Nov 25, 2016

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, November 25, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about the increase in automation at big retailers and fast-food chains; a rise in fish farms, or aquaculture; and a new pay-by-the-minute cafe in New York.

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This coffee shop isn't very interested in coffee

Nov 25, 2016
With a pay-as-sit approach, the Glass Hour Café in Brooklyn wants to rethink an established business model.
Glass Hour

Retailers looking to save on labor costs turn to automation

Nov 25, 2016
As you hit the shops for the holidays, don’t be surprised if you see more automated systems there to help you find stuff, set up home delivery, check out at the register. Big retailers like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Whole Foods,…
A customer picks up his lunch from an automated cubby at Eatsa, a fully automated fast food restaurant, in San Francisco, California. 
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Black Friday blues? Maybe VR shopping is the answer

Nov 25, 2016
Heading to your Black Friday shopping destination? You’re probably prepared for a crowded, frantic and stressful time. Wouldn’t skipping the mall be nice? Chinese retail giant Alibaba recently used virtual reality to allow Chinese shoppers to buy items within stores…
STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Coca-Cola making a play for African market with concession stands

Nov 25, 2016
The company is rolling out an experiment in social entrepreneurship — a kind of community center in a box that also happens to sell Coke products.
Coca-Cola's EKOCENTERS offer water purification and power outlets free of charge.  They also sell Coke products. 
Courtesy: Coca-Cola

U.S. seeks to boost its production of seafood

Nov 25, 2016
Americans import about 90 percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S., and about half comes from fish farms or aquaculture. The Obama Administration wants to decrease our reliance on imported seafood with efforts to allow fish farming in some…
A hamachi sashimi dish.  
Brian Ach/Getty Images for New York Magazine

What an interest rate hike would mean for the housing market

Nov 25, 2016
VR shopping, mortgage rates, and Coca-Cola's investment in Africa.

On today’s show, we’ll talk about the increase in automation at big retailers and fast-food chains; a rise in fish farms, or aquaculture; and a new pay-by-the-minute cafe in New York.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC