Tech: Robotics

  1. Channel: Drug
The Wall Street Journal reports that Walgreens is using robotics to help compensate for staffing shortages in its retail pharmacies, “setting up a network of automated, centralized drug-filling centers that could fill a city block. Rows of yellow robotic arms bend and rotate as they sort and bottle multicolored pills, sending them down conveyor belts. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon today announced it has invested over €400 million (£354 million) in new retail technologies over the last three years. The company claims the its fulfilment centres and employee experience… The post Amazon invests more than $400m in cutting-edge robotics appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Channel: Mass
The Chicago Business Journal reports that Walmart has opened a new, “next generation,” one million-square-foot fulfillment center in Joliet, Illinois, that will “fill and ship orders placed on” as well as “handle Marketplace items shipped by Walmart Fulfillment Services, the company’s end-to-end fulfillment service for third-party e-commerce sellers.” The retailer says that the facility […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Wall Street Journal put it this way: “Amazon’s fall hardware event is often where it unveils oddball products such as the Alexa microwave and sticky note printer. This year, the e-commerce giant stuck mainly to more practical devices: a large Kindle e-reader with note-taking capabilities, a sleep-tracking bedside alarm clock and Echo speakers that […]
  1. Department & Category
Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to test “Chippy,” a robotic kitchen assistant, in one of its restaurants in California. The pilot is expected to yield feedback from employees and customers that will help determine how to scale the technology at the chain’s restaurants.
  1. Channel: Mass
JOLIET, Ill. — Walmart held grand opening ceremonies on Wednesday for a 1.1 million-square-foot Next Generation fulfillment center (FC) here. Walmart FCs work to store millions of items, available on, that are then picked, packed and shipped directly to customers – now faster than ever. The new state-of-the-art facility will also fulfill Marketplace items […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
ZDNet has a piece about Amazon’s broad “device strategy,” as the company has “grown into a giant of the tech world with a vast portfolio of devices, from e-readers to video doorbells and everything in between … Amazon’s strategy is to create products for every single aspect of your life, to facilitate everyday tasks. By […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
From Recode, a story about how, “in 2019, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos predicted that within a decade, robotic systems will be advanced enough to grasp items with the dexterity of a human hand. Three years later, Amazon looks to be making progress toward that goal. “A recent video published on the company’s science blog features […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
With recent research showing three out of four consumers prefer communicating with chatbots, it’s no surprise that retail stores want to improve their digital experience. In fact, Gartner predicts 25 percent of enterprises across the globe will have a digital assistant to handle support issues, and it further supports two-thirds of customers who would prefer solving […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up the retail systems ventures whose funding rounds have been making headlines, including Swiftly, Ryft, Instant Commerce, and 1MRobotics. 1. Ryft Ryft, a PSD2 compliant payments system firm, has raised a seed round, led by SFC Capital. Additional investors include the ex-founder of Shutterstock and the founder of LoveFilm. This brings Ryft’s total […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is moving aggressively to position its stores as preferred holiday shopping destinations. The retailer said Thursday it was ready to serve its customers this holiday season by offering better value and a more convenient shopping experience. Walmart said that more than half of its customers planned to start their holiday shopping […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 22, 2022 — Walmart is ready to serve its customers this holiday season, offering better value and more convenience than ever as customers start their holiday shopping. More than half of Walmart customers will start their holiday shopping research in October1 and Walmart is prepared to meet their needs and help them […]
  1. Retail Operations
Sam’s Club will develop a design studio at its Bentonville, Ark. headquarters to support design thinking for all employees, with a focus on facilitating cross-functional team collaboration across engineering, product management and design departments. The neutral space also will allow these internal teams to work with external partners in a workshop environment that focuses on […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
A Jack in the Box in Chula Vista, CA, recently added Flippy the French fry-making robot to its kitchen. The robot is expected to address labor shortages and fulfill orders more quickly with uniform consistency. Jack in the Box is looking to add five to 10 robots to make fries in other locations in 2023.
  1. Technology & Innovation
A Serve Robotics delivery robot has failed to reroute around a police barrier due to human error. Video of the robot crossing yellow caution tape and rolling through a crime scene in Los Angeles went viral last week. A food delivery robot forces it’s way across a police crime scene. — Film The Police […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Exciting Dreamforce ’22 announcements What is Dream Quest? 1. Power data like never before with Salesforce Customer Data Platform, powered by Genie 2. Accelerate efficiency and reliability with Salesforce automation 3. Discover how Slack and Salesforce powers the future of work 4. Make an impact on sustainability with Salesforce 5. Walk down memory lane with […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Supply chains and logistics have seen seismic shifts forward in recent years. In 2020 alone, companies fast-tracked the digital transformation of their internal operations — and their customer and supply chain interactions — by three years to four years. The digitization of third-party logistics (3PL) providers began in the mid-90s, but the pandemic fueled progress […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Facing a new era of retail in a volatile market, many businesses have had to rapidly expand or strengthen their online presence. Retailers that are thriving are doing so with the help of intelligent automation (IA). In fact, in a recent Deloitte report, 82 percent of sector leaders said “automation wherever possible will be a high priority,” and 67 […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Last week, we took note of a New York Times story about Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and how, “rather than selling the company or taking it public, Mr. Chouinard, his wife and two adult children have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion, to a specially designed trust and […]
  1. International
Together with FIRST Robotics and the LEGO Group, Amazon will increase access to STEM learning and bring curiosity, fun and creativity to the classroom this school year Toronto, Ontario (September 14, 2022) – To support the next generation of Canadian innovators and increase access to STEM learning
  1. Technology & Innovation
Starship Technologies has rolled out its robot food delivery service at Missouri State University, in partnership with Chartwells Higher Education. This is the first university in Missouri where Starship robots are in action. They will provide deliveries daily. “I think the robots will be a huge hit on campus,” says Dee Siscoe, Missouri State Vice […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Running a retail business can be a difficult but very rewarding venture. While many of these retail businesses exist in physical locations, today, they rely on various types of online technologies to help their operations remain as successful and efficient as possible. Just like it has aided eCommerce businesses and many others, automation has played […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Food robotics company, Karakuri, has announced the appointment of Kevin Garry as its new Director of Global Business Development. Garry will be pivotal to the firm’s focus on the global QSR market through the development of commercial partnerships for its latest range of kitchen robotics innovation.  He previously held the role of UK Channel Lead […]

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Retail vacancies in the United States dropped to 6.1% in the second quarter, a 15-year low, as Americans continued to resume in-store shopping. Asking rents for shopping center spaces during the quarter were 16% higher than five years ago, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday (Oct. 4), citing figures from commercial real estate broker […]
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Nestlé Confectionery has announced sustainable packaging innovations for two of its best-loved brands – Quality Street and KitKat. In a category first, Quality Street will move to recyclable paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets. By replacing the double layer of foil and cellulose with a paper wrap, Quality Street will remove more than two billion […]
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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]