5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

August 14

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1. 

DOMINO’S LAUNCHES E-BIKE DELIVERY TO COMPETE WITH UBEREATS, DOORDASH

  • Hundreds of e-bikes will be deployed across corporate-owned stores later this year in Baltimore, Houston,  Miami and Salt Lake City.
  • E-bike announcement comes as Domino’s, which specializes in pizza, faces increasing competition from on-demand delivery apps like UberEats that offer customers far more choice.
  • Also partnered with companies like Ford to test pizza delivery using autonomous vehicles…launched a new pilot for self-driving pizza delivery in Houston in partnership with Nuro.

2. 

GOOGLE MAPS ADDS LIME SCOOTERS AND BIKES AS TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IN MORE THAN 100 CITIES

  • When Google Maps users search for directions over a short distance, they’ll see scooters as an option in their biking, walking, and transit tab.
  • Will display the location and battery range of each available scooter, as well as estimated journey time and ETA if a traveler chooses that route.
  • The scooter-share industry has ballooned over the past three years, with companies such as Lime and Bird raising billions in venture capital and expanding to hundreds of cities.

3.  

NVIDIA TRAINS WORLD’S LARGEST TRANSFORMER-BASED LANGUAGE MODEL

  • Utilized model parallelism, splitting a neural network into pieces with a technique for creating models that are too big to fit within the memory of a single GPU.
  • Code for each of the above feats was open-sourced today to help AI practitioners and researchers explore the creation of large language models or speed training or inference with GPUs.
  • Alongside a sharp decline in word error rates, reduced latency has been a major enabler of adoption rates for popular AI assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Baidu’s Duer.

4. 

MORE THAN A FEELING: HOW DO YOU MEASURE CULTURE?

  • To find an organization’s unique metrics, you need to pay close attention to what’s happening around you.
  • Useful to think about measurement not as one magical score, but as a convergence of multiple data points.
  • The more powerful stories an organization has to share about one of the critical behaviors, the more people talk about them and retell them to their coworkers.

5. 

WALMART TOPS US ONLINE GROCERY MARKET, WITH 62% MORE CUSTOMERS THAN NEXT NEAREST RIVAL

  • Nationwide retailer today offers grocery pickup and delivery in nearly every U.S. state, and had 62% more customers in June than its next nearest rival…rival is not Amazon — it’s Instacart.
  • Unlike with meal delivery services, no grocery delivery company shared more than 9% of another company’s customer base in the second quarter of 2019.
  • Only 12% of U.S. consumers have tried at least one of the grocery services the report analyzed, up from 9% in June 2018.