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Seven o'clock is peak time for pizza

<b>Seven o'clock in the evening is a global sweet spot for wanting to order take-away food, says an international study of internet traffic.</b><p>Academics have examined patterns of looking for food online, such as pizza or Chinese meals, across the UK, US, Canada, Australia and India.<p>They found that a …

Aberdeen

The Most Creative Teams Have a Specific Type of Cultural Diversity

Culturally diverse teams, research shows, can help deliver better outcomes in today’s organizations. This is largely a good thing: Diverse teams have the potential to be more creative because of the breadth of information, ideas, and perspectives that members can bring to the table. But these teams …

Multiculturalism

Waymo’s autonomous vehicles are driving 25,000 miles every day

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles.<p>Waymo CEO John Krafcik shared the company’s milestone Friday while onstage with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at the National …

Autonomous Vehicle

Walmart acquiring Shopify is no longer a laughable idea

<i>Update: This article has been updated to indicate that Amazon has $25 billion in cash to deploy.</i><p>As competition between Walmart and Amazon intensifies, the acquisition of Shopify’s merchant marketplace may be the boost that the Walton family’s juggernaut needs to move ahead.<p>In May this year, Amazon …

eCommerce

Deliveroo's new contracts shift liability to workers, riders allege

Deliveroo's riders have until the end of Friday (July 20) to sign a new contract or risk losing their jobs, after the company admitted it lost their …

Deliveroo threatens to terminate workers after losing their contracts

Deliveroo has lost an undisclosed number of its workers' contracts and has threatened to suspend some of them from getting future work on its app.<p>The …

Amazon's European workers strike as Prime promotion continues

<b>Amazon workers in a number of European countries are taking industrial action to coincide with the internet retail giant's Prime promotion event.</b><p>On Tuesday, thousands of staff at warehouses in Germany will walk out to demand better conditions, joining those taking action in Spain and Poland.<p>Germany …

Yes, open office plans are the worst

If you’re endlessly distracted by your co-workers in the gaping open office space you all share, you’re not alone. Compared to traditional office spaces, face-to-face interaction in open office spaces is down 70 percent with resulting slips in productivity, according to Harvard researchers in a new …

Deliveroo opens its first shared kitchen in Paris

Food delivery startup Deliveroo opened its first shared kitchen in Paris earlier today. Deliveroo first launched this concept of shared kitchens called Deliveroo Editions in London last year.<p>As the AFP reports, the company is starting with 12 kitchens in a warehouse in Saint-Ouen, right next to the …

California’s new online cancellation law benefits many disgruntled subscribers in other places, too

A new California law that went into effect on July 1 will make it much easier for people to cancel subscriptions online. Since the bill, sponsored by State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), includes all services that have paying customers in the state, it will also benefit dissatisfied customers in …

Iceland tops supermarket satisfaction list

<b>Iceland has been named the UK's top supermarket for customer satisfaction for the first time.</b><p>The UK Customer Satisfaction Index surveys 10,000 consumers, is released twice a year, and covers all types of business.<p>Iceland came 10th overall - the highest performing food retailer - while the online …

Customer Service

The brains behind one of marketing’s biggest hits are out to reshape the industry again… with direct mail

Postie, a new Los Angeles-based startup, has a vision for the future of advertising and marketing — and it’s direct mail.<p>Founded by some of the men responsible for the biggest hits in online marketing (like the Dollar Shave Club commercial that launched what became a billion-dollar acquisition) …

How UK shoppers fell in love with own-label groceries

<b>"I prefer to buy own-label," says Atusa Salimi, 31, walking out of her local Tesco with a bag of shopping. "It's the price."</b><p>Although in all honesty, when it comes to something like a tin of tomatoes, she can't tell the difference, she says.<p>Atusa, a data analyst in London, speaks for a lot of us, it …

Amazon launches a last-mile delivery program powered by entrepreneurs

Amazon has gotten flack in the past for some of the challenges its crowdsourced “last-mile” delivery drivers face, but now it’s offering those with entrepreneurial ambitions the option to do more. Instead of showing up for gig work, drivers can opt for a new program where Amazon helps them …

Fuzzy Pet Health launches a $10-per-month telemedicine vet care plan

A new subscription service will now let you chat with a vet from your smartphone for $10 per month. This telemedicine vet care plan is the latest from Fuzzy Pet Health, a subscription vet care service providing in-home vet visits to subscribers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. But while …

