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•  Amazon yesterday announced that it has opened "the second Starbucks Pickup with Amazon Go in The New York Times Building at 40th Street & 8th Avenue in New York City.

"This comes after the first Starbucks Pickup with Amazon Go store opened in November 2021 in New York City.

"These stores integrate the digital and physical retail experience, bringing together the connection and comfort of a Starbucks café and convenience of Amazon Go’s Just Walk Out Shopping experience.

"Like the first store, this store is a combination of a Starbucks Pickup and Amazon Go - utilizing the order ahead and pay feature in the Starbucks app and Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology to create an easy checkout experience, alongside a modernized lounge that features individual workspaces and expanded tables.  The store offers the full Starbucks menu and a curated assortment of food and beverages in the Amazon Go market, including fresh-prepared salads, sandwiches, bakery items, and snack options."



•  TechCrunch reports that DoorDash is shutting down its Chowbotics business, which marketed a salad-making robot named Sally, later this summer.

DoorDash acquired Chowbotics in February 2021.

TechCrunch writes that "it seems likely Chowbotics’ robotic kiosks just weren’t the right fit for the food delivery service. DoorDash was flying high amid pandemic-fueled deliveries when it made the acquisition, and perhaps ultimately thought better of expanding its footprint. Unfortunately, Chowbotics is a casualty of that decision-making a mere 17 months after the deal was announced."

I wonder if Sally can collect unemployment.