Starbucks Partners with Amazon Go for First Cashier-less Café
The newest Starbucks café in New York City marks the global coffee chain’s first ever location with Amazon Go, which does not include any cashier. Starbucks are expanding labor-saving technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics and digital touch screens, to adhere to the impactful U.S. labor crunch.
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) stated that France requires a multi-annual spending rule/system in order to support its post-COVID public finance and aid it in regaining control. France has recovered impressively from the coronavirus, as consumer expenditure surged after the nation’s mass vaccination initiative.
The Ministry of Defense of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the Middle-eastern country signed 23 agreements with domestic and international companies during the first four days of the Dubai Airshow, with the agreements worth around 22.5 billion dirhams ($6.1 billion).
The U.S. dollar retreated from 16-month levels, after hitting its highest points since July of 2020, as investors are concerned about the hawkish Federal Reserve monetary policy growth. The dollar index, compared to a basket of six currencies, edged 0.10% lower to 95.793.
Gold futures edge slightly lower, despite the dollar greenback declining in value, which typically moves inversely to gold, as investors await the U.S. central bank monetary policies outlook. The precious metal dropped 0.13% in value to price the bullion at $1,864 an ounce.
Crude oil prices jump but remain near three-week lows, as China announced that it shall tap its crude oil reserves after the United States asked major oil consuming nations to consider releasing oil stockpiles to reduce prices. Brent futures climbed 0.24% to $80.47 a barrel, while WTI oil futures escalated 0.15% higher to $77.70 per barrel.
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A letter seen by Reuters unveiled that salesmen from India have threatened to disrupt & derange supplies to stores which are partnered with the renowned Reliance giant. As per the Reuters report, Indian salesmen from companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Uniliever and Colgate-Palmolive stated that their sales declined 20-25% in the last year as small, family-owned and independent businesses were increasingly in partnership with Reliance to provide lower prices, dominating the market.
According to people familiar with the matter, Apple has informed to its suppliers that the demand for the iPhone 13 has slowed down. The company has already cut iPhone 13 production by 10 million units due to global semiconductor chip shortages, as well as coronavirus-related manufacturing issues in Asia. The news of weaker iPhone 13 demand has pushed the Apple stock downwards by 2.92% in early trading sessions.