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Yoshinoya Sets the Pace in Digital Dining Transformation

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Yoshinoya is committed to being at the forefront of digitalization by introducing mobile ordering and consistently enhancing its membership app. With the aid of generative artificial intelligence, this dedication has positioned Yoshinoya as a pioneer in the fast-food industry, utilizing innovative concepts and strategies. Recently, Yoshinoya unveiled the ground-breaking “Privilege Pass,” a game-changing monthly discount e-card on its app. By seamlessly integrating electronic coupons to its membership apps, Yoshinoya has further solidified its position as an industry leader, striving to provide customers with unparalleled convenience to access discounted prices.
Revolutionizing the F&B Industry: Cutting-Edge Monthly Discount e-Card Elevates Consumer Experience and Leads Market TrendsSince the introduction of the “Privilege Pass” on our membership app in 2023, we have observed a significant boost in the average sales of Yoshinoya members who have purchased the pass. In comparison to members who have not purchased the Privilege Pass, those who have experienced an impressive sales increase of over 50%, indicating the enthusiastic response of customers towards the monthly discount e-card. The increase in app membership numbers and positive feedback have motivated Yoshinoya to further enhance its digitalization efforts. Yoshinoya is committed to providing exceptional discounts and convenient access to exclusive offers, showing its gratitude to loyal members who have supported the brand during the challenging economic environment post-pandemic.
By introducing the mobile membership app, which allows customers to place in-store and takeaway orders and access various discount coupons, Yoshinoya is able to gain valuable insights into customers’ preferences and spending habits. It also helps address the long-standing issue of labor shortage in the food and beverage industry. To further promote digitalization, Yoshinoya has taken an unprecedented step by introducing the “Privilege Pass,” a monthly discount e-card. With the one-time purchase of the pass, customers can enjoy discounted prices on a selection of delicacies throughout the entire month. Yoshinoya aims to lead the industry in driving digitalization by integrating electronic membership cards and regular discount coupons, providing customers with a more convenient and affordable dining experience.
Yoshinoya is confident in its digital transformation, as evidenced by the positive reception of the Monthly Discount e-Pass. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the number of members on the app continued to rise, with a growth rate in the second half of 2023 exceeding 20% compared to the first half. The highest-spending customer group consisted of members using the “Privilege Pass,” and the launch of the pass also led to a significant increase of over 10% in online ordering. This indicates that customers are gradually embracing digital services. Yoshinoya aims to further promote comprehensive digital transformation, enabling customers to enjoy a seamless digital dining experience and convenient access to promotional offers and information.
Revolutionizing Dining Services: Utilizing Innovative Technology for Faster and More Convenient ExperiencesContinuing its commitment to driving digital transformation in the F&B industry, Yoshinoya is dedicated to enhancing the dining experience. In addition to launching the mobile membership app and the “Privilege Pass,” Yoshinoya has strategic plans to expand the innovative “Delivery Line” concept from its +Woo branch to other locations, including the newly opened MOSTown branch in Ma On Shan. The objective is to provide customers with a revolutionary and seamless digital dining experience. Through their smartphones, customers can conveniently place orders and make payments, while comfortably enjoying their seats as they await the delivery of their food via the “Delivery Line.” This cutting-edge dining experience not only offers enhanced efficiency in catering services but also allows customers to embrace Yoshinoya’s spirit of innovation.
Digital transformation has the potential to revolutionize the customer dining experience while effectively addressing the long-standing issue of labor shortages in the food and beverage industry. Recognizing the growing significance of AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications, Yoshinoya has seamlessly integrated AI into its operational decision-making processes to enhance management efficiency and gain invaluable insights into the needs of its customers in Hong Kong. This strategic integration empowers the company to develop market-oriented strategies and cultivate better prospects for future growth. By utilizing advanced AI analysis techniques in operational decision-making, Yoshinoya conducts comprehensive data analysis on critical factors such as customer traffic trends, queue times, and seat utilization rates. This data-driven approach enables the company to formulate targeted operational and marketing plans, delivering higher-quality catering services and more enticing promotional offers to its valued customers.
Yoshinoya emphasizes its ability to leverage AI technology to identify dining areas with lower population density and gain valuable insights into seat utilization rates. This enables the company to optimize seat arrangements and enhance the overall dining experience. Data analysis has revealed that certain seating areas have lower utilization rates during specific time slots. Yoshinoya has responded by adjusting seat arrangements based on customer preferences. As a result, seat utilization rates have significantly increased to over 80%, effectively improving seat occupancy rates and operational efficiency at each branch. With its comprehensive digital transformation, Yoshinoya is committed to instilling confidence and leading the industry into a fully digitized era. This will reshape the food and beverage industry, offering customers a more innovative and high-quality dining experience.
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EU’s new AI rules: Industry opposed to revealing guarded trade secrets

