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AiFi opens 80 autonomous stores powered by computer vision

AiFi has reached a milestone of 80 autonomous retail stores opened worldwide.

Working with technology providers and retailers such as Verizon, Microsoft, Carrefour, Aldi, Compass Group, Sodexo, Choice Market and Żabka Group, AiFi says it has deployed the largest number of camera-only stores powered by computer vision in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

This year, it increased its rollout rate to two stores per week.

AiFi demonstrated this by opening 50 computer vision-powered locations with Żabka, Poland’s largest chain store, within a few months.

Five questions about retail technology for Pricer’s Duncan Potter

RTIH asks the major players in the retail technology space for their thoughts on the sector and throws in a random question to keep them on their toes. This time our five questions go to Duncan Potter, Pricer’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Last week’s biggest retail technology plays at a glance

RTIH summarizes the standout retail systems deals, deployments and pilots from the past seven days. Featuring The Very Group, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Instacart, Levy UK+ Ireland and AiFi.

Five Retail Tech Funding Rounds You Should Know About

RTIH rounds up retail tech startups whose funding rounds are making headlines, including Shopic, KatKin, CleverTap and Ottonomy.IO.

Sneaker platform Edit LDN enters the metaverse with Bloktopia

Edit LDN, a sneaker marketplace, is venturing into the metaverse by setting up shop in partnership with Bloktopia.

Ottonomy.IO announces seed round and launch of Ottobot 2.0

Autonomous robotics delivery startup Ottonomy.IO has closed a $3.3 million seed funding round, bringing its total funding to date to $4.9 million.

The round was led by Pi Ventures. Connetic Ventures and Branded Hospitality Ventures and Addverb Technologies founder and CEO Sangeet Kumar also participated.

McDonald’s on Xanax: Boxpark boss Roger Wade blasts self-service kiosks

Roger Wade, CEO and founder of UK-based retail and food park firm Boxpark, took to LinkedIn to criticize McDonald’s and the introduction of self-service kiosks in stores.

“Anyone else dislike McDonald’s kiosks?” he asked.

“Companies must prioritize customer service over technology. Technology for technology’s sake!”

He added: “I miss the buzz of face-to-face customer service, calling out orders and flipping burgers. It has now been replaced by a sterile technological world. McDonald’s on Xanax. The founders would turn their graves!”

Amen to that!

Oxford City Football Club is the first to team up with CoinCorner for Bitcoin payments

Oxford City FC has become the first English National League club to accept matchday payments in Bitcoin after entering into a multi-year partnership with CoinCorner.

Supporters will be able to purchase tickets, food and drink within the RAW Charging Stadium with Bitcoin and Lightning, as an alternative to traditional cash and card methods.

The move means payments can also be made using CoinCorner’s Bolt Card – billed as the world’s first contactless Bitcoin Lightning card.

To mark the tie, CoinCorner produced a limited edition of Oxford City FC branded Bolt Cards which can be purchased in the club shop.

Dafydd Moore takes up the role of group director of IT strategy and architecture at Halfords

Halfords has appointed Dafydd Moore as group director, IT strategy and architecture.

He joins from Dyson, where he held the role of global head of IT strategy, architecture and innovation.

In a LinkedIn post, Moore said: “After five truly fantastic years at Dyson, I’m delighted to share that I’m starting a new role as Group Director IT Strategy and Architecture at Halfords.”

“I am very grateful to all the people I have worked with at Dyson who have helped me develop to the point where I am ready to take on this new and exciting role.”

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