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Meet Pepper: The Humanoid Robot

15 Jul

As we have noted numerous times over the past few years, technology has been changing the face of business — for both small and large firms. So, are we ready for personalized robots taking our orders and payment at restaurants?

According to Maria LaMagna, reporting for MarketWatch:

“Soon, when restaurant-goers hear ‘May I take your order?’, those words may be coming from a robot. Some restaurants have started experimenting with human-like robots instead of human cashiers, allowing consumers to pay for their meals without interacting with another person. Although many restaurants have allowed digital ordering, either online, by kiosk, or on tablets at the table, the practice of using humanoid, or human-like robots, is still in its earliest stages, and it’s primarily happening in Asia so far. Experts say the robots could benefit restaurants and lead to wider adoption — if diners aren’t too freaked out by them.”

“Pizza Hut is the latest company to try a robot cashier, in a partnership with robotics company SoftBank Robotics and MasterCard, which has created the payment app. The application works only with MasterCard’s MasterPass, a digital wallet that allows payment by MasterCard cards, as well as credit, debit, or prepaid cards.”

“SoftBank’s robot is named Pepper. It has a face and can even respond to human customers with some emotional intelligence. For example, if a customer seems more tentative to interact with a robot, Pepper will be more reserved, whereas if a customer is more energetic, Pepper will be, too. It looks like an alien, with eyes and a touchscreen on its chest, and it’s the size of a small child.”

Here is a photo of Pepper from MasterCard. Below the photo, there is a fun YouTube video.



Better Understanding the Mind of the Multichannel Shopper

4 Nov

Each year, the number of consumers who shop at multiple formats — including both off-line and online — increases.

To better understand these shoppers, MasterCard recently published: The Retail CMO’s Guide to the Omnishopper — “What transaction data and consumer insights say about the attitudes and behaviors of tomorrow’s global customers.”

Consider this from MasterCard:

“The days of mono-channel and the un-digital shopper are over. Today’s consumer is coming at merchants from all angles, as she considers an accelerating set of content, payment methods, and offers. Retailers and manufacturers alike must cease to market to an exclusive channel. Their focus must not be on channel, but on the master of multiple channels. Retailers must market to tomorrow’s customer: the omnishopper. The retail CMO who does so intelligently will know where to place the next bet. Because the consumer is already one step ahead.”

Click the image to access the full MasterCard report.


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