Retail Technologies Advance for Store Checkout and Restaurant Orders/Apps and Location-Based Ads Drive Sales, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

In late 2016, Panasonic introduced a new checkout technology in Japan in which shopping baskets are equipped with sensors that detect merchandise and calculate bill totals.  Shoppers place filled baskets in a specially designed slot which slides the bottom of the basket aside and drops the merchandise into a plastic bag.  Payment is made with at self-service registers. Amazon opened an 1,800-square foot brick and mortar convenience store in late 2016, called Amazon Go, in one of its Seattle, Washington office buildings.  Customers may pick up drinks, snacks and prepared meals.  Initially available only to Amazon employees, the store opened…

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