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Friday, October 27, 2017

Wal-Mart Testing Shelf Scanning Robots

 Now have seen several applications of store roving and shelf scanning robotics.   The need to get yet better data about the state of retail continues to expand.   Only way you can completely optimize your layout.  Make sure your  most profitable goods are  on shelf.  It will provide better data for more powerful analytics.   See my many posts on the concept.

Walmart is testing out shelf-scanning robots in 50 stores In  Fastcompany, via Engadget

Autonomous robots are taking over Walmart. Well, they are at least taking over more than a few locations. The behemoth retail chain is testing out shelf-scanning robots in more than 50 stores. The devices make sure items are in stock and priced correctly, according to Engadget.

This is all part of the company’s plan to innovate in the coming years. At our Fast Company Innovation Festival this week, Walmart e-commerce division CEO Marc Lore talked about the company’s forays into robotic technology. Beyond these shelf stockers, the company is also researching voice technology to make it easier for consumers to chat with a robot and purchase the things they need. “It will allow them to shop in a very conversational way with a robot … and that robot will know you as well as your mom or dad,” he said.  .... " 

And more with considerable discussion in Retailwire.  With Video.
And in Reuters.

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