• The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has a story on its website about how, in Sweden, Alimentation Couche-Tard-owned Circle K stores "are now using AI technology that reads license plate numbers of vehicles at pumps on the forecourt and automatically pays for the fill-ups via customers’ linked Circle K Easy Fuel mobile app for a frictionless pump-side payment experience."
In other words, gas stations are now using the same pay-by-plate technology that often is utilized on toll roads and parking lots.
• Amazon is getting into the dinner-and-a-movie business, working with Omaha Steaks to promote its new Prime Video movie, Without Remorse, which comes out on April 30.
Both on its own site and on the Omaha Steaks site, Amazon is promoting a special surf-and-turf meal kit for four, which it says will be perfect for watching the movie, which stars Michael B. Jordan in an adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel.
I probably won't have a steak with it, but I'm very excited about this movie.