PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — FinancialNewsMedia.com News Commentary – Technological advancements in AI are increasingly disrupting various functions across industries, including retail. The emergence of smart technologies for various applications in these industries is increasingly creating opportunities for the integration of AI-powered voice recognition tools as a part of smart solutions to further improve end-user experience. In addition, the widespread adoption of smart gadgets and smart devices among consumers is increasingly driving the demand for various AI-powered voice and speech-enabled tools in the retail industry. Retail organizations are continuously reassessing consumer preferences and aligning categories and offers accordingly to improve customer engagement and product demand. This requires agile demand planning and a clear prioritization of focus resources, which contributes to the growing demand in the AI in retail market. Many leading retail players eyed this crisis as a new opportunity to revisit and restructure their existing strategies and develop advanced product portfolios… In addition, factors such as favorable government policies & initiatives, including financial packages, tax rebates & incentives, employment packages for employees, rent reduction for shops, and increasing investments in advanced technologies are further expected to contribute to the growth of the artificial intelligence in retail market. A report from Meticulous Research projected that the Artificial Intelligence in Retail Market to Reach $57.8 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 41% from 2023 to 2030. The report said: “The growth of the AI in retail market is driven by factors such as the growing awareness about AI and big data & analytics, the adoption of multichannel or omnichannel retailing strategies, and the need to enhance end-user experience and improve productivity. The increased adoption of AI-powered voice-enabled devices and the growing number of smartphones are expected to create growth opportunities for the players operating in this market.” Active Companies active today in markets include: VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. (OTCQB: VSBGF) (CSE: VSBY), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL), Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).
Meticulous Research added: “Based on type, the online retail segment is expected to account for the largest share of the artificial intelligence in retail market in 2023. In the online retail sector, AI helps enhance customers’ purchase decisions, informs the availability of alternative or new products, optimizes buying processes, identifies new markets, and automates workflows. In addition, AI solutions enable retailers to overcome geographical limitations, gain new customers with search engine visibility, locate products quicker, and enable customers to compare products. These factors drive the growth of this segment.”
VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. (OTCQB: VSBGF) (CSE: VSBY) BREAKING NEWS: VSBLTY SIGNS LOI TO 36 Month VSBLTY ANNOUNCES ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SUCCESSFUL AI LAUNCH in BRAZIL – Financing, Technology, Deployment, Advertisers and Clients Aligned – VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. (Frankfurt: 5VS) (“VSBLTY”), a leading software provider of AI-driven security and retail analytics technology, is pleased to announce the successful launch of its “Store as a Media” in Brazil. Many years of partnerships and experience have culminated to achieve this new joint venture. VSBY has been able to attract industry leader as partners whose vision aligns with ours, it’s the perfect storm.
The partnership’s initial installations have been executed perfectly, on time on budget and already delivering advertising impressions.
Comment: What is different in this market is the precise selection of an established media player in the out of home ecosystem that will allow us to avoid the growing pains of establishing store as a new media channel. We expect that our path to scale and revenue will be truncated because of this change.
The first installations of a planned 5000 have exceeded our expectations, this supply chain has no weak links thanks to our partners.
“Our dedication, experience and technology focused on the “Store is a Media” has given the Company the credibility to have some of the world’s largest companies in their industries to partner with us. To have one of the worlds’ best known consumer goods companies and one of the worlds advertising giants as partners a great achievement for our firm, especially when our visions align so well.” stated VSBLTY Co-founder & CEO Jay Hutton.”
The company and its partners are installing media screens in stores that will generate AI driven advertisements customized to the demographic of the consumer, such as age, gender, time of day and other data points. This technology can provide data that no other form of advertising can deliver. The Company’s technology using its AI based software can report for example that a 30-year-old female watched their advertisement for 4 seconds and it led her to purchasing the projected product. CONTINUED… Read the full Press Release for VSBLTY Groupe Technologies at: https://vsblty.net/news-events/
In other active tech companies in the markets this week:
Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) recently announced fiscal 2024 Q1 results. Total quarterly revenues were up 9% year-over-year in USD and up 8% in constant currency to $12.5 billion. Cloud services and license support revenues were up 13% in USD and up 12% in constant currency to $9.5 billion. Cloud license and on-premise license revenues were down 10% in USD and down 11% in constant currency to $0.8 billion.
