Starbucks teams with Amazon for cashierless store
A new location in New York City combines Starbucks with an Amazon Go store. Customers place their order from Starbucks’ full menu in-app and then pick it up at the store’s counter. Additional food and beverage items, curated from Amazon Go, are available for shoppers to purchase and take away with them; customers’ accounts are charged “within a few hours.” In 2022, the two companies plan to open additional locations together.
Corona gets its own island
After years of urging beer-drinkers to “find their beach,” Corona has a stretch of sand to call its own. Corona Island, located in the Caribbean, features buildings constructed with materials that are 100% natural, as the brand aims to reduce its environmental impact. Attendance on the island will be exclusive to sweepstakes and auction winners. Experiences on the island will include sustainability workshops, guided meditations using the island’s natural sounds, and a culinary program focused on the region’s plants and wildlife.
CVS adds prescriptions that speak
CVS has rolled out Spoken Rx to its app and “nearly 10,000 pharmacy locations,” including 1,700 inside Target stores. The new feature benefits those who have visual impairments or have difficulty reading standard prescription labels. By navigating to the new Spoken Rx tab in the pharmacy’s app, shoppers are able to scan an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag on any CVS prescription to have their medication information and directions “read aloud in either English or Spanish” by their iPhone or Android.