Grocery Roundup: Aldi Goes Cashierless; Jokr Adds Alcohol

Self-service is evolving beyond the kiosk. Essen, Germany-based global discount grocery chain Aldi announced Friday (Oct. 1) that it is testing out computer vision checkout at one of its locations in the Netherlands. The Utrecht store will undergo a 12-month trial of...

Hotels: Occupancy Rate Down 9.2% Compared to Same Week in 2019

Note: Since occupancy declined sharply at the onset of the pandemic, CoStar is comparing to 2019.From CoStar: STR: US Hotel Performance Slides in Latest Weekly DataU.S. hotel performance dipped from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through Oct. 2.26...

Goldman September Payrolls Preview

A few brief excerpts from a note by Goldman Sachs economist Spencer Hill:We estimate nonfarm payrolls rose 600k in September … we believe the nationwide expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits on September 5 boosted effective labor supply and job growth...

Klasha Snags $2.4M for African Cross-Border Commerce

San Francisco-based cross-border technology company Klasha on Thursday (Oct. 7) announced it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding that it plans to use to build the necessary technology infrastructure for cross-border commerce in Africa, according to a TechCabal...

October 7th COVID-19: Progress

The CDC is the source for all data.According to the CDC, on Vaccinations.  Total doses administered: 399,552,444, as of a week ago 392,909,995, or 0.95 million doses per day.COVID Metrics  TodayWeekAgoGoal Percent fully Vaccinated56.2%55.6%≥70.0%1 Fully...

Shiba Inu (SHIB) Futures Trading Volume Up 78x in Seven Days

Shiba Inu – a cryptocurrency nicknamed “the dogecoin killer” has seen an exponential increase in futures trading volume in recent days. This comes amidst a parabolic price pump. Traders Flooding Into Shiba Inu According to data provided by IntoTheBlock, the meme...

Till Payments Raises $80M for Worldwide Growth

Australian FinTech Till Payments announced Thursday (Oct. 7) it wrapped up a $110 million AUD ($80 million) round of Series C fundraising that it plans to use on its North American operations, global consolidation and new payments technology services. New and existing...

DOJ Introduces National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

Cryptocurrency crimes are under the microscope as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) steps up enforcement efforts with the formation of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET), according to a press release on Thursday (Oct. 7). The DOJ said that crimes...

Bitcoin Miner Bitfarms Begins Construction Of 210 MW Farm

The bitcoin miner announced that it signed contracts and started constructing a 210 megawatt farm in Argentina.Toronto-based bitcoin miner Bitfarms has signed engineering, procurement, and construction contracts in Argentina to construct a new mining farm there.The...

India’s New Payment Rules Prompt Big Tech Warnings

Banks and Big Tech companies are warning their customers and partners in India to anticipate a wave of declined transactions as the country’s central bank issues new rules for processing recurring payments. As TechCrunch reported Thursday (Oct. 7), the directive by...