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CES 2021: 'The run rate of the company going forward will be faster forever,' says Walmart CEO McMillon

ZDNet

Walmart is focused on things such as "what the future of AI will mean, or how robotics will change our business, and how 5G will change how people want to live and shop," says CEO Doug McMillon. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was the big keynoter at the Consumer Electronics Show 2021, in a half an hour segment that covered a range of broad topics such as equality and leadership. He was hosted by Tiffany Moore, senior Vice President, political and industry affairs for the Consumer Technology Association. CTA president Gary Shapiro set the context: 11,000 stores in 26 countries, more than 2 million employees globally. McMillan started out a wage earner thirty years ago at the retail giant, loading trucks.


Google's second-gen Nest Mini is on sale for almost half off at Walmart

Mashable

As of Jan. 7, Walmart has the second-gen Google Nest Mini on sale for only $24.98 -- that's 49% off its $49 MSRP. Last year saw Big Tech duking it out for smart speaker superiority as Apple, Amazon, and Google each released new additions to their respective lineups. But for the ultimate deal on such a device, we're going to throw it way back to 2019. That's the year Google released its second-gen Google Nest Mini, a small-but-mighty smart speaker that normally retails for $49. For a limited time, Walmart's got it on sale for just $24.98 (or almost half off) -- that's only a few bucks away from its all-time-low Black Friday pricing of $18.98.


Automation nation: 9 robotics predictions for 2021

ZDNet

The pandemic has offered challenges and a major opportunity to robotics firms in the logistics and grocery spaces. Unforeseen stresses to supply chains and runs on products have emphasized the need for greater supply chain efficiencies. Workforce constraints due to safety protocols and illness have also hammered various sectors. The lessons of 2020 can help us read the tea leaves for the priorities and trends in the robotics sector in 2021. Predictions are always to be taken with a grain of salt, but this year's batch come with the benefit of a lot of hindsight and hand wringing.


Women fight over PS5 at Walmart, drawing crowd

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Two women were caught on video fighting over a PS5 video game console at Walmart. The video, which has since gone viral on social media, was taken at a Walmart location in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to TMZ. "What the f–k are you gonna do?" one woman can be heard saying in the video as she takes off her purse and jacket. One man can be heard yelling, "Call the cops!" as a crowd gathered around the two brawling women.


Walmart will test driverless delivery trucks in Arkansas next year

Engadget

In 2019, Walmart started working with a company called Gatik to test autonomous delivery trucks on a two-mile route between a fulfillment center and a store in Bentonville, Arkansas. After those vehicles logged more than 70,000 miles with a human driver there to make sure nothing went wrong, Walmart and Gatik say they're ready for a new challenge. Next year, there won't be any human drivers in the trucks. That milestone will make Gatik one of the first companies in the space to operate a fully autonomous route in this way. As the startup itself is quick to point, it has its simplified approach to thank for the achievement.


Unleash the Potential of AI in Circular Economy: Businesses Potentials

#artificialintelligence

From CSR to ESG, most businesses today have good intentions to stand up to their environmental and social responsibilities. Nevertheless, in order for them to reduce its environmental impact, they need to first estimate the effect of their activities in quantitative means. Producing such estimates could be challenging, especially for large businesses involved in multiple chains of production and distribution. This can be resolved by the use of IOT ( Internet of Things) and smart sensors. IOT allows automation of accurate and reliable data collection, which could then be fed into data analytic algorithms that outputs analysis of the different sources externalities or pollutions. Businesses could gain insights from these analysis and take actions.


Walmart's Holiday Drone Show: Where, When And How To Watch

International Business Times

Walmart has found a new way to celebrate the holidays in the era of lockdowns and social distancing: high-flying drone shows put on at physical locations and streamed for online viewing. The shows will use almost 1,000 Intel drones to form complex shapes in the night sky, moving in time to Christmas songs like "Frosty the Snowman" by Bing Crosby and "Run Run Rudolph" by Kelly Clarkson. "After a particularly tough year, we want customers and communities to enjoy a moment of rest, peace and hope," said William White, Walmart's chief marketing officer in a press release. "We've been finding ways to help families enjoy seasonal traditions in a year when they thought it might not be possible." Never one to miss a merchandising opportunity, Walmart will also be airing a holiday shortly before the show, "DreamWorks Trolls Holiday."


DocuSign CEO: WalMart and other customers keep finding new use cases for digital transformation

ZDNet

"That's what we tend to see: people use something that pulls them into the digital transformation world, and then they look around and see there's so much more opportunity." DocuSign CEO Dan Springer says an acceleration of digital transformation in the pandemic is leading to a steady state of re-evaluating business that will last. Panic buying of software, which dominated the first half of this year, is leading now to a more measured, long-term regime of digital transformation. That is the view of the CEO of one of the companies at the heart of digital transformation, DocuSign chief executive Dan Springer. "I wouldn't call it business as usual, by any stretch, but we are getting closer to thinking longer term and a little bit less of that frenzy that people had," said Springer, in a video interview Friday.


Burn Off That Turkey With These Cyber Monday Fitness Deals

WIRED

A fitness tracker can tell you a lot about your body these days. The best of them help you plan and keep track of your workouts, whether you're trail running in the woods or circuit training in your apartment's basement gym. We have a few more smartwatch deals in our Cyber Monday phone and gadget deals guide. This watch can track workouts and help plan your hiking routes. It runs Google's Wear OS platform, which supports iOS but is particularly suited for those with Android phones.


Burn Off That Turkey With These Cyber Monday Fitness Deals

WIRED

A fitness tracker can tell you a lot about your body these days. The best of them help you plan and keep track of your workouts, whether you're trail running in the woods or circuit training in your apartment's basement gym. We have a few more smartwatch deals in our Cyber Monday phone and gadget deals guide. This watch can track workouts and help plan your hiking routes. It runs Google's Wear OS platform, which supports iOS but is particularly suited for those with Android phones.