Kroger’s recent agreement with robotics start-up Nuro, on the heels of its deal with Ocado to bring the British e-grocer’s automated fulfillment capabilities to the U.S., has got us thinking — how will artificial intelligence (AI) and robots accelerate digital transformation in retail warehouses?
As the weather heats up for summer, those of us that enjoy an adult beverage every now and then might find ourselves thirsty for a crisp summer cocktail, like a minty mojito or a frothy margarita. Most likely, we’ll sip away at the drink while perched at our favorite bar, not giving much thought to how this little luxury arrived in front of us. And no, I’m not talking about the techniques the bartender used to make the drink—while captivating, no doubt—but rather the journey of all the ingredients, from farm to glass.
If you’re looking to check the collective pulse of the foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago delivers. Mission Data attended to meet with industry friends new and old, gauge the landscape of technology products, and learn about the unique challenges and growth opportunities of the current market.
When Apple announced its AirPods last year, initially critics were skeptical of the wireless earbuds’ design — seemingly easy to lose and reminiscent of Q-tips or cigarette butts. Yet, aesthetics aside, the tiny protruding cylinders have become an increasingly prevalent accessory in recent months. Apple recently revealed its wearables revenue — from the Apple Watch, Beats headphones, and AirPods — rose 50 percent last quarter.
I recently attended the SpeechTEK conference for the first time in Washington, D.C., an event focused on deploying speech-based solutions for business applications. I went to the event with Stu Gavurin, Mission Data CEO, who had attended previously, but for me, SpeechTEK stood out from other conferences in several ways. I attended because I wanted to have a broader understanding of the voice world beyond building consumer-facing skills for Amazon’s Alexa. I do think I achieved my goal, but it took some work.
By now, self-checkout kiosks are a common way to complete a transaction at a store or quick-service restaurant. However, if the store is busy, it’s likely that there is still a queue to use the kiosks. As we mentioned previously in our roundup of retail trends, technology that puts the power to pay for items in consumers hands is spreading around the globe.
For our final day of SXSW Interactive 2018, we discovered how augmented reality is bringing restaurant tables to life and allowing remote missions to Mars. We even spotted a hobbit in the wild. To catch up with all that went down, follow the rest of our SXSW coverage here.
We’re nearing the end of our SXSW 2018 ride, and what a whirlwind it’s been. Read on for more about the latest technology delighting our senses. If you’re just tuning in, you can catch up on our SXSW coverage here.
We’re moving through SXSW Interactive at the pace of innovation, are you keeping up? Catch up on our experiences from Days 1, 2, and 3 if you haven’t been following along.