This startup called Bodega could replace mom-and-pop stores, and no one is happy about it

If one thing has stood the test of digital innovation, it’s been mom-and-pop stores and bodegas.

But now a new startup, called Bodega, plans to take those places away, too.

Fast Company profiled the new startup, which calls to develop unmanned pantry boxes in apartment buildings, offices and college dorms. You may even find one outside a gym.

“It promises convenience, but also represents competition for many mom-and-pop stores,” according to Fast Company.

Who started it?: The startup’s creators, Paul McDonald and Ashwarth Rajan, are both Google veterans.

What does it do?: The founders said the startup will create an app that will allow you unlock one of the aforementioned pantry boxes, which will then take note of what you bought and charge your credit card thereafter.

Introducing Bodega from Paul McDonald on Vimeo.

Where is it?: There are currently 50 locations spread across the West Coast. The founders hope to have 1,000 locations by the end of 2018.

What’s the goal: They even plan for a larger vision, where there are so many of these boxes that actual shops are obsolete.

“The vision here is much bigger than the box itself,” McDonald told Bodega. “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary because …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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