automation

Delivery & Logistics inVia Robotics levels the automated warehouse playing field by creating fulfillment robots

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.

Grocery, Convenience & Supermarket Kroger's online grocery fulfillment center in Dallas will fill orders in minutes

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.

Retail Pensa Systems has developed a drone for in-store inventory management

Austin, TX-based Pensa Systems has developed a drone for in-store inventory management, utilizing computer vision to capture real-time shelf conditions and artificial intelligence to recognize how products are managed and predict patterns for stock-outs. The drones are small, quiet and have enclosed-rotors in protective housing to make them safer. to be deployed after hours or select store hours when areas are free.

Beauty JD.ID X-Mart opens cashier-less store that identifies shoppers using facial recognition technology

JD opened a cashierless store in Jakarta, Indonesia, its first outside of China. Items are tracked by RFID, and camera placed throughout the store track shoppers’ movements to generate store heat maps to monitor traffic, product selection and shopper preferences to help optimize inventory and displays. The store sells FMCG and beauty products, along with apparel, so shoppers can try on a pair of jeans and walk out of the store wearing them. Facial recognition technology identifies shoppers as they leave, charging their credit card automatically for any items they take.

Case Study Holland's Largest Supermarket Debuts Checkout-Free Store

Taking cues from Amazon Go, Albert Heijn is eliminating lines and checkout in its Zaandam headquarters for streamlined shopping

Analysis Trending: JD.com, Spyce And More Bring Automated Operations To The Restaurant Industry

The following seven restaurants and cafes are leveraging cutting-edge technology and robotic hardware to provide consumers with self-service dining

Automotive Houston Customers Can Order Domino's Pizza For Driverless Delivery

The latest evolution in its series of tech-enabled activations, the pizza brand will start delivering select orders with self-driving vehicles in the Houston area, partnering with autonomous vehicle maker Nuro

Gen Z HelloAva Is The Digital Assistant Poised To Make Personalized Haircare More Accessible

The CEO and CCO of the AI-enabled haircare personalization software explain how it produces free tailored advice and gets smarter as customers use it, harboring the potential to make high-tech haircare mainstream in partnership with Unilever

Features Op-Ed: Could Cars Be The Therapists Of The Future?

Author Dhruva Rajendra makes the case for an untapped post-purchase need that vehicles could be poised to fill, turning consumers' daily commutes into therapy sessions—in short, wellness on wheels

Brand Activation & Immersion Apple Expands Recycling Program For Earth Day 2019

The tech co is not only investing in its robotic phone recycling program to help more consumers curb electronic waste, but is also launching a Material Recovery lab in Austin to further its sustainability research

Health Interview: How ePharmacy Truepill Is Aiming To Fill 100,000 Prescriptions A Day With A Technology-First Approach

Truepill is a business-to-business telehealth startup that's quietly managing a tech-driven, seamless operation behind the scenes of the booming digital healthcare industry

Gaming & Play How High-Tech Brands Like Xiaomi Are Making London A Digital Retail Hub

From PSFKs 2019 London Retail Innovation Guide, these four stores and activations are must-sees for tech-loving tourists and Londoners alike

Hotels, Hospitality & Travel Robot Valets Can Park Travelers' Cars At Lyon Airport

Stanley Robotics is reinventing parking at France's Lyon Saint Exupéry airport, offering customers a lower-cost option and using parking spaces more efficiently

Food & Beverage How Airports Like LAX Are Using Automated Services For Frictionless Experiences

Using a mix of app-enabled, data-driven and seamless technology, airport retailers are creating frictionless experiences for busy pre-boarding customers