Leslie Patton Bloomberg Published 9:54 AM EDT Sep 10, 2019 McDonald’s Corp. is making a bet it can automate the task of taking drive-thru orders. The world’s biggest restaurant company is buying startup Apprente Inc., a developer of voice-recognition technology for use in the restaurant industry, to help speed up lines. The idea is to eventually have a machine, instead of a person, on the other side of the intercom to relay orders to kitchen staff. In Chicago-area restaurants where the system is already being tested, employees still oversee drive-thru order-taking and can step in when needed. The acquisition is McDonald’s third tech deal in the past six months, and fits into the company’s push to lean more heavily on machines and artificial intelligence to boost sales. McDonald’s is also using Apprente’s headquarters in Mountain View, California – also home to Google owner Alphabet Inc. – to start a tech lab, with plans to add … [Read more...] about McDonald’s buys startup to add automated drive-thru ordering
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Nellie Bowles, New York Times Published 12:53 pm PDT, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Available trees marked with ribbons, indicating the type and size of the trees, at a location of Better Place Forests, a start-up offering forest burial, in Santa Cruz, Calif., May 23, 2019. The company is buying forests, arranging conservation easements intended to prevent the land from ever being developed, and then selling people the right to have their cremated remains mixed with fertilizer and fed to a particular tree. (Christie Hemm Klok/The New York Times) less Available trees marked with ribbons, indicating the type and size of the trees, at a location of Better Place Forests, a start-up offering forest burial, in Santa Cruz, Calif., May 23, 2019. The company is ... more Photo: Christie Hemm Klok, NYT Photo: … [Read more...] about Would You Like to Spend Forever in This Tree?
The two on-demand mobile beauty service apps (with fans such as Natalie Portman and Mariah Carey) unite to become a top player in the market; last month, Paris Hilton invested in The Glam App. On Monday, June 10, on-demand beauty companies Priv and beGlammed reveal their business merger under the existing title Priv. Operating in a combined 32 cities (including their top revenue-driving markets Los Angeles and New York), the new Priv business will continue to offer in-home hair, makeup, nail, spa, fitness and grooming services for both women and men as well as a remodeled online experience for both their customers and their network of over 30,000 beauty professionals. The companies, both founded in 2014, have raised more than $15 million with investors from the U.S. and Europe and garnered interest from Hollywood. Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey and Joe Jonas have been known to tap the beGlammed app, while NBCUniversal owns a majority stake in Priv allowing the company to provide … [Read more...] about Mobile Beauty Apps Priv and BeGlammed Merge
Jung Yoon Kim Associated Press Published 9:17 AM EDT Jun 6, 2019 Seoul, South Korea – Are robot baristas the future of South Korea’s vibrant coffee culture? Dal.komm Coffee thinks so. The company now has 45 robot-equipped outlets in shopping malls, company cafeterias, schools and an airport. Coffee is just one of many industries that could be transformed by automated services in this tech-forward nation, a notion both exciting and worrisome as jobs become scarcer. South Korean industries, including restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, banks and manufacturers, are relying increasingly on robots and other automation. But not without consequence: Many Koreans, especially the young, are struggling to find work. At a Dal.komm Coffee shop in Seoul, a robot barista takes orders remotely through a mobile app or kiosk cashier and then brews fresh coffee. Less than a minute later, the robot sends a 4-digit code the customer can use to open a pick-up box. The robot … [Read more...] about Robot baristas are latest front in South Korea automation push
By Donna Littlejohn | [email protected] | Daily BreezePUBLISHED: April 16, 2019 at 8:42 am | UPDATED: April 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm A battle brewing between two waterfront powerhouses — terminal operators and the union workers they pay and employ — quickly gained more steam Tuesday, April 16, when a vote on port automation was delayed for a second time at the request of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti sent a letter to the Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners ahead of the Tuesday morning meeting requesting a 30-day postponement while he continues brokering talks between the two parties, which are at loggerheads over a permit application — with jobs and possibly the Port of L.A.’s future at stake. After years of relative peace in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — contract talks don’t come around again until 2021 — the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has mobilized to fight what it sees as a direct threat to jobs. … [Read more...] about Vote postponed after Longshore workers march to LA Harbor Commissioners meeting voice concerns about automation