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Here are some of our favorite RTIH articles from last week, including Gopuff, Karakuri, Amazon, Wegmans, Aldi, and The Honest Company.

Karakuri raids Kraft Heinz for Kevin Garry appointment

Food robotics company Karakuri has announced the appointment of Kevin Garry as its new director of global business development.

Garry will play a pivotal role in the company’s focus on the global QSR market through the development of commercial partnerships for its latest kitchen robot innovation.

Previously, he held UK Channel Lead roles for QSR and Leisure at Kraft Heinz and Food Service roles at Kerry Group and McDonalds UK.

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company Hits China Through Alibaba’s Tmall Global Platform

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company brand launches in China with the opening of a flagship store on Tmall Global, Alibaba Group’s cross-border e-commerce platform.

Based in Los Angeles, Honest sells the Honest Beauty line of skincare and color cosmetics to Chinese consumers.

The Honest Company has been expanding overseas since 2019. There are already third-party manufacturers in the world’s second largest economy.

Gopuff Launches GoStock Equity Program in UK

Expedited shipping company Gopuff reports that its GoStock stock program is now rolling out in the UK.

Details of the initiative were shared via an internal memo issued last week.

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A2Z Preparing Cust2Mate Smart Kart Pilot With Thailand’s The Mall Group

A2Z Smart Technologies Corp. has announced a Cust2Mate smart cart pilot program with Thailand’s The Mall Group.

This will take place in the gourmet market area and will be the first to be integrated with the Fujitsu PoS system. It will be implemented in five stores and the integration process will begin within the next few weeks.

Smart carts recognize every item purchased and enable in-cart payments to help shoppers skip lines, while helping retail grocers direct shoppers to discounted products and in-store promotions. increase.

Amazon Acquires Supply Chain Technology Company Cloostermans

Amazon continues to build its robotics business with the acquisition of Cloostermans, a Belgian-based company specializing in mechatronics.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The pair started working together in 2019.

Gopuff hires Amazon veteran Patrick Bigatel as VP of Grocery.

Patrick Bigatel has joined Gopuff as Vice President of Grocery.

Previously, he was Vice President of New Business Development at Booster.

Prior to that, he worked at Amazon for almost 15 years, holding positions such as General Manager of Amazon Heavy-Bulky, Home Services and Local Selling.

Wegmans flags losses as they scan in store and migrate to mobile apps.

American supermarket chain Wegmans will release an in-store scan-and-go app on Sunday, September 18th.

The company informed customers about the move via email.

“SCAN users say they love the app and its convenience. We love it too and have tried many tweaks to keep it that way.

“Unfortunately, due to the losses incurred from this program, we cannot continue to make it available in its current state.”

“We have learned a lot and will continue to introduce new digital solutions that streamline the shopping experience.”

Aldi agrees to partner with parcelLab for operational experience management

Aldi, which recently overtook Morrisons to become the UK’s fourth largest supermarket, has announced a partnership with delivery operations experience management company parcelLab.

We use parcelLab’s platform for pre-shipment and outbound communications.

parcelLab’s technology allows customers to receive Aldi-branded communications regarding shipping and returns directly from the retailer for non-grocery online purchases.

Aldi will then use these messages to show more range to customers while using shipping data to improve overall order efficiency.

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