SAN FRANSCISO NOW HAS A CASHIERLESS CONVENIENCE STORE
Step aside, Amazon Go. Zippin is a new entrant to this type of retail, and like others, it requires shoppers to use an app to access the store and pay for items as they are picked up from the shelf. While the store gets up and running, it is only open a few hours per day and only available to those who work in the Salesforce Tower. The store will expand hours and open to the public later in the year.
Full article from Retail Touchpoints
COFFEE DELIVERY TAKES TO THE SKIES
IBM has patented a coffee delivery drone system. The drone would be able to monitor the temperature of the coffee and heat it if necessary. A drone-controlled tube could dispense milk and sugar as well. The really interesting part is that the drone could determine who needs the coffee through a variety of measures: time of day, biometrics, blood pressure, pupil dilation, factual expression analysis, the time an individual woke up in the morning or gesture analysis. If a drone runs out of coffee, it could summon another drone to the scene with more coffee or could have the people on the ground bid for its remaining coffee.
Full article from Mediapost
PERSONALIZED NUTRITION HAS ARRIVED IN AN ALL-NEW APP
Pinto is a new app that allows shoppers to get a personalized nutrition label from any food product they scan. The app database is able to recognize 85% of the most popular food products sold in the U.S. (around 100,000 items). The data science engine takes all the raw nutritional information and classifies it against specific ingredients and nutritional information the user cares about. For example, if the shopper is diabetic, the app can scan for added sugars and compare how many grams of fiber versus carbs the product has.
Full article from Fast Company