Morning Brief 9.4.20: Burger King designs a mobile and remote-friendly restaurant
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Whopper of a change
Burger King has produced two new restaurant designs that aim to minimize contact, including fully digital order and pay, QR code-triggered conveyor belts to deliver food to customers, solar panels, multiple drive-through lanes and outdoor seating.
The chain, which plans to open the first locations with the new design in 2021, reports drive through volume increased 26% in April, May and June, according to CNBC. The new design was put together quickly to accommodate the change in consumers' ordering and payment behavior. Burger King was already in a long-term revamp that included the appointment of a "tech czar" in 2018.
Quick serve chains are adapting to changes in consumer behavior by altering store layouts. Taco Bell recently introduced a similar store redesign that emphasizes mobile pre-ordering and pickup through multiple drive through lanes; and Starbucks has accelerated its new store models during the pandemic.
Walmart will allow kids to shop for toys virtually, with automated unboxing, testing and playing from home before placing an order.
The big box retailer is anticipating more people will want to shop remotely even if stores are open, reports Nasdaq's news site. Walmart worked with interactive entertainment company Eko to build what it's calling the Walmart Wonder Lab.
Walmart has also added the lab to its e-commerce mobile ordering system, with delivery and pickup options. Walmart has expanded its digital strategy as part of its rivalry with Amazon.
The cryptocurrency wallet MetaMask is commonly used to connect Ethereum to decentralized apps, but it has existed primarily as a browser extension and was not widely accessible via mobile.
The wallet is trying to change that through the launch of MetaMask Mobile on iOS and Android. The app can interact with dApps through a list of featured applications or by entering the dApp's URL into a built-in browser, reports Mashable.
Users can also purchase ether using Apple Pay, debit cards or other methods.
Parking in Austin
The city of Austin is supporting Google Maps as an option to pay for street parking, adding a last mile of sorts to route planning.
Drivers will be able to pay as they approach their destination using the smartphone browsers or visiting pay.google.com/parking, reports Statesman.com. Austin is one of the first cities to offer the feature.
Mobile parking is a cog in a larger smart city that links payments for transit, merchants and services with digital ID, automated facility entry and other activities linked to a city.
From the web
China's ByteDance buys UIPay to leverage e-payment capabilities at home
REUTERS | Friday, Sept. 4 2020
ByteDance, the owner of popular short-video app TikTok, said it has acquired a Chinese third-party payment service UIPay in a bid to leverage its domestic payment capability.
That Whole Foods is an Amazon warehouse; get used to it
TECHCRUNCH | Friday, Sept. 4 2020
Earlier this week, in Brooklyn, near the waterfront, Amazon opened what looks from the outside like a typical Whole Foods store. It isn’t open to the public, however; it’s a new fulfillment center.
Bank of England Governor Wants Global Regulations as Stablecoins Pick Up Steam
COINDESK | Thursday, Sept. 3 2020
The governor of the Bank of England (BoE) has said stablecoins need global regulation, warning private issuers that an international regulatory framework could soon be in the cards.
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