Retail

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TX SCAR robot restocks beverages at a FamilyMart in Japan.
Retail

One Cool Robot: FamilyMart Uses TX SCAR Robots to Restock Beverages

FamilyMart, a chain of Japanese convenience stores, plans to employ robots to fill shelves with beverage bottles at 300 locations.
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CB Insights list of 100 notable AI startups
Retail

Standout Startups

AI startups are creating high value across a wide variety of industries. CB Insights, which tracks tech startups, published the latest edition of the AI 100, its annual list of 100 notable AI startups.
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Upside app screen video capture
Retail

Deep Learning for Deep Discounts

With prices on the rise, an app analyzes user data to deliver cash back on retail purchases. Upside, a startup based in Washington, D.C., works with gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants to offer personalized discounts to consumers.
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Woman walking on a store scanning codes
Retail

Let the Model Choose Your Outfit

Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar clothing store is getting ready to deliver automated outfit recommendations. The ecommerce giant announced plans to open a flagship Amazon Style location at a Los Angeles-area mall this year.
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Chip Huyen
Retail

Chip Huyen: AI That Adapts to Changing Conditions

Until recently, big data processing has been dominated by batch systems like MapReduce and Spark, which allow us to periodically process a large amount of data very efficiently.
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Commercial showing Walmart's self-driving delivery vehicles
Retail

Driverless Delivery in High Gear: Walmart Tests Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

Walmart aims to deliver goods via self-driving vehicles this year.What’s new: The retail giant will test autonomous delivery in three U.S. cities. Cars built by Ford and piloted by Argo AI will ferry merchandise
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Woman at an Amazon Go using Just Walk Out technology
Retail

No Cashier? No Problem

Shoppers at Amazon’s newest grocery store can skip the checkout line. Amazon opened its first full-scale supermarket that monitors which items customers place in their cart and charges them automatically when they leave. It calls the system Just Walk Out.
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Annual list of the most promising private AI companies in different fields
Retail

Cream of the Startup Crop

AI startups continue to roared ahead, global pandemic or no. Tech industry analyst CB Insights published its fifth annual list of the 100 most promising private AI companies.
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Rebag app working on a cellphone
Retail

How Much For That Vintage Gucci?

Computer vision is helping people resell their used designer handbags. Rebag, a resale company for luxury handbags, watches, and jewelry, launched Clair AI, an app that automatically appraises second-hand bags from brands like Gucci, Hermes, and Prada.
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Figures related to retailers' sales during the pandemic
Retail

Retailers Adjust to the Pandemic

Covid-19 wreaked havoc with models that predict retail sales — but China’s biggest annual e-commerce event showed that they’re back in business.
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Examples of age, gender and race idenitification by face recognition
Retail

Race Recognition

Marketers are using computer vision to parse customers by skin color and other perceived racial characteristics. A number of companies are pitching race classification as a way for businesses to understand the buying habits of different groups.
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Rite-Aids face recognition system
Retail

Retail Surveillance Revealed

A major retailer’s AI-powered surveillance program apparently targeted poor people and minorities. Rite-Aid, a U.S.-based pharmacy chain, installed face recognition systems in many of its New York and Los Angeles stores.
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Information and data related to Category-based Subspace Attention Network (CSA-Net)
Retail

Which Shoes Go With That Outfit?

Need a wardrobe upgrade? You could ask the fashion mavens at Netflix’s Queer Eye — or you could use a new neural network. Researchers at Amazon propose Category-based Subspace Attention Network (CSA-Net) to predict and retrieve compatible garments and accessories that complement one another.
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Examples of clothes image-text combo search
Retail

That Online Boutique, But Smarter

Why search for “a cotton dress shirt with button-down collar, breast pockets, barrel cuffs, scooped hem, and tortoise shell buttons in grey” when a photo and the words “that shirt, but grey” will do the trick? A new network understands the image-text combo.
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Operation of a virtual fitting room
Retail

Clothes Make the Model

In online retailing, the most common customer complaints are slow shipping and inability to try on clothes. Amazon conceived its Prime program to address the first concern. To answer the second, it built a virtual fitting room.
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