Q1 GAAP operating income was $3.3 billion. Non-GAAP operating income was $5.1 billion, up 13% in USD and up 12% in constant currency. GAAP operating margin was 26%, and non-GAAP operating margin was 41%. GAAP net income was $2.4 billion. Non-GAAP net income was $3.4 billion, up 19% in USD and up 17% in constant currency. Q1 GAAP earnings per share was $0.86 while non-GAAP earnings per share was $1.19, up 16% in USD and up 14% in constant currency. Short-term deferred revenues were $11.1 billion. Q1 operating cash flow was $7.0 billion, up 9%, and Q1 free cash flow was $5.7 billion, up 21%.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and its Counterfeit Crimes Unit (CCU) recently announced the filing of two new lawsuits against Kamryn Russell, Ashley Hawat, and their co-conspirators who knowingly attempted to evade Amazon’s brand protection systems in an effort to promote, advertise, and facilitate the sale of counterfeit luxury fashion goods such as jewelry, handbags, and accessories.
Amazon works across the globe to fight counterfeiters, filing joint lawsuits with brands to eliminate the sale of counterfeits not only in Amazon’s store but across the supply chain. Through its partnership with brands of all sizes, Amazon’s CCU constantly uncovers new approaches counterfeiters take to try to deceive customers and evade the law. The CCU uses that intelligence to equip law enforcement to pursue bad actors. In 2022, the CCU sued or referred for investigation over 1,300 criminals in the U.S., UK, EU, and China.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) recently announced that company leadership will participate in upcoming investor events, with several including live webcasts on Walmart’s investor relations website at stock.walmart.com.
September 19, 21: GroceryShop – Walmart Investor Relations will host onsite meetings with members of the investment community.
September 20: Consumer Conference – hosted by Wells Fargo. Walmart Investor Relations will participate in meetings.
September 27: Global Sustainability Forum – hosted by Goldman Sachs. Kathleen McLaughlin, executive vice president, chief sustainability officer, will participate in a fireside chat at 12:00pm CDT. This session will be webcast live through the “Events” link at stock.walmart.com. A transcript of the session will be available after the event and will be archived on the company’s website.
The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) and Albertsons Companies Inc. ACI recently entered into a deal with C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC, to divest more than 400 stores and other assets in relation to the $24.6 billion proposed merger agreement. This divestiture deal marks an important step toward completing the planned merger.
In October 2022, Kroger and Albertsons formed an agreement to merge their businesses. The merger deal, which is likely to close in early 2024, will help the combined entity to firm its position in the competitive grocery space. The combined entity would benefit from a loyal customer base, digital investments, increased purchasing power and a broader product portfolio. The transaction is likely to boost Kroger’s strategy of Leading with Fresh, Accelerating with Digital, thus enabling the new organization to support its go-to-market strategy comprising Fresh, Our Brands, Personalization and Seamless.
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67% of larger hospitality operators are unhappy with their current tech stack: insights unveiled in new research report from Vita Mojo
New research from Vita Mojo and KAM reveals the shortcomings of modern restaurant tech, with over half of operators reporting inefficiencies are stopping them achieving business goals.
LONDON, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Vita Mojo, the hospitality tech specialist, has launched a new research report into the impact of technology on the hospitality industry, shining a light on how operators feel about their current tech stack.
Commissioned by Vita Mojo and conducted by specialist hospitality market research agency KAM, the survey asked 81 executives from the leading quick-service restaurant (QSR) and coffee chain brands about their experiences with restaurant technology.
The resulting report – Hospitality Tech 2024: Bridging the efficiency and profitability gap – indicates that certain technologies are holding the industry back.
The survey results show that the hospitality sector is facing a number of challenges:
- A disconnect between efficiency and growth
56% of operators say that not having enough time is a significant barrier to achieving their business goals, but only 28% report fixing inefficiencies is a focus area for the business.
- Frustrations with the complexity of technology
44% of operators don’t think they have the in-house skills to make the most out of their tech solutions, and 31% believe that too much training is needed to use digital solutions properly.
- Missing out on data-driven decision-making
Two in three businesses are frustrated that they are not making the most of the data they collect through their tech solutions. Nearly 40% find it hard to use data because it’s split across siloed platforms.
- Technical support is failing to deliver
Just one in four are very satisfied with the support or advice they receive from their providers.
“When tech works well, your restaurant works well,” says Vita Mojo’s co-founder and CEO, Nick Popovici. “But when it goes wrong – which is often – running a restaurant becomes an uphill struggle. By combining multiple point solutions from a range of different suppliers, the modern Point of Sale (POS) restaurant tech stack used by so many restaurants and chains has become a serious barrier to growth and success.”
“The results of this survey prove that the POS-centric model isn’t working for restaurants. From wasting time updating menus across multiple systems to spending countless hours updating pricing and site information, there are just too many ways in which restaurant tech isn’t making the grade.”
Along with insights from the survey results, Vita Mojo’s report includes real-life examples of exactly how restaurant brands are managing to overcome these tech challenges and fix inefficiencies, which has allowed them to operate and grow with new confidence.
