TikTok Slows Down Starbucks

TikTok has inspired a variety of customized drinks at Starbucks, especially when those drinks go viral. Complicated orders have also inspired baristas to post TikTok videos about what goes into making such complex drinks.

In general, organizations appreciate customers promoting their products on social media. But occasionally, there are unforeseen consequences.

Starbucks strives to keep its drive-thru time around 40-50 seconds. However, some viral video recipes are complicated, which increases the time it takes to make them, resulting in […]

IHOP’s Flip’d Targets On-the-Go Customers

Flip’d by IHOP is the rebooted fast-casual spinoff from IHOP. Multiple locations are planned to open in 2021. Look for Flip’d in suburban areas in New York, Kansas, and Ohio, and at high-end convenience stores like Kwik Stop and Minit Mart.

On-the-go customers can place their orders at digital kiosks or the counter.  Delivery and digital order pickup are available for off-premise customers.


Video Spotlight: IHOP opening new restaurant Flip’d (May 21, 2021, KPRC 2 Click2Houston)


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LocusBots Track Real-Time Warehouse Operations

In response to a surge in e-commerce, Locus Robotics is developing better and more efficient robots to handle increased warehousing demand.

Locus Robotics’ robots are called “LocusBots”.  They are autonomous and mobile and can track real-time warehouse operations using iPhone or wearable technology.

New features for LocusBots to better handle item picking and handling in warehouses are in the research and development stage.


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Robots: Why Can’t They Just Get Along?

Robots at Singapore’s Changi General Hospital are learning much needed communications skills.

The hospital uses about 50 robots from eight different manufacturers to perform a variety of tasks including assisting with surgery, cleaning, monitoring COVID isolation patients, and overseeing patients’ rehabilitation exercises.  Unfortunately, these robots could not communicate with each other, and hallway traffic jams occurred several times a day.

Two robots moving towards each other in a hallway would meet and freeze up, not knowing how to navigate around an object […]

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