered with Chinese robotics company RoboSense to develop an autonomous delivery robot. The unmanned wheeled robotic vehicle uses LiDAR to navigate, carrying packages at a pedestrian-safe speed of less than 10 miles per hour. It uses facial recognition technology to ensure that it has arrived at the correct recipient before opening the doors to its package locker.
Package delivery company UPS formed a subsidiary called Flight Forward and applied for the Federal Aviation Administration approval to begin operating commercial drone delivery.
Texas-based grocery retailer H-E-B piloted autonomous delivery near its Olmos Park, TX, supermarket with a self-driving vehicle named Newton, which can hold up to 32 orders of varying size.
Big box retailer Walmart partners with startup Alert Innovation to pilot a first-of-its-kind automated system called The Alphabot in its supercenter in Salem, New Hampshire, dedicated to improving the fulfillment of grocery pickup. Housed in a 20,000-square-foot extension connected to the store, the high-speed system delivers items to sales associates to assemble and deliver orders to customers.
Canadian startup Attabotics has developed a micro-fulfillment center, creating a more flexible, accelerated and scalable fulfillment system through the help of automated technologies. Designed to resemble ant colonies, the three-dimensional structure is filled with condensed aisles and shelves and is operated by robotic shuttles that can move both horizontally and vertically along the structure.
California-based startup inVia Robotics levels the automated warehouse playing field by creating fulfillment robots for smaller online businesses. The robot's compact and unconventional design allows it to lift up to 40 pounds and special barcodes help them navigate and identify items.
E-commerce giant Amazon has begun testing CartonWrap machines from mechanical company CMC Srl that can build 600 to 700 boxes and add labels for custom orders per hour, which is four to five times faster than a human, in its fulfillment centers.
Grocery retailer Kroger's planned online grocery fulfillment center in Dallas, TX, designed by the retailer's partnering online supermarket Ocado to be a robot-operated facility, is estimated to be able to fill a 50-item order in less than 6 to 7 minutes.
Retailer Walmart expanded its fleet of Bossa Nova in-store bots from 50 to 350, taking time-intensive chores such as scanning shelves to look for out-of-stock items off of human employees’ hands.