251: Walmart, Ford, and Argo Are Piloting Self-Driving Cars For Delivery

Walmart’s partnership with Ford and Argo AI is part of the retailer’s ongoing experimentation with autonomous deliveries and its efforts to improve its deliveries overall. The company noted in its press release that it tested autonomous deliveries with Ford in Miami back in 2018. Listen to the briefing to hear how this huge retailer is addressing that very tricky “last mile” of the delivery journey.

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250: Uber Eats and Postmates Launch Tiered Pricing

Pricing is one of the “P’s” of the marketing mix and food delivery companies are using it to their advantage. Allowing operators to scale up or down could help smaller restaurants that rely on third-party apps as a solid revenue stream. Tiered pricing could also help third-party apps preserve their customer bases as more consumers order directly from restaurants’ channels to save money.  Listen to the briefing to hear how tiered pricing will work for the delivery companies.

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249: Delivery Companies Are Suing New York City

Delivery platforms DoorDash, GrubHub, Caviar, Seamless, Postmates and Uber Eats sued New York City on Thursday over the Big Apple’s permanent 15% delivery fee cap, which the city passed in August. Listen to the briefing to hear why they argue that the fee cap is harmful to the industry — not just the delivery companies.

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248: UPS Gets Into the Same Day Delivery Game

The Roadie acquisition by UPS recently will expand UPS into same-day delivery. In June, UPS CEO Carol Tomé shared that the company was looking into ways to offer same day and said pilots were underway. This will allow UPS to get into delivery of perishables like groceries and restaurant food. Listen to the briefing to hear more about this new step by UPS.


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247: Burger King Bans 120 Artificial Ingredients From Its Menu

Burger King is focusing on healthy food options with the nationwide reduction of 120 “non-essential” artificial ingredients — the blacklist includes sodium ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate and potassium hydrogen sulphite — there is also a Keep It Real Meals promotion. Listen to the briefing to hear what celebrities Burger King is partnering with on this launch.

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246: New Stella Artois No Alcohol

The non-alcoholic beverage options have expanded again, thanks to Stella Artois. Liberté tastes just like the classic Stella Artois Lager, with the malt sweetness, crisp hop bitterness, and clean finish, just with 0.0% ABV. It’s the perfect option for anyone looking to enjoy a night out without consuming alcohol. Listen to the briefing to hear which US cities will get to try this exciting new no-alcohol beer first.


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244: What Jobs Have Restaurant Workers Moved To?

Numerous workers have left the restaurant industry to seek careers elsewhere, especially after many restaurants closed early in the pandemic. Listen to the briefing to hear what other industries restaurant workers have moved to.

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243: The Back of House Labour Crisis

Many operators continue to pin the labor crisis on higher unemployment benefits offered during the pandemic, but a closer look at several labor reports released in the past few weeks show the situation is much more complicated. Listen to the briefing to hear how new research points to more complicated reasons as to why restaurants can’t find workers.

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242: In Praise of In-Store Signage

In-store signage might seem “old-school,” but it effectively drives revenue in today’s climate. In a recent consumer survey, Inmar found that 69% of shoppers recall seeing in-store product advertisements. Listen to the briefing for ideas as to how you can create in-store signage that drives revenue.


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