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What Advantages AI Will Provide To Grocery Stores And Supermarkets?

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Thinking about enhancing the traditional approach of grocery stores and supermarkets? Take the advantage of AI and be a witness to the enhanced working of smart supermarkets.
Bored of the traditional methods of the grocery stores and supermarkets? Well, artificial intelligence is at the rescue. The implementation of AI in grocery stores and supermarkets can shape the future of grocery shopping differently for shoppers and also for the shop owners as well. Wanna explore the ways in which AI can enhance grocery stores and supermarkets? Let's find out.

How AI Will Turn Grocery Stores Into Smart Supermarkets?

1) User-Centric Promotions 

How would you like it if someone remembers every small detail about you such as your food preferences, food allergies, groceries you might run out of or you will need to make that special dish that you wanted to try this weekend and various others? You will feel overwhelmed or might just fall in love, right? No wonder it's just basic human nature.
Artificial Intelligence can leverage this human nature to enhance grocery store promotions.
The implementation of the AI in the grocery store will get extensive knowledge about the person who enters the store. It can offer a suggestion about the grocery items based on their preferences or can list the deal and offers they can get for the purchase of specific items.
It will enhance the sale and market revenue for the store owners and buyers can get the specific products they were intended to buy; it's a win-win situation for both of them.

2) In-store Navigation 

The real struggle of grocery shopping is to find the right place where you can find your desired product. 7 out of 10 people give up on shopping just after a couple of rounds around the store. That affects the sales of grocery stores.
You can overcome this hurdle and enhance your store revenue by implementing in-store navigation. It will help the users to find the rack of the product they want to buy directly without any human assistance. 
You can even recommend to them a product they might want to buy and where they can find them, it will enhance the cross-selling as well.

3) Enhanced Inventory Management

Various grocery stores face issues with the inventory often. Misplacing the products, mislabeling the products, missing products, being out of stock, products passing on the expiry date and millions of others affect the inventory of the grocery store. 
You might say we have inventory management systems for that. But I bet no inventory management system will help the store owners to predict the sale, or learn about the best-selling products, and least-selling products and enhance the product ordering process. 
The AI-integrated inventory management system will help the store owners to predict the future sale by considering various different factors, predicting the best-selling products in upcoming months, and also recommending the order quantity of products based on previous sales.

4) Reduce the Chances of Shoplifting

Cameras do capture the suspicious activities but they will just record the activity. When it comes to the grocery stores, it is hard to identify the shoplifters once they are out of the store as hundreds or even thousands of people visit the grocery store on a daily basis. 
An AI integrated system will scan and detect the items in the visitors' pockets and that will help the security to identify the shoplifters with less effort.

5) Minimize The Chances of Sweethearting 

If you are part of the retail industry, you might be aware of the term sweethearting, and if not, here is the explanation. Sweethearting is the term refers to the act of the store employee who fakes the act of scanning the items at the checkout for the benefit of visitors. 
AI integrated cameras can detect and report such activities. It can detect the act of scanning products while hiding the barcodes, stacking the products on one another and various others. It will reduce the chances of theft and will also enhance the working environment for the employees.

6) Enhanced Covid Restriction

Social distance and face masks are a new normal for people around the globe. 
An AI integrated system will help the store owners to detect the people not following the restriction rules. Even after coming back to normal, the system can detect the overcrowding checkout counter, and overcrowding areas and even enhance the shopping experience for the users. 
You can even install AI - an integrated traffic light system to the checkout counters that will allow users to find the empty checkout counters providing an easy checkout process.

7) Smart Billing Process

Most of the users feel irritated by the long queues at the billing counters. And the stress level reaches a peak when you find the person standing ahead if you have a cart full of products where you just have a couple of them. 
An integrated billing process will identify the product quantity and will charge directly to their bank card and people can move on without standing in the long billing queues. 

8) Smart Carts

The carts of the supermarkets are the most important but most neglected things. It allows the shopper to carry and move around the store with numerous products but on the other hand, people will leave it unattended as soon as they are done with their shopping. 
Artificial intelligence can enhance the shopping experience of users through shopping carts only. The AI-integrated smart carts will allow users to scan the barcode of the product through a cart scanner and generate the bill without actually waiting in the long queues of billing counters. 
Users can just pay the total amount at the billing counter and move on. Along with that, AI-integrated smart carts can provide built-in navigation that will guide the users to find the entry-exit points, check out counters, and help desks and can guide them to the cart collection point as well. 
It will enhance the shopping experience for the users and even minimize the tedious task of store employees.


Even though not many people can expect the usage of AI in the retail industry. It can bring marvelous changes to the grocery stores and superstores. AI integration into the grocery stores is a trend one should not miss out on. So, if you are also thinking about bringing a change to your traditional grocery store methods, you can reach out to the AI experts at HData Systems to step into the smart world built with advanced Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.
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Q. Can Artificial Intelligence bring changes to the retail industry?

Yes, Artificial intelligence is already bringing the change to the retail industry. Implementation of the AI in the superstore and grocery stores can be a revolutionary change.

Q. How is AI used in shopping?

AI assists retailers with various things such as optimized product placement, enhanced user experience, inventory management, predictive analysis and various others.

Harnil Oza is a CEO of HData Systems - Data Science Company & Hyperlink InfoSystem a top mobile app development company in Canada, USA, UK, and India having a team of best app developers who deliver best mobile solutions mainly on Android and iOS platform and also listed as one of the top app development companies by leading research platform.

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