Saturn, the largest consumer electronics retailer in Europe, is unveiling a cashier-less shopping feature; it allows users to check out via mobile with the assistance of MishiPay. The program will begin in the retailer's Hamburg store, where consumers will be able to use their smartphones to scan and pay for more than 100,000 items.
Eatsa technically was a fast-casual restaurant concept when it launched in 2015, but the automated model always was more of a tech startup, CEO Tim Young said. While Eatsa's restaurants have closed, other growing chains, including Wow Bao and Mac'd, are licensing Eatsa's technology as they expand.
Delivery-only concepts called "virtual restaurants" are poised to grow along with consumers' demand for convenience, according to NPD Group. Third-party delivery services, including Deliveroo and Uber Eats, are paving the way for the fast-growing concepts.
The growing importance of IT in the restaurant business is changing the role of industry executives, according to a panel at the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Innovation Summit. "There is no earnings call in the world today where technology is not basically No. 1 or 2 in every list," said Adrian Butler, chief information officer at Dine Brands Global.
Maple Media has added to its portfolio with the acquisition of rights to games from Banana & Co. Maple, a mobile advertising company, describes the acquisition as a good fit and a way to build on its current mobile strategy.
Utility customers in Boulder, Colo., now have mobile options for handling their bills and monitoring their accounts. Apps are available for both Android and iOS devices, and customers can also use an online portal.
Burger King has found a creative way to get customers to download and use its app. Customers within 600 feet of a McDonald's can use the app for directions to the nearest Burger King at which they can claim a one-cent burger in a one-time offer good until Dec. 12.
Smart plug maker ConnectSense is releasing the Smart Outlet 2, which will offer two Wi-Fi-connected sockets for monitoring and controlling smart home devices. The smart plug works with a wide range of platforms, including Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant.
Newly launched "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" offers a mode allowing for better single-user play. The "spirits" mode comes from a game-play feature that allows users to collect and equip characters to improve their own skills.