In an effort to cut down on theft and error, Walmart uses artificial intelligence for cameras that monitor the boxes to ensure that all items in the cart are scanned and paid. This is already happening in over 1
As Business Insider reports, the system is known internally as missing Scan Detection, and uses the data vision to monitor both manned and self-buying areas in each store. The system is able to detect when an item goes unscathed, or is scanned, and reports the error to an airbag that can then approach and correct the problem.
According to Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins, "Walmart makes a real investment to ensure the safety of our customers and employees … Over the past three years, the company has invested over half a billion dollars to prevent, reduce and deter Crime in our stores and parking lots. We continually invest in people, programs, and technology to keep our stores and communities safe. "
When store inventory disappears without being paid for it, it is called" shrink ". This can happen through theft or errors and dealers are obviously very concerned with reducing it as much as possible. If Walmart experiences the average for US dealerships shrink, it loses about $ 4 billion a year. With that in mind, you can see why major investments and embrace AI to reduce shrinkage are worthwhile for the company.
One of the companies that supplies Walmart with the data vision technology required to make it possible to check out everseen. According to Everseen CEO Alan O & # 39; Herlihy, "People make mistakes … When it comes to shrinkage, or loss, it's the main source." And if you are wondering which item causes most problems, it's milk. O & # 39; Herlihy explains: "People find it hard to scan milk … Sometimes they get frustrated and they just don't scan."
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