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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 07:23 PM

Bodega, an 'unmanned pantry box,' has already become America's most hated start-up

Source: Washington Post

Bodega, an ‘unmanned pantry box,’ has already become America’s most hated start-up

By Maura Judkis September 13 at 1:31 PM

Here’s the pitch for Silicon Valley’s newest start-up: It’s called Bodega, and it’s a case of nonperishable goods — the kind you’d usually get at a neighborhood corner store or bodega — that comes in an “unmanned pantry box.” It looks like this:



The company was founded by two former Google employees, Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan. Customers can unlock the box and purchase products via an app. It brings products “to where people already are so that they can access them immediately, when they need them. This beats out any two-hour delivery — or even half-hour delivery — alternative,” McDonald told Fast Company. It could make corner stores obsolete.

If you’re keeping up, you may have already identified the major problems here; the reasons people on Twitter were practically foaming at the mouth with fury at the announcement of this visionary new company. Let’s parse them, shall we?

Number one: What the hell is an “unmanned pantry box?” IT’S A HIGHFALUTIN’ VENDING MACHINE. Congratulations, you just tricked people into giving you millions in venture capital for a vending machine. At best, this is a new Juicero — a product that sounds great on paper, but is completely unnecessary in real life, because a better or easier version of it already exists.


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 07:30 PM

1. "Pork Crackling!!!!" Yummy!!!!

I'm guessing not as yummy as fresh made pork soft shell tacos (available at your local taco truck).

I note that they have Tums, obviously necessary after eating something like fucking Pork Crackling.

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 07:31 PM

3. LOVE pork cracklins! and they are ZERO carbs!:)

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 07:30 PM

2. genius!!!! Especially if its aimed at the stoner crowd.....

.. in Providence there was a start up called (I think) Munchie Giraffe...not a box but a munchie delivery service....they even picked up burgers and stuff. So why is this start up hated? Just tweek it and there ya go! Genius!!! Our local meat shop has a box like this outside the college book store with all their jerky and other non perishables for those late night 'study sessions'....

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