Chili’s Expands Bear Robotics Assistant to 51 More Units
Chili’s Grill & Bar is expanding its test of Rita the Robot to 51 more restaurants. A test in 10 restaurants since October 2020 has helped the brand determine which roles the robot does best.

Rita the Robot, as the Bear Robotics product has been named for the Chili’s test, can lead customers to tables and provide a pitch for the My Chilis Rewards loyalty program until the server takes over. The robot can also run food, clear tables and sing.

Hannaford Supermarkets Aim for Completely Renewable Energy
New England grocer Hannaford Supermarkets aims to power its operations completely by renewable energy by 2024. To cut energy consumption and improve the way it currently uses energy, the chain has implemented energy-efficiency projects such as LED lights, night shades, doors on cases and modern refrigeration systems, as well as rooftop solar panels on 10 of its stores.

The grocer added that it plans to couple its energy-savvy upgrades and conversions with integrating community and large-scale solar projects in Maine and New York to drive stores to the 100% renewable energy goal by 2024.

Sperry Amplifies Sustainability Focus
Sperry footwear introduced a new purpose platform – All For Water, Water For All – in celebration of this year's Earth Week.

Focusing on sustainability, Sperry has dramatically expanded its SeaCycledTM collection -- a range of footwear made with recycled and eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes.

The company has also partnered with PangeaSeed Foundation and has renewed its partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance at the grassroots level with clean-up events as well as educational opportunities for Sperry employees and consumers.
 

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