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While most of the recent news around grocery shopping has had to do with rising prices, during the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering groceries online became one of many aspects of the “new normal.” As these technologies continue to evolve, Instacart announced a new update that will help blend in-person and online grocery shopping. 

The company recently announced Connected Stores – technology that will exist alongside current offerings and is designed to better coordinate the online and in-person grocery shopping experiences. 

“We believe the future of grocery won’t be about choosing between shopping online and in-store – consumers are going to do both,” said Fidji Simo, CEO of Instacart. “The launch of Connected Stores is another exciting step for Instacart as we partner with retailers to invent the future of grocery. Through these technologies, we can now offer consumers the best of online shopping inside physical stores, and vice-versa. Ultimately, we believe that the more customers connect with grocers across both online and in-store experiences, the more retailers’ businesses will grow.” 

Six new technologies

The rollout of Connected Stores comes with six new technologies: Carrot Tags, Out of Stock Insights, Caper Cart, Lists, FoodStorm Department Orders, and Scan & Pay. All six work to connect users’ online grocery experience with their in-person grocery experience. 

Carrot Tags helps customers learn about new products or find their favorite items. When in the grocery store, customers can open specific items on the Instacart app and the corresponding product will light up on the shelf. This makes it easy to identify what items shoppers are looking for, and also allows stores to highlight dietary restrictions or SNAP eligibility. 

With Out of Stock Insights, retailers are able to update which items are out of stock in their store or which items are running low. The technology provides automatic updates, which allows customers to get a better understanding of what’s currently available and what items they might need to skip. 

Caper Carts are designed with artificial intelligence to make the shopping experience faster and more efficient for customers. When wheeling a Caper Cart through the store, customers can skip the checkout line.

The cart is equipped with sensors and a scale, which tracks what customers are buying, and touch screens on the carts help customers seamlessly move through the shopping process. 

Lists works with Caper Carts and syncs with customers’ Instacart app. Users can add items to lists on their phone, and then once in the store, the Caper Cart will keep track of which items were added and check them off the list. 

FoodStorm Department Orders is geared toward retailers and is an operating system that works to improve ordering and preparation time for customers who order at delis, bakeries, or other prepared items in-store. 

Scan & Pay also allows customers to skip the checkout line. Shoppers scan the items that they put into their carts as they go, and use their phones at the end of their trip to pay for their groceries. 

Certain stores have already started rolling out these new technologies, which are also currently available on Instacart’s online platform. 



Posted: 2022-09-21 10:57:48

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Scammers are following the headlines about economic impact payments. Know how to spot and avoid the scams to keep your money and information to yourself. Learn more at https://ftc.gov/coronavirus. ********************************** Transcript: Hi, I’m Becca Kelly Slaughter, Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency. You’ve probably heard the great news that the American Rescue Plan is now law. That means lots of people will soon be getting desperately-needed economic impact payments—some folks call them stimulus payments—of up to fourteen hundred dollars. Many of you have been here before, so you know these funds will come through direct deposit, check, or debit card. But we here at the FTC would like to remind you that scammers follow the headlines, too. So here are a few sure ways to spot a scammer trying to take your money or personal information. First, know that nobody in the government will ask you to pay anything up front to get your economic impact payment. There’s no way to get your payment faster, and there’s no form to fill out. That’s simply a scam. Second, the government will not call, email, text, or message you on social media to ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. Third, anyone who tells you to pay by money transfer, gift card, or cryptocurrency is a scammer. No matter WHY they say you need to pay. If you spot these scams, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Every report helps us try to stop scammers. And let me say a word to would-be scammers: the FTC will use all of its enforcement authority to come after bad actors who try to take advantage of people anxiously awaiting relief. To learn more about avoiding pandemic-related scams, visit FTC.gov/coronavirus. And help us spread the word. Share these tips and this video through your network. Thanks for helping us protect people from scams. ********************************** The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

Published: 12th Mar 2021 03:59:11   By: FTCvideos

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Aprenda a detectar propuestas de negocios, programas de asesoría y oportunidades de inversiones que son estafas y cómo evitarlas. Para aprender más visite https://ftc.gov/estafasdeingresos *********************************** The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

Published: 14th Dec 2020 04:05:45   By: FTCvideos

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Learn about scams disguised as legitimate business offers, coaching programs, and investment opportunities and how to avoid them. Learn more at https://www.ftc.gov/incomescams. **************************************** The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

Published: 14th Dec 2020 04:04:51   By: FTCvideos

FTC Video: Cómo Reportar Fraude en ReporteFraude.ftc.gov | Federal Trade Commission


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Este video demuestra cómo reportar fraude, estafas, y malas prácticas comerciales a la Comisión Federal de Comercio (Federal Trade Commission, FTC) en https://ReporteFraude.ftc.gov y por qué es importante hacerlo. ****************************** The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies. Comment Moderation Policy We welcome your comments and thoughts about the information on this page. If you do have something to say, please be courteous and respectful to other commenters. We won't routinely review any comments before they are posted (except for ones that contain urls and profanity), but we will delete any comments that: 1) contain spam or are off-topic 2) use vulgar language or offensive terms that target specific groups or contain personal attacks 3) are sales pitches or promotions 4) have urls or links to commercial sites 4) spread clearly misleading or false information or 5) include personal information, like home addresses

Published: 5th Nov 2020 03:59:43   By: FTCvideos

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Flower farming can be a tricky business. Dealing with drought, bushfires and not to mention the recent pandemic shutting farmers markets. But when Joh meets the Padovano family who run a flower farm near the Southern Highlands, she finds a family just like their flowers; resilient and blooming. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 4th Oct 2022 10:15:03   By: Great Home Ideas

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Published: 3rd Oct 2022 10:00:03   By: Great Home Ideas

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Karen's going to show you how to make a classic tiramisu with a ready made sponge cake. With lots of layers of cream, chocolate and coffee there's no denying why it's a world famous dessert. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 2nd Oct 2022 09:45:00   By: Great Home Ideas

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There’s a lot of things to consider when creating your new kitchen, so before you start, watch these great tips from Pete and make the kitchen of your dreams a reality. Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 1st Oct 2022 11:15:01   By: Great Home Ideas

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There’s a lot of reasons to love Ed’s fig and pistachio custard desert dish; there’s the intense flavours of the figs, the rich colours, the seasonal taste and the texture of the pistachios. But best of all, it’s so easy to make, you’d barely even call it cooking! Welcome to Great Home Ideas, where you’ll find inspiring home makeovers, delicious recipes, quick & easy DIY projects, design & gardening ideas, plus hints, tips, how tos and advice on pets, health, tech and more. Check out our channel & subscribe to see more videos like this one every day of the week. Click here to subscribe: https://bit.ly/3hxN7d5

Published: 30th Sep 2022 11:30:10   By: Great Home Ideas

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Rob Subbaraman, head of global markets research at Nomura, discusses Federal Reserve policy, who will see a hard landing versus a soft landing and his outlook for China’s economy. He speaks on Bloomberg Television. -------- Follow Bloomberg for business news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/

Published: 5th Oct 2022 05:24:14   By: Bloomberg Markets and Finance

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Published: 5th Oct 2022 02:52:24   By: Bloomberg Markets and Finance

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The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 2.50% as expected by most economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Kathleen Hays reports on Bloomberg Television with David Ingles and Yvonne Man.

Published: 5th Oct 2022 01:58:15   By: Bloomberg Markets and Finance

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Published: 5th Oct 2022 12:03:06   By: Bloomberg Markets and Finance

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