TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS DECODE THE YEAR’S TOP C-STORE TRENDS

Frictionless checkout, robotics, cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence are taking center stage. NEW YORK — As we proceed through the early months of 2022, Convenience Store News interviewed some of the major technology companies in the industry to find out what key trends they expect to affect convenience retailing in the year ahead. Frictionless checkout continues to be…

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BYOB: COCA-COLA’S BOTTLELESS VENDING MACHINES DEBUT IN JAPAN

The Japanese arm of Coca-Cola has introduced bottleless vending machines equipped to fill containers brought by customers, part of its parent company’s efforts to cut plastic waste. The machines, installed at Universal Studios Japan on a trial basis, dispense two types of sparkling water as well as hot, cold and room temperature still water. Coca-Cola’s latest sustainability initiative comes…

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OIL, NATURAL-GAS PRICES SPIKE AS NATIONS SANCTION RUSSIA OVER UKRAINE

Oil, natural-gas and grain prices increased significantly as Western sanctions on Russia threaten exports, reports the Wall Street Journal. Futures for Brent crude, which is the benchmark in international oil markets, rose 4.9% to $98.73 a barrel in London trading Monday. Brent was as high as $101.28 a barrel. OPIS reported that in the first 15…

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FEDERAL EV CHARGING NETWORK COULD PUSH U.S. TO ELECTRIFICATION

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday touted the administration’s efforts to build an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, which includes 500,000 chargers, and according to a recent Fuels Institute study, public funding may be responsible for up to 26% of the difference in charging infrastructure between markets with and without such funding.…

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POLESTAR ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR COMES WITH ITS OWN DRONE

Polestar’s CEO says the group will not follow Tesla into chasing the mass market, as the electric car brand steps up a push as a premium, high-performance brand with plans for future vehicles to have an in-built drone that can be launched while the car is moving. Polestar is owned by Chinese giant Geely, which also owns…

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COLES TEAMS UP WITH GOOGLE-BACKED STARTUP TO DELIVER GROCERIES BY DRONE

Alphabet-owned company Wing is teaming up with Australian supermarket Coles to deliver groceries by drone. (Supplied: Wing) Many of us are familiar with the knock of a delivery driver bringing us take-away food, groceries or our latest online splurge. Now, a company backed by Google’s owner is replacing the driver with a drone. Key points: A startup owned by Google’s parent company…

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