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New regulations in the European Union (EU) are set to compel companies to increase transparency regarding the data they use to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems, potentially unveiling closely guarded industry practices, reports the Times of India.
Since OpenAI, supported by Microsoft, introduced ChatGPT to the public 18 months ago, there has been a surge in public interest and investment in generative AI. This technology enables rapid generation of text, images, and audio content.
As the AI industry expands, concerns have emerged regarding how companies source data for training their models, particularly whether using content from popular books and movies without creators’ consent constitutes a breach of copyright.
The EU’s new AI Act, phased in over the next two years, mandates stricter regulations while allowing time for businesses to adjust to new requirements. Nevertheless, the practical implementation of these rules remains uncertain, notes the report.
Mandating “detailed summaries”
A contentious provision of the AI Act requires organizations deploying general-purpose AI models like ChatGPT to provide “detailed summaries” of the training data. The newly established AI Office plans to release a template for these summaries by early 2025 after consulting stakeholders. However, AI companies oppose disclosing their training data, arguing it as a trade secret that could unfairly benefit competitors if made public, the report reveals.
In the past year, major tech firms including Google, OpenAI, and Stability AI have faced lawsuits alleging unauthorized use of content for AI training. Despite US President Joe Biden’s executive orders addressing AI security risks, legal challenges regarding copyright remain largely untested, the report adds.
Backlash against OpenAI
Amid heightened scrutiny, tech companies have struck content-licensing deals with media outlets and websites. OpenAI, for instance, has partnered with the Financial Times and The Atlantic, while Google has collaborated with NewsCorp and Reddit.
Despite these efforts, OpenAI drew criticism in March when Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati declined to confirm whether YouTube videos were used to train its video-generating tool, Sora, citing potential violations of company terms and conditions.
Source: business-standard.com
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Picsart teams up with Getty to take on Adobe’s ‘commercially-safe’ AI

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Picsart and Getty Images are joining forces to develop an AI image generator exclusively trained on Getty’s licensed stock content.
According to Picsart, their AI lab is constructing a bespoke model from the ground up to power this tool. It aims to provide the platform’s paying subscribers with the ability to generate images that come with full commercial rights. This initiative seeks to address persistent concerns about potential copyright violations associated with AI-generated content. The Picsart / Getty Images generator is slated for launch later this year and will be accessible through Picsart’s API services.
This collaboration bears similarities to Adobe’s Firefly AI model, initially introduced as a prompt-based image generation tool within Photoshop last year. Adobe has since expanded its integration across various Creative Cloud applications. Adobe’s model also emphasizes commercial safety by training on stock images from Adobe’s own library, along with openly licensed or out-of-copyright content. However, questions remain about the integrity of the training data and user trust in Adobe’s approach.
Getty Images has previously ventured into commercially-focused AI products through partnerships with Bria AI and Runway, and by teaming up with Nvidia to introduce “Generative AI by Getty Images,” leveraging its extensive catalog of licensed images. Adobe’s widespread integration of the Firefly model into popular applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Express may pose a challenge for Picsart’s new offering in terms of attracting creatives away from Adobe’s established ecosystem.
Source: theverge.com
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Microsoft to delay release of Recall AI feature on security concerns

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On June 13, Microsoft announced that it will postpone the rollout of its AI-powered feature “Recall” with new computers next week due to privacy concerns. Instead, the tech giant plans to offer Recall for preview to a smaller group later, following feedback and additional testing.
Recall is designed to track various activities from web browsing to voice chats, compiling a searchable history stored on the user’s computer. This allows users to easily retrieve past actions, even months later.
Originally slated for broad availability on June 18 for Copilot+ PC users, Recall will now undergo a preview phase exclusively within Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program (WIP) in the coming weeks. This decision, as stated in a blog post by the Redmond, Washington-based company, underscores their commitment to ensuring a trusted, secure, and reliable experience for all customers.
Copilot+ PCs, introduced in May, feature advanced AI capabilities aimed at enhancing user interactions and productivity. The WIP, a platform for software testing, enables enthusiasts to preview upcoming Windows operating system features.
Microsoft intends to incorporate feedback from the WIP community before extending the Recall preview to all Copilot+ PC users in the near future.
Following the feature’s announcement, concerns over privacy were swiftly voiced on social media, with some users fearing potential surveillance implications. Elon Musk, prominent technologist and billionaire, likened Recall to a scenario from the dystopian series “Black Mirror,” highlighting societal apprehensions about the impact of advanced technologies.
Source: reuters.com

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