Walmart's Blockchain Technology Can Give Consumers Product Traceability

Walmart's Blockchain Technology Can Give Consumers Product Traceability
  • Bitcoin’s blockchain technology is making it’s way into the foodservice industry.

  • As an example, Walmart and tech giant, IBM, have partnered together to create a digital system providing food traceability to consumers.

You’ve probably heard about blockchain as it was initially developed for, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. But now the technology in the cryptocurrency context is being developed for the food service industry.

Blockchain as defined by Investopedia is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central record keeping. Each node (a computer connected to the network) gets a copy of the blockchain, which is downloaded automatically.

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Amazon to Pay Warehouse Workers New $15 an Hour Minimum Wage

Amazon to Pay Warehouse Workers New $15 an Hour Minimum Wage

The tech giant Amazon announced on Tuesday that it will be raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, effective on November 1st.

About 350,000 full-time, part-time, and seasonal workers for the E-commerce giant will be given the increased wage–some of which were making $11 an hour.

This discussion is no coincidence as the company was criticized recently by lawmakers (mostly liberal Democrats) for some of its workers still being dependent on public assistance.

"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO in a statement. "We're excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us."

"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has emerged as a fierce critic of Amazon's treatment of its workers. Last month, Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) introduced the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act, or Stop BEZOS Act, aimed at curbing the number of corporate employees on welfare. The measure would impose a tax on large companies to compensate the government when their employees rely on federal assistance programs like food stamps," writes "Politico."

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Bar Technology Solves for Over Pouring and Keeping Up With Consumer Trends

Bar Technology Solves for Over Pouring and Keeping Up With Consumer Trends
  • The latest bar technology is helping to decrease bar profit loss.

  • Ultrasound technology, self-pouring machines, automation, and virtual reality make managing a successful bar easier.

Managing a successful bar may look easy, but there really is more to it than pouring drinks. The pressure isn’t just on the cocktail selections and beer list either. You need to factor in the latest trends to stay relevant and frequented. Social media and technology can make or break a business, so Foodable researched some of the latest bar technology to help keep you afloat.

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Amazon Plans to Open Up to 3,000 Cashier-Less Convenience Stores by 2020

Amazon Plans to Open Up to 3,000 Cashier-Less Convenience Stores by 2020

Watch out 7-Eleven and CVS, Amazon is making an aggressive push into the convenience store industry.

The tech giant's brick-and-mortar concept Amazon Go already has three stores open with two in Seattle and one in Chicago, but the company has plans to roll out as many as 3,000 by 2020, according to "Bloomberg."

These stores are fueled strictly by technology. There are no human cashiers or even kiosks. Thanks to sensors and automation software, a customer can shop and checkout with minimal effort.

"Customers scan their Amazon accounts with their smartphones when walking in, and from there they can shop for sandwiches, salads, groceries, and household goods. Sensors and software that’s trained to analyze and perceive what items get removed from shelves are able to update your shopping cart in real time, while checkout happens automatically once you leave the store," writes "The Verge."

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Artificial Intelligence Is Primed To Drive Economic Growth In Food Service

Artificial Intelligence Is Primed To Drive Economic Growth In Food Service
  • AI Is Predicted to be a Major Player in Economic Growth Over The Next Decade in Food Service.

  • “56 percent of consumers today are ready to order meals using voice…” Says Ted Cohn of Orderscape.

In this episode of The Takeout Delivery and Catering Show, Valerie and Erle talk with Ted Cohn, Co-Founder, and CTO at Orderscape Inc, to talk about AI in food service. AI is predicted to be a major player in economic growth over the next decade in food service.

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Are Some Amazon Employees Accepting Bribes From Merchants?

Are Some Amazon Employees Accepting Bribes From Merchants?

The tech giant Amazon is investigating if independent merchants using the platform are bribing Amazon staff members in exchange for data, according to a recent report from the "Wall Street Journal."

"In exchange for payments ranging from roughly $80 to more than $2,000, brokers for Amazon employees in Shenzhen are offering internal sales metrics and reviewers’ email addresses, as well as a service to delete negative reviews and restore banned Amazon accounts, the people said," writes "The WSJ."

The illegal practice is primarily occurring in China due to the large number of sellers in the country. Also since Amazon's Chinese employees get paid smaller salaries, they are more likely to accept kickbacks.

With the help of third-party brokers, the employees are recruited on apps like WeChat where they are offered deals like for $1500, the employee will delete at least five negative reviews.

Other deals include in exchange for a monetary amount, the merchant will be given the mail addresses of reviewers or the Amazon employee will restore a ban on an account.

However, Amazon is looking into the illegal activity.

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Can the Start-up Galley Enhance the Back-of-House Tech With the Help of Google's Former Chef?

Can the Start-up Galley Enhance the Back-of-House Tech With the Help of Google's Former Chef?

Although the front of house in restaurants across the country has seen significant enhancements in technology in the last few years, the systems in the back of house are still playing catch-up.

From doing the inventory to recipe storing, a lot of operators have not transitioned to digital platforms.

“Sometimes kitchen recipes are handwritten in notebooks that chefs keep in their pockets,” said chef Shawn Quaid, who managed eight restaurants at the shared kitchen Green Summit. “Sometimes recipes are dog-eared in binders or coffee-stained on clipboards hanging in the kitchens.”

No one knows this better than Nate Keller, the former executive chef at Google, who used to manage the massive kitchen operations using a spreadsheet, while ironically working at one of the biggest technology companies.

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Automation, the Latest Pizza Technology Alleviating Labor

Automation, the Latest Pizza Technology Alleviating Labor
  • Automation is integrating into restaurant kitchens in an effort to lessen staff pressures.

  • The new technological advancement is allowing kitchens to increase production.

Robots in the kitchen, sounds like a dream right? Well 2018 brings the dawn of a new era in the food service industry, automation.

Automation as defined by Techopedia is the creation of technology and its application in order to control and monitor the production and delivery of various goods and services.

One particular area that’s booming for foodservice automation, is pizza.

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Toyota Invests $500 Million in Deal with Uber to Develop Self-Driving Cars

Toyota Invests $500 Million in Deal with Uber to Develop Self-Driving Cars

On Monday, the "Wall Street Journal" reported that the Japanese automotive manufacturing giant Toyota has invested $500 million into the ridesharing transportation company Uber to expand its self-driving car program.

"Since 2015, we’ve been working to bring safe, reliable self-driving technology to the Uber network. We knew we couldn’t do it alone, which is why we continue to partner with world-class vehicle manufacturers to make our vision a reality," said Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber’s self-driving unit in a statement. "Today, we’re taking our relationship with Toyota Motor Corporation to new heights—and while this isn’t our first automotive partnership, we’re taking a new approach. As part of this partnership, we’ll supply our proprietary self-driving system to Toyota Sienna Minivans."

Uber has been at the forefront of developing this technology, but in March, the self-driving program was suspended after a woman who was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona was hit and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle.

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How AI is Being Used to Reduce Food Waste

How AI is Being Used to Reduce Food Waste

A consistent influx of food waste is an inevitable problem for food businesses. 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, which is roughly $1 trillion, according to the "Food Tank."

Luckily, today, we have more technology companies developing solutions to try to limit food waste. 

Hospitals and their programs, in particular, produce a significant amount of food waste. When patients aren't eating, not only is there more food waste but there is also health implications. 

With that in mind, the Japanese company Hitachi is partnering a hospital to use artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor food waste.

This data helps to improve the hospital's meal preparation while also relieving the burden on nurses to check these leftovers. 

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