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Robots, automated stores in China and last mile : Ze Skylight (en pleine lucarne) : curation of the b
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Goal #6
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#US
Meet with Tally at Decathlon’s store in San Francisco
Tally from Simbe Robotics
Tally from Simbe Robotics
Decathlon’s store in San Francisco has just started to test Tally, the robot created by Simbe Robotics, a startup funded in 2014. Tally performs the repetitive and laborious tasks of auditing shelves for out-of-stock items, low stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors. Tally operates safely during normal store hours alongside shoppers and employees. Retail automation is a big part of the industry today, and companies are always on the lookout for ways to introduce new technology to the day-to-day operations of their business, and facilitate tasks of associates who can focus more on customers requests. As Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe Robotics says: “The goal of Tally is to create more of a feedback mechanism. Although most retailers have good supply chain intelligence, and point-of-sale data on what they’ve sold, what’s challenging for retailers is understanding the true state of merchandise on shelves. Everyone sees value in higher quality, and more frequent information across the entire value chain.”. 
Simbe Robotics’ Shelf Auditing Tech Is The Next Step In Retail Automation
#China
It seems to be the new challenge in retail tech across the world : make the check-out experience as seamless as possible.
I’ve visited earlier this week a Jian24 store in Shanghai : it’s an automated convenient store à la Amazon Go : you get in checking in with WeChat or Alipay to scan your face, take and replace what you want and check out with your face, really seemless !
Jian24 uses scales weighing products and shelvescomputer vision to see what’s taken and replaced, and cameras above each shelf to confirm who took the products.
When Amazon just announced the opening of its second Go store in Seattle later this year, Jian24 - a company created mid 2017 - already has set 3 in Shanghai in just a few weeks !
Multiple cameras and scales in Jian24 store
Multiple cameras and scales in Jian24 store
#LastMile
Amazon wants to go deeper in the delivery business and does a smart move by letting entrepreneurs doing it under its name.
The program called Delivery Service Partners will allow small businesses or individuals with no particular skills in logistics to get in the party. With 5 billion parcels delivered in 2017 in the US only for Prime members, Amazon needs to be able to control and scale a strategic part of its business.
Amazon Will Let Entrepreneurs Start Their Own Delivery Business and Earn Up to $300,000 a Year
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Gizmodo
Report: Amazon may prey on your Toys "R" Us catalog nostalgia by mailing you its own https://t.co/vhDu2iWjcU https://t.co/ASjKa7OGKU
5:04 AM - 5 Jul 2018
When Amazon makes the good old catalog great again !
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