Could this Silicon Valley-funded Bodega replace the corner store?

People Are Roasting The Shit Out Of This Startup That's Trying To Replace Bodegas And Corner Stores

From the name of the store to the cat-emblazoned logos (bodegas are well known for housing cats), everything about this company is intentionally taken from what immigrants have built. Unlike classic bodegas and mom-and-pop corner stores, these machine box things will not make you an egg and cheese on a roll, and they will certainly not recognize you and talk with you about whatever the hell you talk about at 2 a.m. on a weekday when you've wandered in cuz you can't sleep and now you're hungry.

"I would ask my members not to allow these machines in any of their properties in New York State", said Frank Garcia, chairman of the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce representing thousands of bodega owners.

That's a bit dramatic, yes, but no more so than this Fast Company headline, which introduces a new venture from former Google employees Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan. "Eventually, centralized shopping locations won't be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas spread out, with one always 100 feet away from you", McDonald told Fast Company.

But New Yorkers would kill for their bodegas. It's an essential neighborhood hub, where locals congregate and gossip about what's happening in the area. "It's a disgrace to the name of bodegas".

The Bodega company involves setting up "5-foot-wide pantry boxes filled with nonperishable items you might pick up at a convenience store", Fast Company reported.

To buy anything from the box, you will need to use an app and the box's smart technology, which will recognize the items you selected and automatically charge your credit card for them. The entire process happens without a person actually manning the "store". To unlock the pantry, users will have to use an app.

Bodegas are the heart of many Latino communities.

And this, ultimately, is why Bodega-the-company comes off as utterly tone-deaf; it ignores the fact that the human experience that an actual bodega provides can not be replicated by a tricked-out minibar.

If I do indeed find myself surrounded by vending machines at every turn, I pray that they turn sentient and end my misery by smothering me to death with bags of ranch-flavored Doritos and Nutter Butter cookies.

Bodega owners in NY are already facing an uncertain future. The Bodega boxes could be placed in gyms, offices and apartment lobbies.

The company is facing some serious criticism.

In this day and age of online grocery delivery services like Instacart and Amazon Fresh comes Bodega, the latest competitor in the online grocery store game.

"The "bodega" name is a very important name in the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community", Garcia tells CNBC Make It. How much are we willing to sacrifice for convenience?

Related News:

Most liked

Relief in Caribbean, pounded by Irma, as Hurricane Jose veers away
On the southern Dutch half of the island, 70 percent of the infrastructure has been destroyed in the storm, officials said. Meteorologists say heavy rain squalls spawning tornadoes are hitting South Florida part of Hurricane Irma's leading edge.

Hope Hicks to serve as White House communications director permanently
Miss Hicks said: "President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him". Earlier this year, Hicks joined Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for Shabbat dinner at their Kalorama mansion, Politico reports .

Eric and Lara Trump Announce Birth of First Child
Donald Trump Jr . and his wife, Vanessa, have five children , and Ivanka Trump has three children with her husband, Jared Kushner. Holidays are sure to be a loud affair in the White House, should they all choose to celebrate something there.

Gareth Bale reveals why he didn't move to Manchester United
But, it's also true that there's constant pressure on the Real stars to perform week in, week out. I love the club and still keep in touch with a lot of people there and the fans were incredible.