Domino’s Tests Autonomous Delivery Bots



Domino’s pizza is quickly moving from supply chain and experience digitalization to distribution transformation.

This summer, Domino’s in partnership with Starship Technologies , will begin testing autonomous deliver of large pizzas.

Initially scheduled for Hamburg Germany, expansion plans are already in the works for the Netherlands and beyond. Pretty simple extension to experience today…order your pizza via app, messenger, twitter, etc…provide delivery address, pizza gets baked, placed in a small robotic delivery food cart and wait for the notification. Open your door and retrieve your piping hot pizza for the robotics delivery vehicle.


This area of robotic driven logistic’s is literally exploding, and while drones maybe far off from receiving formal licensing approvals, 4 mph ground based robotic delivery vehicles have a chance to drive a complete disruption (some for the better)  for local retailers and restaurants.

You can quickly imagine a central platform (think Amazon) that you order through, order is sent to fulfillment center or hopefully a local retailer, order is fulfilled and loaded into autonomous deliver vehicle and it shows up outside your door.

This will be areality this summer (actually already is)

Car Repair Made Easy – It Happens In Your Own Driveway


Here’s an interesting new business focused removing the hassle and annoyance  of auto repairs. Getting your car evaluated and fixed is time consuming and somewhat unnerving if you have an older vehicle which no longer is covered by warranties, etc.

Wrench, a Seattle based startup, is looking to radically change that model with the introduction of a home service delivery model. Wrench is a mobile based experience that allows consumers to book tune ups, schedule repairs (reasonable ones) and or refers you to an approved network of partners for more in depth needs (e.g. transmission, exhaust.) They are also rolling out a subscription model for regular maintenance.

With 17.5 Million cars purchased last year alone, there is a steady stream of repairs to be made for decades to come. And it’s a huge pain point for owners (think managing supply & demand a la Uber.) Wrench will control the owner experience, the service quality assurance and provide guaranteed satisfaction before paying the bill.

As consumers move to self-driving vehicles…they will need repair to so Wrench could have a sustainable position for years to come.

Navigating To Your Next Meal – Waze Introduces Order Ahead


Waze, arguably one of the most significant and popular GPS navigation platforms worldwide, has continued to evolve their consumer value proposition beyond directions. Within last 12 months, we have a massive acceleration of local advertising and offers embedded within the experience. It appears now they are moving to make these actionable with an order ahead function.

This week, Waze will introduce a pilot with Dunkin Donuts allowing users to order their coffee ahead, based on their location. While using the device, consumers will be presented with a coffee offer it real time, based on their location, that they can simply tap to order ahead. Waze will then an order to Dunkin with estimated arrival time for a grab and go experience.  Consumers will have to be enrolled in Dunkin’s mobile application for payment management but will not be required to use the DD app for purchasing. What’s powerful here is Waze as a logistics platform partner for Dunkin and how they become a sales and marketing, plus logistical partner (think Uber.) You can easily see how this could expand into other QSR  restaurants, parking spaces, and convenience stores.

This is reinforces the power of platforms and they attempt to drive greater value through simplicity and convenience. Imagine an app that helps you efficiently navigate the world to save you time, enables you to buy goods you need along the way and helps to manage logistics for millions of retailers connected to the network.

Solar Skin Creates Opportunities For Autonomy.



Here’s a pretty advanced one. Smart skin…designed for amputees to help return certain senses relative to feeling pressure, temperature and dampness. University of Glasgow has developed exactly that and is using solar power to fuel the system, providing greater independence and portability  by removing the need for a connected power source.  “Graphene” is the secret…a flexible material that can now cover covered with a flexible with durability greater than that of steel, and is electrically conductive and transparent.

The material draws and converts power from the sun’s rays sufficient enough to power to support movement of prosthetic hands. While the power is used in real time, they will eventually determine a way to store it efficiently when sunlight is available.

Thinking bigger picture here….you could create autonomous everything….from prosthetic limbs to life like pets to robotic workers in the fields based on advancements in bendable electronics and sensing technologies.



“Spyfruit” could change the expectations of supply chain delivery



Managing produce quality from farm to table has long been an issue for growers, manufacturers and ultimately distributors given the limited lifespan of a mature product. Given the dramtic advancements in sensors it seems like there must be a better way to use data and monitoring to drive higher quality.

A swiss company called Empa is looking to help manage the process using data and sensors to predict quality and freshness.

Essentially the concept is to place sensing devices (“spy fruit”) in produce boxes (and yes they look like the real thing) to measure temperature, density of packing (causes bruising) and quality of ride. These devices not only look like the real fruit, but they are made from material that makes them the same density…this is how you get to knowing how the fruit felt about its journey.

To date, the company has developed apples, oranges, mangoes and bananas. Devices are expected to cost somewhere around $50 USD to begin and can be used endlessly.

Adidas Taps Technology To Create Personalized Products

RTX31WBTAdidas is looking to breakthrough long design and production cycles by enabling on demand manufacturing…of sweaters (not shoes.) German fitness apparel company recently launched a pop up store in Berlin that allows consumers to design, manufacture and purchase a unique merino wool sweaters for ~$200 USD.

Here’s how it work… consumers set into a dark booth that projects a variety of pattern options and colors on the individual so they can get a sense for how it would look. They can then adjust for colors, styles, size and then place the order in the store. Instantly the robotic looms go into action and knit the sweater. Some elements appear to require a hand finishing, then the products are laundered, dried and packaged for delivery. The entire process takes about 4 hours start to finish. Memory of experience hopefully last longer.

While sweaters aren’t set to be the next breakthrough fashion trend, Adidas is tapping into localized manufacturing capabilities that enable them to maintain virtual shelves of products without having to retire expensive inventory.

This could radically change distribution models and place many traditional manufacturers at risk…something many industries are watching closely.

Solving The Last Mile Brings Kroger & Uber Together.


Consumer ddownload (1)emand for convenience, simplicity and speed have become mainstream and companies are seeking to reinvent themselves to remain relevant themselves. This is happening through massive investments and partnerships of unlikely parties.

Kroger, this week, announced it is piloting a home delivery model with none other than Uber. Kroger determined that a traditional fleet own delivery model would be capital intensive and not support and more on demand world, so they have looked to Uber in select markets to play the pick and deliver role…without the need for an investment.   They already have enable ~640 locations to support order ahead and online shopping, now they solve for the last mile.

Expect to see partnerships like this becoming more main stream as local retailers struggle to remain self-sufficient in the face of larger players who can solve all of the needs of consumers.