Autonomous Vehicles

  1. International
FedEx Corp has expanded its pilot programme using self-driving HGVs to move goods between hubs in Texas. The Aurora self-driving technology is set up on Peterbilt 579 HGVs. As of… The post FedEx expands self driving HGV pilot appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Technology & Innovation
Uber Eats and autonomous vehicle company Motional have begun driverless deliveries in Santa Monica, Calif. The effort is being done in conjunction with robotics company Serve Robotics, which was Uber acquired with the purchase of Postmates and spun off in 2021.  The partnership between Uber and Motional was announced in December. At the time, Uber […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Uber Eats plans to launch two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles on Monday (May 16). According to a report by TechCrunch, the first is in conjunction with Motional, an autonomous driving firm, while the second is with Serve Robotics, a sidewalk delivery platform that is an off-shoot of Uber. The report said the test-runs […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles on Monday with Serve Robotics, a robotic sidewalk delivery startup, and Motional, an autonomous vehicle technology company. The new programs are a part of a range of new products Uber is launching across its ride-hail and delivery platforms, which are being announced on Monday […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Uber Eats beginning on Monday will give customers in Los Angeles the choice of whether their orders are delivered by a human or a robot. “This is the first chapter of autonomous vehicles doing delivery on Uber,” said Noah Zych, who heads up autonomous delivery at the company. “We see the potential in the future […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Photo by Obi – @pixel6propix on Unsplash When Oscar Orozco, the director of forecasting at eMarketer, set forth to model TikTok’s growth for 2021, he thought it had to slow down. People used TikTok for 38.6 minutes each day in 2020, approximating Facebook’s all-time high of 39.8 minutes. That was a year of lockdowns. And […]
  1. Department: Food
  Food Marketing professionals never take a break, and they are always looking a customer ahead.  Global CPG retailer Unilever is actively targeting Generation Alpha.  So just who is Generation Alpha?  They are the children of Generation Y, and often the younger siblings of Generation A.  More that 2.5 million are born globally ever week.  […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Cleveron Mobility and DPD Eesti say they’re the first in Europe to deliver a package to a customer via a driverless autonomous vehicle. Said vehicle is manufactured by Cleveron Mobility, with delivery taking place under the DPD banner. “The e-commerce market is continuing to grow rapidly in the developed world,” says CEO Arno Kütt. “And […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Make life easy. Keep it simple. Be convenient. These are benefits that will never go out of date. The proliferation of product and service options, and the diffusion of accelerating technologies have made decision-making more difficult than ever. Information overload sometimes confuses rather than confirms, making us uncertain. Through the use of technology, we sometimes […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail has significantly changed in recent years. Consumers were already moving away from in-person retailing before the pandemic hit, and it’s a shift that has picked up considerably since then. For those remaining brick-and-mortar stores, technical advances have been employed to keep customers happy — and keep them coming back. Many of the biggest trends […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Being from California, I’ve always loved to drive. Whether in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains or along the stunning California coastline. I’ve always appreciated having the steering wheel in my hands, and the wind blowing in my now departed hair. (Cue Telly Savalas, “Who loves ya, baby?”). Despite being an “excellent driver” (if I say […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Ford, in conjunction with Walmart, is testing autonomous delivery in two U.S. cities and plans to begin collecting data in a third. The project has been several years in the making. The company announced in 2018 that it planned to begin development of a commercial autonomous vehicle operation with the Ford Escape Hybrid. The project […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Contactless stores are gaining traction, more so in Europe, but there are some trickling into the U.S., including Atlanta’s Nourish + Bloom Market that opened in January. In that article, we pointed out that the store was entering territory that included Amazon Go, 7-Eleven and Walmart. Behind some of that cashierless technology are startup companies […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 results and provided 2022 guidance.
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Autonomous delivery has come a long way over the last few years and a partnership between Ford, Argo AI and Walmart is expanding the effort. The group has conducted autonomous delivery in Miami, Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.  The project was announced last year, and Whitney Pineda, head of Ford AV & mobility communications, said the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon-owned Whole Foods has opened its first store using the Just-Walk-Out technology that the  company pioneered with its Amazon Go stores almost a half-dozen years ago. The 21,500 square foot store, in the Glover Park neighborhood in Washington, DC (just north of Georgetown), is a little smaller that the 25,000 square foot Amazon Fresh unit […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Self-driving cars. Web-enabled machinery. Data-capturing drones. These are just a few innovations changing the ways people live and work — and buy insurance. Nimble insurance technology companies are winning new customers by providing near-instant quotes, fast claims processing, and personalized service. But what about legacy firms? How can they uplevel their back- and middle-office operations […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Estonia-based autonomous store technology startup Grab2Go has secured €750,000 in funding. It has raised €1 million in total to date, and will use the cash for product development, expanding its team and its go to market strategy. The company has developed convenience store technology based on artificial intelligence, which forms part of a software platform. […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
what3words is being made available to Domino’s Pizza international franchisees. Those using the company’s Global Online Ordering (GOLO) platform will be able to add a what3words address field at checkout. The latter has divided the globe into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, and given each one a unique combination of three words, a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2021
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Convenience stores are typically places people run into while gassing up or if they need a quick snack, but when the global pandemic hit and no one wanted to go indoors with others, some could not survive. That was the case with Adit Gupta’s parents, who owned a convenience store in New Jersey that began […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Google parent Alphabet reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and revenue. Shares popped more than 9% in extended trading. The company also announced a 20-for-1 stock split that will go into effect in July.
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Drone delivery was once considered science fiction. Now it has become a reality. Companies like Virginia-based DroneUp are leading the way. Founded in 2016, DroneUp was originally conceived of as a place where drone pilots could be trained and contracted to provide services. The company operates a marketplace for people to hire drone pilots, much […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Contactless grocery store Nourish + Bloom Market opened to the public Friday in Trilith’s Town Centre retail district in Atlanta. Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Jamie and Jilea Hemmings started the grocery store and bistro to offer over 1,000 locally sourced, healthy food products, including produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals. The Hemmings began their startup […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has hired Tom Ward to head up its e-commerce division following the departure of Casey Carl. The latter leaves at the end of February. In a company memo seen by The Wall Street Journal, Walmart did not share a reason for the departure or Carl’s future plans. As Senior Vice President of Last Mile Delivery, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Responding to yesterday’s story about Kroger expanding the usage of Nuro autonomous delivery vehicles, MNB reader Andy Casey wrote: This seems rather inevitable but as a Florida user of Kroger home delivery somebody is going to have to help me understand how it improves the customer experience to walk out to the street and carry […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is making commercial deliveries from a warehouse to a store in Arkansas with autonomous delivery vehicles that have no safety driver in the vehicles. The project is a partnership with autonomous vehicle company Gatik. “We’re thrilled to be working with Gatik to achieve this industry-first, driverless milestone in our home state of Arkansas and […]

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Instant grocery startups sprang up and grew like weeds during COVID-19, fueled by consumers opting to practice social distancing and ready to order their food and sundries at the tap of an app, and VCs seeing an gap in the delivery market that had yet to be definitively filled. Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the consolidation.
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A consumer confidence monitor that has been running since 1974 recorded its lowest-ever score this month. The well-established GfK index was down to -40 for May, meaning consumers are less confident now than at any time for nearly half a century. Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “This comes as UK unemployment hits […]
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Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]