By the end of 2016, Amazon announced a revolutionary store concept dubbed Amazon Go, which allows customers to shop and buy what ever they want without the need to interact with any human, or to wait inlines to pay for what they’ve got.
This is possible by making an App which the customer opens before entering the store. At the main gate there is a QR code which should be scanned using the app to start the Sync process.
A set of sensors, microphones, cameras and image recognition algorithms will be working to track the customer and his movements and the items he is adding to the cart. And when he is done, he could simply go out and he will receive a bill to his phone to confirm it and pay via his Amazon account.
But Due to the increased cost, Amazon failed till now to launch those stores. That made me think about other solutions that could be used to make a revolutionary store without the need to the complication found in Amazon Go.
What if we keep the App and the QR code at the gates. But instead of using cameras and sensors we could add a small laser reader to the cart. That reader will be able to read the Barcode for each item when adding it to the cart. and can delete it when removing it.
The cart will be Sync with customer’s account, after scanning the QR code to enter. and just by that, the whole process will be done. So the customer could take his products and leave to pay later via his phone.
Using some sensors to track customer’s position inside the store might be useful to update the products Array. So instead of searching among thousands of products, the Array could be shrunk to only include items near by to be more efficient.
Using Technology and finding solutions should be clever by avoiding the temptation of using all the available technologies cuz it’s not the answer to creativity, using it wisely is.
If you liked the Idea share it and let me know if you used it to show how being simple is more efficient.
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