Amazon opens its first cashier-less store, Amazon Go
Amazon Go, the retailer’s first cashier-less store, has opened its doors to the public in Seattle.
Before entering, customers have to download the Amazon Go app on a smartphone and link it to their debit or credit card.
The smart supermarket then uses computer vision, sensors and deep learning technologies - similar to those used in autonomous vehicles - to track what customers take off the shelves.
When customers exit the store, the items are then charged to the card automatically and they will receive a receipt for the purchase.
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“Our Just Walk Out Technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart,” Amazon says. “When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we’ll send you a receipt and charge your Amazon account.”
The company’s first brick-and-mortar store hopes to cut queue times and change the retail industry with its “just walk out” concept.
The 1,800 square foot flagship store is open from 7am-9pm from Monday to Friday in its initial stages.
The technology now set to be put to the test after Amazon had a number of issues with it during development.
Should it prove successful, it is likely that Amazon will implement the technology within Whole Foods stores, having acquired the leading US grocery retailer last year in a deal worth $13.7bn.
Supply Chain Leader TransImpact Refreshes Identity
Supply chain and logistics leader Transportation Impact today unveils a new corporate identity to reflect its expansion beyond shipping and evolution into an end-to-end supply chain technology solutions provider.
The organisation will be known as TransImpact, today unveiling the new name, a refreshed logo and branding, and an updated website at www.transimpact.com. The new tagline ‘Driving Value. Creating Next’ highlights its new motivation and strategy to evolve its business and ‘create a foundation for new opportunities’.
The Evolution of TransImpact
Branding research revealed to TransImpact that the company has built a strong, industry-wide reputation for agility and innovation over the past 12-plus years, during which it has primarily been known as a pioneer in the parcel negotiation industry. Investment into its new visual and corporate identity reflects that shift, says Berkley Stafford, CEO, TransImpact.
“The name TransImpact is a natural evolution from our original name, Transportation Impact,” Stafford said. “As we evolved to support clients beyond shipping, this new name better reflects our new future as a technology company delivering solutions across the entire supply chain continuum.”
Today’s rebrand is the latest step in TransImpact’s evolution. The company acquired supply chain business intelligence platform Vizion360 in January 2021, and now provides a suites of Software as a Service (Saa) technologies, consultancy, and managed services across its Parcel Solutions, Business Performance Solutions, and Managed Logistics Solutions divisions.
Who Are TransImpact?
- Founded: 2008
- Employees: 150
- Customers: 1000+
- Headquarters: Emerald Isle, North Carolina
- CEO: Berkley Stafford
TransImpact is an industry leader in the development and application of end-to-end technology-based solutions that optimise supply chain operations. It serves more than 1,000 customers, including global organisations such as jeweller Pandora, fashion and footwear brand Toms, and sports equipment company Ping. TransImpact manages over $1bn in logistics spend, and clients that leverage its parcel solutions save an average of 19.7%.
TransImpact is led by chief executive Berkley Stafford, a former UPS man and, more recently, Head of Healthcare Sales, the Americas, for Envirotainer. Stafford has been instrumental in TransImpact’s vision to move beyond shipping, and is a strong advocate for IMPACT1, the company’s philanthropic initiative through which more than $1m has been donated to charitable causes. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.