TECHNOLOGY – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: RETAIL ARCHIVE
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REVIEW THESE INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM 2019 – AND READ THOSE THAT INTEREST YOU
All shopping will be done at home as the retail industry is transformed - and shopping malls will become extinct (AI/Retail - 2019-12 - Singularity Hub)
Virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D printing are converging with AI, drones, and 5G to transform shopping on every dimension. Shopping is becoming virtual and customized, with fast delivery and lower costs. All shopping will be done at home with the help of a virtual assistant. This will be a top-to-bottom transformation of the retail world. The article contains an example of shopping for a dress in 2029.
Browse a furniture catalogue digitally by superimposing holograms onto 3D versions of living rooms (AI/Furniture - 2019-10 - ZDNet)
Italian luxury furniture brand Natuzzi allows New York and London shoppers to digitally browse their catalogue, by superimposing holograms of furniture onto 3D versions of their living room, using a HoloLens 2
Last-mile delivery system: An autonomous local logistics hub paired with a robotic delivery truck (AI/Courier - 2019-06 - ZDNet)
Boxbot, a California delivery logistics startup, unveiled its autonomous last-mile delivery system: An automated local hub where packages are received, sorted, and prepped for delivery, along with a fleet of street-based driverless vehicles.
Domino’s will launch robot deliveries for Houston residents late in 2019 (AI/Courier - 2019-06 - Wired)
Later in 2019, Nuro’s robot will start delivering Domino’s pies and cheesy breads to customers in the Houston area. The R2 vehicle is about half the size of a sedan and is made exclusively for carrying goods. Customers will be issued a code to enter into a screen on the bot that opens one of its two compartments.
6,000 US store closures announced in 1Q2019, more than for all of 2018 (AI - 2019-04 - Business Insider)
A Coresight Research report found 5,994 store closings announced in 1Q2019, compared with 5,864 in all of 2018. Some retailers, including Fred’s and Family Dollar, are closing select stores in a bid to stay profitable, while chains like Payless have announced they are shuttering all of their stores.
Walmart unveils an AI-powered store of the future, now open to the public (Retail/Stores - 2019-04 - TechCrunch)
Walmart unveiled a “store of the future” in Levittown, NY for testing emerging technologies, including AI-enabled ceiling-mounted cameras and interactive displays. The store has 50,000 sq. ft retail space, is staffed by 100+ employees, and offers 30,000+ items. The store has traditional checkout stations, and the cameras monitor inventory levels, determining replenishment or replacement needs.
Startup to launch smart beauty shopping service in Dubai Mall's Galeries Lafayette (Retail/Personal Services - 2019-04 - Samsung)
The beauty AI startup ‘lululab’ unveiled its AI Beauty Store, an unmanned virtual store in Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall. The service offered includes self-skin analysis using a single selfie with a multispectral camera, recommended products, and an outcome report.
Fast food drive-thru using AI to take orders (Retail/Fast Food - 2019-02 - Futurism.com)
Colorado-based startup Valyant AI announced the launch of a voice-based AI customer service platform, which is now taking customer orders at the drive-thru at Denver’s Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard.
Online & brick retail declines as consumerism declines among millennials in Western World (Retail/Dept Stores - 2019-02 - The Conversation)
British retail giants saw Christmas sales lowest since 2008, amidst 93,000 UK retail jobs lost in 2018. Marks and Spencers is closing 100 stores.
Autonomous package delivery to your doorstep (Retail/Courier - 2019-01 - TechCrunch)
Future concept: Autonomous van travels to a neighbourhood and releases robot dogs to deliver packages to doorsteps.
REVIEW THESE INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM 2018 – AND READ THOSE THAT INTEREST YOU
US grocery giant Kroger has started making completely autonomous deliveries (AI - 2018-12 - MIT Technology Review)
Amazon's Go stores will use biometrics instead of cashiers to perform checkout (AI - 2018-11 - Biometric Update)
Alibaba's Tmall and Ford have a vehicle 'vending machine' (AI - 2018-11 - ZDNet)
Providing customers with any groceries, anytime, and anywhere in U.S. (AI - 2018-11 - MIT Technology Review)
7-Eleven is piloting cashier-less stores (AI - 2018-11 - TechCrunch)
The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens (AI - 2018-10 - TechCrunch)
New York City’s first Amazon Go cashierless store will open near the World Trade Center (AI - 2018-10 - Recode)
Amazon may open 3,000 cashierless conveniene stores by 2021 (AI - 2018-09 - Bloomberg)
Zippin is the first Amazon Go rival to open an automated checkout store (AI - 2018-08 - FastCompany)
AI is automating food preparation (AI - 2018-08 - TechRepublic)
AI supporting buying decisions decimate the number of buyers needed (AI - 2018-07 - New York Times)
AI is automating food preparation (AI - 2018-06 - TechRepublic)
San Francisco is too expensive for restaurant wait staff to live in (AI - 2018-06 - New York Times)
Product purchasing at Amazon done better by robots (AI - 2018-06 - MIT Technology Review)
50,000 Las Vegas workers are ready to go on strike over fears of robots taking their jobs (AI - 2018-06 - Gizmodo)
Amazon to bring automated stores to Chicago, San Francisco as AI replaces human cashiers (AI - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)
Walmart's automated pickup stations highlight future of digital transformation in retail (AI/Walmart - 2018-04 - TechRepublic)
80% of all items will be delivered autonomously within a decade (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - Bloomberg)
Walmart files patent applications for drone shopping assistants and smart shopping carts (AI/Walmart - 2018-03 - The Verge)
Amazon Go launches: The automated retail revolution begins (AI - 2018-01 - TechRepublic)
REVIEW THESE INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM 2017 – AND READ THOSE THAT INTEREST YOU
Walmart testing cashierless stores and home delivery (AI/Walmart - 2017-12 - TechRepublic)
Examples of automated store models, including 40 stores operated by 4 people (AI/Automated Stores - 2017-10 - Disrupters)
1. Mobile, automatic grocery.stores in Shanghai, using self-driving electric vehicles that come to you, mobile payments, and wireless tagging of stock.
2. BingoBox has over 150 static automatic shops operating in China, offering 10 sq.m. stocked with a wide range of items, and a video-linked assistant. It only takes 4 staff to run 40 stores.
3. Alibaba is testing a pop-up café with no cashiers, using facial recognition on entry, custom food selection, and mobile phone payment.
4. Amazon is using their own staff to test a food store with no staff and no checkout. Customers scan their mobiles on their arrival, select products, and leave paying through their Amazon account.
5. Alibaba is pioneering a retail ecosystem that provides a bricks-and-mortar store catering to both online and offline shopping. Groceries – or a meal – can be ordered online to be picked up or delivered. 13 cashless supermarkets are already operating, mostly in Shanghai.