WALMART WELCOMES BLENDID ROBOT TO CALIFORNIA STORE
Charting new grounds in offering more contactless experiences, Walmart is bringing a smoothie-making robot to customers in Fremont, California. This fully automated robot uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to customize drinks in real time. Walmart customers simply walk up and use their smartphone to order through the Blendid app—then watch the robotic arm get to work. Food-making robots are quickly picking up popularity among restaurants, fast-food chains and even a few grocery stores, like Heinen’s and ShopRite. The question stands though: Is this the future or just another temporary coronavirus safety measure?
BARKBOX HARKENS BACK TO HOLIDAY CLASSICS
From Peanuts-themed toys and treats to Home Alone chew toys, BarkBox is throwing it back for the holidays. Its monthly subscription boxes have been a hit this year with new pet parents who decided to bring home a “pandemic pet” to keep them company while staying at home. Interestingly enough, holiday pet spending is set to remain steady this season even though the national shopping average is down $50 overall. For more holiday shopping facts, check out our holiday card.
SNAPCHAT IS ARRIVING AT KOHL’S TO HELP YOU SHOP
Collaborating with Snapchat, Kohl’s introduced its Virtual Closet to let shoppers virtually try on and buy clothes without leaving home—or the Snapchat app itself. This digital experience launched in May 2020 and has since helped Kohl’s build relationships with millennial and Gen Z shoppers, who make up a big part of the Snapchat community. What digital or augmented reality experiences have you tried since the pandemic started?