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Robot Comes Ready To Banish More Human Workers From Retail Stores

Silicon Valley startup Simbe Robotics introduced Tally, a robot designed to help retail companies monitor their store shelves. Designed to perform inventory tasks faster than humans can do, the robot can finish scanning a CVS, Walgreens, or a small grocery store in 30 to 40 minutes, according to CEO Brad Bogolea. Tally can record data on 15,000 to 20,000 products in an hour, Bogolea said. Simbe Robotics is selling Tally as a service and is considering selling the information it gathers from store shelves.

"Why this robot may soon be cruising down your grocery store’s aisles", The Washington Post, November 10, 2015

Companies, Organizations  

Unilever Uses Company’s Crowdsourcing Engine To Power Sustainability Foundry

Crowdsourcing software vendor Spigit says it is working with Unilever Foundry to help the company attract and connect innovators in sustainability. California-based Spigit is the Software-as-a-Solution (SaaS) platform that provides a single entry-point and connection mechanism for individuals, start-up companies and corporations who want to partner with Unilever Foundry and tackle its “challenges.” Applicants submit ideas to: improve global nutrition, imagine the “shower of the future,” boost access to toilet and sanitation solutions, and reinvent the laundry process to use less water. Since its founding in June 2015, Unilever Foundry IDEAS has received 300 proposals from entrepreneurs around the world.

"Spigit Powers Unilever Foundry IDEAS Innovation Platform", News release, Spigit, December 03, 2015

Japanese Chemical Company's New Fiber Paves Way For Wearable Skin Care

Teijin Frontier, a subsidiary of Teijin Ltd., developed a new textile fiber, which contains a skincare ingredient. Described as a “wearable cosmetics” clothing range, the polyester fibers contain malic acid that helps retain the skin’s low acidity to keep the skin healthy. Also, the fiber releases compounds that interact with the skin’s moisture to improve beauty.

"Japanese chemical maker develops fiber for "wearable cosmetics"", Global Post, December 01, 2015

General Mills Hopes Investing In Small Start-Ups Will Pay Off Big

General Mills has changed the strategy for its internal new venture development unit 301 Inc. The three-year-old unit will emphasize investment in small regional start-ups that have the potential to make big – and innovative – waves in the food industry. The idea is to provide capital to the start-ups to help smooth their way to significant market share. One example of the new strategy involves plant-based food maker Beyond Meat. General Mills took a minority stake in the company two years ago, and since then has helped it solve supply chain challenges. Beyond Meat is working on new products that General Mills hopes will reach grocery shelves early next year.

"General Mills is starting a VC for food startups", Fortune, October 22, 2015

A South Korean billionaire who tests his own make-up

The Financial Times, December 07, 2015

Smart products, smart makers

The Economist , November 21, 2015

Get More Innovative by Rethinking the Way You Think

Harvard Business Review, November 05, 2015

Innovation & New Ideas  

Chip In A Bottle Heralds New Era Of Smart, Reusable, Drink Containers

An Australian company whose goal is to reduce the tons of waste generated by disposable coffee and other beverage cups has developed a “SmartBottle.” An  embedded chip allows a merchant to scan the owner’s bank information prior to filling. The SmartBottle can hold cold or hot drinks; it fits in handbags, backpacks, car cup holders and bike bottle holders. The SmartBottle is available online in several colors for $25.28.

"‘SmartBottle’ allows customers to fill up and pay with bottle’s microchip", Australian Food News, November 18, 2015

Kroger Creates Grocery Store Designed For The Future

Kroger expanded its Click List click-and-collect service to cover 184 stores. Based on the Express Lane online ordering platform developed by Harris Teeter, a grocery chain acquired by the company in 2014, Click List allows convenience-minded customers to buy groceries online, then pay and collect their goods at a pickup window at an appointed time. Kroger’s previous technology investments include QueVision, a technology platform that uses sensors and predictive analysis. Installed in 2012, QueVision keeps store managers updated about the number of customers currently in the store, in real time.

"Kroger is building the grocery store of the future", Business Insider, November 08, 2015

Beauty Inc Awards: Digital Innovator of the Year

Women’s Wear Daily, December 10, 2015

Four ways service firms can innovate

The Globe and Mail, December 03, 2015

What Is Disruptive Innovation?

Harvard Business Review, December 01, 2015

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