May 19, 2020

Starbucks partners with Uber Eats on deliveries in Canadian cities

Vancouver
Calgary
Starbucks
Toronto
gor goz
2 min
Starbucks partners with Uber Eats on deliveries in Canadian cities

Starbucks Canada has partnered with Uber Eats to bring Starbucks delivery to the country.

Starbucks Delivers, powered by Uber Eats, will allow delivery of Starbucks items, initially in large cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. The door to door service will begin this summer, with orders being made through the Uber Eats app.

"We know that Starbucks fans are passionate about the brand and they'll be delighted that they can now enjoy most of their favourite products whenever and wherever they are at the tap of a button," said Dan Park, General Manager, Uber Eats Canada. "Order your team their favourite lattes for the Monday morning meeting or have lunch delivered to the park. Uber Eats is very excited about partnering with Starbucks to unlock the power of on-demand delivery."

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Starbucks said that the food and beverage delivery business was worth $95bn worldwide. Until 2023, the industry is projected to grow 11% annually.

"Our success is rooted in our ongoing commitment to bringing exceptional customer experiences through significant investments in technology and product innovation,” said Michael Conway, president of Starbucks Canada. Uber Eats is the ideal partner to help share the Starbucks Experience wherever our customers are. Learning from our global Starbucks Delivers rollout, we've incorporated unique company packaging and standards to deliver Starbucks products to Canadians without compromising the high-quality of handcrafted beverages, food and service they expect from us."

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May 12, 2021

How innovation is transforming government

United States Air Force
Leidos
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Leidos is a global leader in the development and application of technology to solve their customers’ most demanding challenges.

According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.

Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.

The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.

“We recognize the importance of the U.S. Air Force’s missions,” says Bender, “and making sure they achieve those missions. We sit side-by-side with the air combat command, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure across the Air Force. There are multiple large programs where the Air Force is partnering with Leidos to ensure their mission is successfully accomplished 24/7/365. In this company, we’re all in on making sure there’s no drop in capability.”

That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.

To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”

“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”

 

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