About Vita Mojo
Vita Mojo transforms chaos into confidence for hospitality operators worldwide. Founded in 2016, Vita Mojo started life as the UK’s first cashless, digital-only restaurant, but it soon became clear the entire hospitality industry could benefit from its end-to-end, flexible Order Management System.
Today, Vita Mojo empowers over 130 brands across five countries (including LEON, YO!, tossed and GAIL’s Bakery) to streamline order management, improve guest relationships, seamlessly expand across channels, and grow their business.
For more information visit www.vitamojo.com
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Ghana launches USD 550 billion Energy Transition and Investment Plan for achieving net-zero emissions, creating 400,000 jobs by 2060
President Nana Akufo-Addo unveils country’s roadmap for green growth and decarbonizing key economic sectors developed by Government of Ghana and SEforALL
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, launched the country’s new Energy Transition and Investment Plan yesterday during a Global Africa Business Initiative event in New York.
The plan marks Ghana’s commitment to fighting climate change and fostering economic development in tandem. It details a credible pathway for how Ghana can achieve net-zero energy-related carbon emissions by 2060 through the deployment of low-carbon solutions across key sectors of its economy, including oil and gas, industry, transport, cooking, and power.
Ghana’s government intends to use the plan as its main tool to engage the international community and investors for support with its energy transition. All measures suggested in the plan represent a USD 550 billion opportunity for the international community to invest in sustainable development in Ghana. If the plan is achieved in full, it would generate 400,000 net jobs within Ghana’s economy.
The country’s existing Energy Transition Framework previously set a target of net zero by 2070, but this new plan shows Ghana has increased its ambition and is targeting net zero by 2060.
Various sectoral changes and technologies are proposed in the plan. Four main decarbonization technologies – renewables, low-carbon hydrogen, battery electric vehicles and clean cookstoves – would cover over 90 percent of the targeted abatement by 2060.
Without pursuing the plan, under a business-as-usual scenario, Ghana’s emissions are expected to rise from 28 Mt CO2e in 2021 to over 140 Mt in 2050, with the bulk of emissions growth coming from transport, driven by population growth, GDP per capita growth, and vehicle ownership.
By implementing this plan, Ghana and its partners can instead bring the country’s energy-sector-related carbon emissions to net zero, while demonstrating that action against climate change does not need to come at the expense of economic development.
The Energy Transition and Investment Plan was developed by the Government of Ghana with technical support from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
“This pioneering Energy Transition and Investment Plan maps out Ghana’s journey to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 based on the latest data and evidence, ensuring that as our economy thrives, it does so in harmony with the environment. This plan is a testament to our dedication to fostering green industries, nurturing the evolution of cutting-edge low-carbon technologies, and propelling our nation towards a sustainable industrial revolution while giving equal growth opportunities to men and women.”
-His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana
“Ghana’s commitment to a just and equitable energy transition has translated to an ambitious plan that builds a case for low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions across Ghana’s entire energy system. These solutions present a tremendous opportunity for partners and investors from around the world to contribute to climate action and sustainable development in Ghana.”
–Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
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World Investment Forum to incentivize global investment in sustainable development
ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing sustainability as the defining challenge of our time, the upcoming UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF), to be held from 16 to 20 October 2023 in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, will serve as the perfect opportunity to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable economy, particularly for developing countries.
The 8th edition of the Forum, to be anchored on the overall theme of “Investing in Sustainable Development,” will bring together heads of state and ministers, CEOs of largest global companies, and other investment stakeholders from various countries to formulate policies and strategies that will address key and emerging investment-development challenges through a series of local and international forums and conferences.
Over 7,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries will be participating in the 8th edition of WIF at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The UAE hosting WIF this year coincides with the country’s declaration of the year 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability,” which will encourage nationwide commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions to help address environmental issues on a global scale.
His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, reaffirmed the country’s dedication to sustainability, saying that “the UAE is committed to playing a leading role in the global transition to a more sustainable future. We believe that WIF 2023 will provide a unique platform for international leaders to come together to mobilize the necessary investments to make this transition a reality.”
His Excellency Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said: “Hosting WIF 2023 reflects Abu Dhabi’s approach and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development, which is based on strong beliefs and a long history of the wise use of resources. We will be working closely with all partners to ensure that the Forum’s conversations generate innovative ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable future for all.”
Some of the sustainability sessions include “Delivering Public Sector Investment for Sustainable Development” in partnership with ACCA; “Alignment of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure with the Paris Agreement” with Middlesex University Dubai; and “Accelerating Green Investments in Tourism for Sustainable Development” with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
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