Nestlé hires robotic salespeople

Nestlé hires robotic salespeople

Swiss Nestlé will employ 1,000 robots to sell its Nescafé coffee machines in Japan. The first batch of 20 robots will start working this year and by the end of next year, all 1,000 will be fully operational.

Ambassador

Pepper, a French-developed robot, can interpret and express human emotions and comes at a price of 1,500 euro per robot. Nestlé won't be the first company to use them: Japanese tech company SoftBank already has smartphone-selling robots in some 70 stores.

 

At Nestlé, the robots will have to sell the Ambassador coffee machines, which are only destined for the Japanese market and free for companies. Nestlé does not make any money on the machines itself, but intends to make a profit on the coffee capsules people put inside the machine. Currently, Nestlé has sold some 125,000 Ambassador coffee machines, but it hopes to quadruple that by 2020.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Lubach: “Fair clothing is a matter of priorities”

15/11/2017

Ever since the Rana Plaza disaster, the clothing industry has clamoured for transparency in the clothing manufacturing branch, but Zondag met Lubach’s Arjen Lubach proved on Sunday that there is no actual transparency yet.

Fashion chain Canada Goose opens first European store

14/11/2017

Canadian fashion chain Canada Goose opened its first European store in London. The brand’s clothing has been in Europe for quite some time, but only at multi-brand stores up until now.

Desigual suffers turnover blow in first three quarters

14/11/2017

Spanish fashion chain Desigual suffered a blow in the first three quarters of 2017, with turnover  down more than 10 %. It mainly struggled in Europe, a region where it generates almost all of its turnover.

Two or three stripes on clothing are Adidas' property

13/11/2017

Swedish store chain H&M can no longer use parallel stripes on its (sports) clothing, because they resemble Adidas’ three stripes too much, according to a The Hague court.

Strong third quarter for Adidas

10/11/2017

Sports clothing manufacturer Adidas experienced a strong third quarter. Its growth was slower than in the previous quarter, but its operational profit exceeded analysts’ expectations.

Yoox Net-a-Porter grows but still failed to live up to expectations

09/11/2017

Online retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter’s third quarter like-for-like turnover grew 17.7 % to 481.8 million euro, which is not entirely what analysts had expected. Its growth slowed down in the United States and China in particular.

Back to top