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The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success

The Coca Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company selling more than 500 brands of soft drink to customers in over 200 countries. Every single day the world consumes more that 1.9 billion servings of their drinks including brands like Coca Cola (including Diet and Zero) as well as Fanta, …

Artificial Intelligence

The future of retail is tiny stores everywhere that sell exactly what you need

Americans hate waiting. That’s why the US has drive-through fast-food chains, drive-through pharmacies, and drive-through ATMs. Why bother moving your legs slightly if not leaving your car is an option?<p>But over the last decade or so, as internet shopping has become increasingly simple, many …

University of California

Amazon is already selling some prepared ‘Amazon Meal Kits’

Based just on trademark filings and reported plans, Amazon’s potential entry into the prepared meal kit market has had a significant impact on freshly-IPO’d Blue Apron’s stock price. Now, however, we know that Amazon is actually already testing its own “Amazon Meal Kits,” thanks to a customer in …

Selling

Ask Ethan: If The Universe Is Expanding, Why Aren't We?

One of the biggest scientific surprises of the 20th century was the discovery that the Universe itself is expanding. Distant galaxies recede from us and from one another more quickly than the nearby ones, as though the fabric of space itself is being stretched. On the largest scales, the matter and …

Black Holes

Can Procter & Gamble Find Its Aim Again?

<b>By Jennifer Reingold</b><p>Photo: Steve Wisbauer—Getty Images<p>June 9, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>It’s been a humbling decade for the consumer products giant. Now</i> …

Is Brick-And-Mortar Obsolete?

Do we really need physical storefronts anymore? At a time when it’s so much easier to head online to place an order for everything from pizza to pens to shoes, shirts, and sofas, under what circumstances do we absolutely have to leave home and stand in line at a store to make a purchase?<p>Turns out, …

A Look Inside Amazon's Two-Hour Delivery Warehouse... In Midtown Manhattan

In a nondescript office building opposite New York’s Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan, there’s a gleaming white lobby. Its aggressive …

Here's How Amazon Is Flexing Its Muscle in Air Cargo

A cargo plane emblazoned with “Prime Air” descended from an empty sky at Lehigh Valley International Airport on Tuesday, ninety minutes from the …

In-Store Pickup Could Be Retail's Secret Weapon Against Amazon

It's time for traditional retailers to prove that one of their biggest advantages over Amazon can, in fact, deliver.<p>After last year stumbling through the first real test for in-store pickup, the retail service will come under even more pressure this holiday, as more Americans do their shopping …

eCommerce

2,000 Amazon Food Stores Wouldn't Disrupt The Grocery Business -- And Might Not Succeed

The unconfirmed reports that Amazon is planning to build 2,000 food stores within ten years here in the U.S., beginning with a pilot program of 20 stores by the end of 2018, has the grocery industry in a tizzy. The stores will reportedly be under the Amazon Fresh banner and will be tested in two …

How To Improve Online Grocery: Learning From Kroger, Walmart

We can’t squeeze a digital lemon, can’t smell a two-dimensional baguette and, no matter how hard we might try, can’t sample a cyber smoked ham. But should that mean online grocery delivery is dead in the water?<p>I suspect not. But recent figures are not encouraging. Online grocery shopping, what one …

Aldi is fixing a major weakness and coming straight for Whole Foods

Aldi debuted the new design this month at a store in Richmond, Virginia, and it looks almost identical to Whole Foods' new cheaper chain of stores called 365 by Whole Foods.<p>The Aldi store has softer lighting than its older stores, as well as a larger fresh produce section, wider aisles, and …

Amazon Wants to Scan Your License Plate

Identifying cars would help it speed up pickup times at brick-and-mortar stores—but it could use the information to track your location.<p>A drive-through for your groceries: According to a report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i><i>,</i> that’s one of Amazon’s many ambitions for the next version of its …

eCommerce

Large CPGs Under Attack by Startups...and Consumers Are Winning

By Erika Malzberg • September 28, 2016<p>by Tien Tzuo, CEO of Zuora.<p>Originally published in TechCrunch.<p>Consumer packaged goods are big business — valued …

Innovation

How to Create Stunning Architecture Photography by Painting with Light

My name is Mike Kelley. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and see incredible architecture while working for hotels, architects, designers, …

Why 2016 Has Been a Lousy Year For Restaurants

The bill is looking a little light for the restaurant industry in 2016.<p>As economic uncertainty and falling grocery prices pressure the industry, U.S. …

Wal-Mart's $3.3 Billion Buy Can't Counter Amazon's Greatest Strength

<b>Wal-Mart</b> (NYSE: WMT) recently agreed to buye-commerce start-up Jet.com for $3.3 billion in a pricey attempt to challenge <b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN). Jet.com was founded two years ago, and its site is just over a year old. The company initially sold products at break-even prices for a $50-per-year …

Why 'Grocerants' Are The Future Of Food Shopping

In hindsight, the portmanteau was kind of inevitable. A year after consumer spending on restaurants finally surpassed grocery sales, evidence in two new reports is suggesting that neither restaurants nor grocery stores are the future of food shopping. Instead, what could dominate is a hybrid of the …