Taster creates restaurants for Deliveroo and UberEats

French startup Taster, formerly known as Mission Food, is building restaurants around big cities specifically for Deliveroo, UberEats and Glovo. These restaurants don’t have any tables, they’re all about serving food on online platforms.<p>The startup just raised a $4 million funding round led by …

Seattle gets its first staffed Amazon pickup delivery hub

You’d think Seattle would be first in line for all things Amazon, but apparently the online retailer’s home city didn’t yet have a dedicated brick and mortar Amazon pickup location.<p>The locations function as little centralized Amazon shipping hubs for normal pickups and returns, but they also enable …

Tesla Model S battery reignited twice after fatal Florida crash, says NTSB

The battery in a 2014 Tesla Model S reignited two times after it was involved in a fatal and high-speed crash in Florida in May, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Tuesday.<p>The NTSB report said the electric vehicle was traveling 116 miles per hour three …

Taste test: Burger robot startup Creator opens first restaurant

Creator’s transparent burger robot doesn’t grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That’s just one way this startup, formerly known as Momentum Machines, wants to serve the world’s freshest cheeseburger for just $6. On June 27th, after eight years in development, …

MPs to investigate 'fast fashion' impact

<b>The rise of cheap, disposable clothes and their impact on the environment will be investigated by MPs.</b><p>'Fast fashion', worn a few times before being dumped, can add to landfill, release toxic chemicals in production and plastic fibres in the wash.<p>The Commons environmental audit committee will look …

StreetCred is building a blockchain-based marketplace for location data

While applications like Google Maps and Yelp seem to provide an inexhaustible source of information about local restaurants, stores and other points of interest, they also can come up short — moments when you arrive somewhere only to discover that the hours you had were wrong, or the store is …

ezCater raises $100M as it looks to own office-catered meals around the world

Everyone at the office needs lunch (or in some cases dinner) — but for salespeople trying to entice a potential lead or convince an architect to pick up their project, they might need to use a free meal as a bit of a lure to get them in the room to make that pitch.<p>It was a problem that Stefania …

VCs serve up a large helping of cash to startups disrupting food

Here is what your daily menu might look like if recently funded startups have their way.<p>You’ll start the day with a nice, lightly caffeinated cup of cheese tea. Chase away your hangover with a cold bottle of liver-boosting supplement. Then slice up a few strawberries, fresh-picked from the corner …

Kiwi’s robots deliver food to hungry Berkeley students

There are Kiwi robots everywhere when we arrive at the SkyDeck headquarters. The floors of U.C. Berkeley’s accelerator are lined with the things, with the startup’s small team frantically working to get them up and running in corner of the space.<p>The robots have become a familiar sight to anyone …

Tomorrow's Cities: Dubai and China roll out urban robots

<b>It is a terrifying vision of the future - a robot police officer with dark eyes and no discernible mouth that can identify criminals and collect evidence.</b><p>The robocop, complete with police hat to give it that eerie uncanny valley feel, was shown off outside the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, …

Google bans AI for weapon use

<b>Google has promised not to use AI for weapons, following protests over its partnership with the US military.</b><p>A decision to provide machine-learning tools to analyse drone footage caused some employees to resign.<p>Google told employees last week it would not renew its contract with the US Department of …

Should Your Company Implement a Holacracy Organization Model?

Millennials are pushing for it in the workplace. Companies like online shoe and apparel shop Zappos are already operating under it. Tomorrow’s …

Amazon begins nationwide expansion of Whole Foods discounts for Prime members

Amazon introduced 10 percent savings at Whole Foods for Prime members earlier this month, and today it kicked off a nationwide expansion of the initiative.<p>The Prime Whole Foods discount — one of a number of measures following Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods — covers savings on featured products …

Alibaba reveals new driverless delivery bot

<b>Chinese retail giant Alibaba has unveiled a new automated vehicle which it says is easy to mass-produce and could serve a number of functions.</b><p>These could include delivery courier or automated coffee vendor, it said.<p>The Cainiao G Plus can travel at up to nine miles per hour, reports The Verge news …

Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

<b>Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.</b><p>When a "normal" algorithm generated by artificial intelligence is asked what it sees in an abstract shape it chooses something cheery: "A group of …