This whimsical kiosk turns coffee service into a magic show

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The Coffee Robot is a 2020 Innovation by Design honoree. The automated coffee machine continues to be a sad, vestigial organ of hospital cafeteria culture. So when Jonas Damon (pictured, right), former VP of concepts studio at Starbucks and current chief design officer at the robotic coffee startup Truebird, was figuring out how to package an automated coffee kiosk of the future, he recognized that it had to break old conventions and find its own identity. “We sit somewhere on the spectrum from vending machine to coffee shop,” says Damon. “We obviously want to be closer to a coffee shop. And part of being a coffee shop is it’s architectural in nature.” Read Full Story

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Can Jot’s coffee concentrate make you forget about that $5 latte? Here’s what our editors say

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We gave Jot Ultra Coffee to three of our editors to see if it lives up to its promise of delivering barista-worthy drinks at home. Jot’s timing is impeccable. The startup burst onto the scene with its Ultra Coffee concentrate at the exact moment that coffee-shop denizens found themselves shut out of their favorite spots. Gone are the daily treats of oat milk lattes, cold brews, and café Americanos. In its place are mornings spent in our own kitchens, spilling AeroPress grinds everywhere or standing watch over our Bialetti Moka pots, wondering if we should just bite the bullet and spend some savings on an extra-sexy espresso machine . Just me? Okay. Read Full Story

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Six ways to drink delicious coffee every morning—even if you can’t leave your house

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You might not be going to the corner coffee shop, but you don’t have to settle for bad coffee. There are many things I miss about my pre-coronavirus life, but a big one is the simple joy of strolling to my neighborhood coffee shop every morning for a perfect cup of coffee. I love the ambiance, saying hi to my favorite barista, and hearing the roar of the machines and the buzz of customers chatting. But given that the pandemic is still raging across the country, it could be some time before coffee shop culture comes back. Read Full Story

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How to be successful with Google Shopping Ads

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30-second summary: Inflow is a Denver-based digital marketing agency that specializes in creating and managing Google Shopping campaigns for their eCommerce clients Inflow’s eBook, How to Identify and Execute a Winning Google Shopping Campaign, provides an overview of how Google Shopping operates within the context of a Google Ads strategy. The eBook explains three common vendor mistakes within Google Shopping that contribute to wasted spend and poor results. Inflow also provides three proven campaign structures that are designed to mitigate waste and maximize return. Inflow’s eBook, How to Identify and Execute a Winning Google Shopping Campaign, is available for download from ClickZ. Denver-based digital marketing agency, Inflow, is a premier Google Partner that specializes in growing results specifically for eCommerce clients. Inflow recently published a comprehensive eBook, How to Identify and Execute a Winning Google Shopping Campaign , aimed at helping advertisers get the most out of their Google Shopping …

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The MozCon Virtual 2020 Initial Agenda

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Posted by cheryldraper It's the question that's been on plenty of people's minds: What's up with MozCon this year? We're happy to report that 2020's MozCon is on like Donkey Kong, and as you can tell from its brand-new name, the format this year is just a tad bit different. MozCon 2020 is now MozCon Virtual , an online conference experience delivering every ounce of digital marketing expertise you expect in-person with the safety and security of social distancing at home. Today, we're here to tell you all about it — changes, challenges, nitty-gritty details, who's speaking and what you'll learn , and more! Here's the skinny on MozCon Virtual MozCon Virtual will take place from the comfort of your at-home office space across July 14 & 15, 2020. Business on top, social distancing sweatpants on the bottom — you'll be cozier than ever while learning all the latest and …

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How a nature documentary inspired a cutting-edge design that shrinks massive warehouses into the space of an office building

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Attabotics uses robots to fetch products quicker, and in smaller spaces. Automation company Attabotics shrinks the typical sprawling warehouse into compact, vertical units, using robots to ferry items from shelves to box packers. “I asked myself, What [layout] would be ideal for a robot, not a person?” says cofounder and CEO Scott Gravelle. Attabotics’s system is in six locations across North America, including food and beverage and medical supply facilities; in 2019, the company announced a partnership with Nordstrom to build a 340,000-square-foot warehouse, down from the company’s typical 1.5 million (or more) square feet. The intent, Gravelle says, is to put fulfillment centers in smaller spaces, closer to customers, while easing the burden on workers and reducing commerce’s carbon footprint. Read Full Story

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AI applications for digital out of home advertising

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30-second summary: The use of data to contextualize campaigns to the “here and now” means messages can be aligned with consumer mindset in the moment and become useful and relevant. Dynamic Creative joins the dots between data-driven media planning and the mindset of a consumer at a given time, in a given place, making the medium truly reactive, and much more intelligent, as well as driving efficiencies. Advances in technology will allow us to hold a true interaction with the consumer, using deep fake technology in real time. Currently it’s a resource intensive task that requires content to be rendered ahead of time but with faster machines this can happen in real time. AI can be used with facial recognition technology to detect how much a person likes an advert by their facial expression and creative can be tweaked and updated depending on gender and age demographics in real time. …

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