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As More Grocers Embrace Tech, Swiftly Snags $15M to Launch in Seattle

[Updated 9/12/19 1:10 p.m. See below.] Swiftly, a Seattle-based startup developing software to provide discounts and rewards for buying goods at grocery stores, exited stealth mode this week with an announcement it has raised more than $15 million in outside investment. The company, which has been keeping many details about its business under wraps, launched in […]

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Grocer H-E-B Explores Autonomous Delivery With SF-Area Startup Udelv

San Antonio — Pretty soon, the milkman may be making a comeback—at least, a robotic version. San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B is beginning a pilot program later this year to test out using an autonomous vehicle for grocery delivery. H-E-B plans to test one self-driving vehicle in a single San Antonio neighborhood, Olmos Park. The company […]

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Dave, More Chips on Aisle 3: Walmart Opens AI-Enabled Store in NY

Walmart has unveiled its “store of the future,” which uses artificial intelligence-enabled cameras to tip off employees when products need to be replenished on shelves or expired meat and produce needs to be replaced. The “Intelligent Retail Lab,” or IRL as the retailer calls it, has been installed at an existing Walmart store in Levittown, […]

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Spatial.ai’s Geosocial Datasets Capture a Community’s Personality

Even with all that we’ve learned since 2016 about weak protections on consumer data privacy in the United States, people still love social media and reveal a ton of personal information in the course of all that posting, sharing, and liking. The insights gleaned from the wealth of social media data are fueling a number […]

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It’s Not You, It’s Your Officials: Amazon Cancels HQ Plan for NYC

[Updated, 02/15/19, 8:50 CT] After a whirlwind courtship and brief engagement, Amazon has broken off its plans to establish another headquarters in New York’s Long Island City neighborhood. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) rationalized its Valentine’s Day breakup with the Big Apple by saying that the problem was state and local officials, not New Yorkers themselves. A […]

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Microsoft, Kroger Advance Grocery Tech to Fend Off Amazon

From the cloud on down to the floors of supermarkets, the rivalry between Microsoft and Amazon spans many sectors in software, gadgets, and increasingly, retail. The Seattle-area tech giants are battling—both with one another, and other competitors—to further digitize grocery shopping. The latest salvo came on Monday from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which announced new details […]

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Plant-Based Burger Maker Beyond Meat Cooks Up Plans for an IPO

We’ll soon find out if Wall Street has the appetite for investing in alternative meat technology. Beyond Meat, a maker of plant-based meat products, has filed for an IPO. The El Segundo, CA-based company set a preliminary target of $100 million for the stock offering, a figure that will likely change as the company moves […]

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Amazon Reportedly Picks HQ2 City—and, in Surprise, Another for HQ3

Amazon is reportedly choosing two cities, not one, for its second headquarters, according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is working on a deal to move into both the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and the Crystal City neighborhood of […]

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Conversable, Impact Hub, data.world, Localeur, ACC & More TX Tech

Let’s get caught up with the latest innovation news in Texas. —Conversable, maker of an AI-enabled chatbot technology, has been acquired by LivePerson, a New York-based provider of mobile and online messaging software. Among the customers of Conversable, which is based in Austin and Dallas, are Whole Foods and TGI Fridays. “Conversational commerce is about […]

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San Antonio Grocer HEB Announces New Digital Lab in Austin

Austin—HEB said Wednesday it is opening what the grocer calls an innovation center to house both HEB’s growing digital team and the staff of Favor, a delivery startup HEB purchased earlier this year. “This state-of-the-art space will be a hub for creativity and innovation as we continue to develop the ultimate digital experience for our […]

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