Today in restaurant and grocery tech news, Dole is overhauling its supply chain, while Pizza Hut hints at its grocery intentions. Plus, Dmitry Shevelenko, co-founder of last-mile logistics company Tortoise, talks making robotic delivery feasible today.
In a bid to make faster business decisions, improve operations and lower costs, one of the world’s largest fruit products and snack manufacturers said Thursday (Aug. 26) it was transforming its supply chain management process. In announcing its adoption of two new cloud-based solutions, Dole Food & Beverages Group said it renewed its partnership with Blue Yonder, the Arizona-based digital supply chain and omnichannel commerce fulfillment specialist.
Food service procurement and supply chain company Foodbuy Foodservice has announced a partnership with hospitality-focused accounts payable (AP) automation and expense management company Plate IQ, according to a Thursday press release.
With the announcement of Pizza Hut’s new CEO, it looks like the brand may have ambitions to get into consumer-packaged goods (CPG). The restaurant’s parent company Yum Brands announced Thursday that Aaron Powell, former president of Kimberly-Clark’s Asia-Pacific CPG business who started his career at Procter & Gamble, will begin his role as Pizza Hut Division CEO on Sept. 20.
Illinois enacts a mask mandate, New York City makes its fee caps permanent, a drone delivery service reaches 100,000 deliveries and Indian cloud kitchen company Curefood raises $13 million.
New York City’s decision to permanently cap the commission rates food delivery services can charge at 23 percent could take a bite out of companies like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber, and possibly cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. San Francisco has also made its 15 percent commission cap permanent. Other major cities may follow their lead.
Grocery deliveries fulfilled by human drivers may not be feasible in the long-term, but self-driving cars do not work in the immediate term. Dmitry Shevelenko, co-founder and president of last-mile logistics robotics company Tortoise, speaks with PYMNTS about making robotic delivery work right here, right now.