Enterprise hits and misses – grocery robo -wars heat up, as enterprise bellwetters pass the Wall Street earnings test

Main story The grocery robo -wars – better shopping experiences in the future?

I’ve seen enough of the “re -invented grocery” hype for a lifetime. Where I live, at least, we’re off to a bad start, with clunky self -checkout registers requiring constant intervention (“please remove all items from the checkout area” – WTH?), and “Marty the robot” bumbling around the store like an idiot, allegedly looking for captives, and not making anyone’s life easier.

But the future does not accept our complaints. It rushes towards us with every opening of Amazon’s Go store. Stuart reports on more grocery isangnks fantasies Robo -wars innovations in the future – how Ocado plans to rethink grocery shopping with new robotics and automation solutions. And what does this future look like? Stuart:

For online grocery tech platform provider Ocado, there are bigger ambitions in the future as the company outlined yesterday with a vision of a not too distant future where the next generation of robots will select and pack groceries. and take them to the customer’s front door in as little as possible. as two hours.

Okay, pretty pleasant. What kind of technology is needed?

In the brave new world Ocado has built, a new breed of robots – the 600 Series bot – will be able to choose from 50,000 products and customers will pay the same price as they would in the supermarket.

I may object to technology and timeframes, but where I agree is the driver of change: consumers are getting a healthy dose of omni-grocery options, and there is no going back. Stuart:

As diginomica continues to argue, the genie is great and truly out of the bottle here and although consumers will be returning to stores, the need to have a real omni-channel balance of online and offline is the challenge facing not only grocery companies, but retailers as a whole.

Actually. The question is whether grocery stores will err on the side of automated efficiency, or better customer experiences. The two are not always the same. Stuart points to the potential loss of back end workers in Ocada’s view:

Ocado estimates that various components of its reimagined strategy will reduce labor costs by 30% in the medium term and 40% in the long term. That’s definitely good news for suppliers, even less if you’re a warehouse worker.

I do not question these inevitable changes. I question whether the transition to these changes will be smooth, and whether these amazing robotic futures will be positive for the stakeholders involved. I’m not sure they will – coming up with such plans and debating them is worth doing.

Diginomica picks – my top stories on diginomica this week

Vendor review, diginomica style. Here are my top three choices from our vendor range:

Acumatica Summit 2022 coverage – I’m in Vegas, removed the usual “keep the customer and get the real deal” routine:

More vendor news, without quotables:

Jon’s grab bag – We lost one of the great ones this week: A death in the family – our tribute to the incomparable Kurt Marko. Chris had a “good problem” with Fujitsu: The whole world is a stage for Fujitsu – CTO interview. Kudos for keeping it real Chris, a puff piece that it is not.

Derek updated on the British government’s cybersecurity battles as the British Government launched the first-ever Cyber ​​Security Strategy to help protect public services. Finally, diginomica hired a new partner on board, and Phil made the awards: Welcome to Samsara, making IoT meaningful for real -world business operations.

Best on the enterprise web

Waiter suggesting a bottle of wine to a customer

My top six

  • If the $ 40B Nvidia-Arm deal is dead, what does big tech M&A mean? – Ron Miller of TechCrunch raises questions on the future of mega-merges.
  • Tesla won’t be releasing new models in 2022 due to chip shortcomings – Not a big story in itself, but a reminder: the short -term tech innovation game has real hardware limitations.
  • CIO perspectives on leading rapid change – McKinsey draws insights from the field, through CIO change agents: “An IT leader recounted some of the growing pains from a perspective on IT: ‘In the beginning, it seems [we] has lost control of [our] IT stack. ‘”
  • Top Pain Points in Organizational Change – In his recent appearance on my video show, I challenged Third Stage Eric Kimberling not to mention “change management” as the cause of change failures. I’m joking, but I like details, not just the general phrase. Well, we got them in this post, probably its best-ever on the subject. Every innovation issue, from technical debt to dirty data, is taken into account.
  • The modern workplace: Will remote tech workers allow surveillance? My contrarian answer: it will not be tolerated by top performers. The rest have no choice.
  • The upcoming war on hidden algorithms digging people into poverty – No, not a business story, but a related one, as we face the weaknesses of our own algo -driven projects.


Lifehacker shared tips on How to Block Everyone Using Twitter’s NFT Profile Pictures – easy to use! I get Microsoft’s point here, but again: Microsoft: Windows needs at least 8 hours online to anticipate the update. Isn’t “reliable Windows updating” still an oxymoron?

Hey Elon, it’s up to you to make it ten? Elon Musk Promises FSD “Next Year” For The 9th Consecutive Year. This one got lost in the chaos last week, my colleague Phil Wainewright had a dandy about the rogue housebot:

Beware the buyer, round #453223:

Finally, it wouldn’t be another week in the metaverse without a potshot from you actually:

See you next time … If you find an #ensw pieces that qualify for hits and misses – in good or bad ways – let me know in the comments as Clive (almost) always does. Most Enterprise hit and miss articles are selected from my curated @jonerpnewsfeed.


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