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How AI Robots Are Transforming The Retail Industry

Jun 16, 2023

How AI Robots Are Transforming The Retail Industry

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been on the rise recently. Technology companies are constantly leveraging these machines—or robots—in various industries to help them run their business better. In the retail sector, AI robots have greatly improved how businesses engage with customers, personalize marketing campaigns, and manage inventory. As a business in a very competitive industry, AI-powered automation is an advantage for it to maintain its place in the marketplace.

In the retail industry, some key issues require more than human expertise. These key issues include data analytics challenges. Unlike humans, AI robots have the ability to collect, process, and analyze large amounts of data from various sources in real-time. Not only does this save humans the time and effort from doing hours-long research, businesses are able to receive a maximum return on investment. 

Another issue is pricing errors typically caused by humans. When a business has both physical and digital commerce channels, operating them at once can be a complex task for the human. It can cause price discrepancies on items—especially during promotions or discounts. To ensure both smooth customer experiences, retailers must avoid these potential mistakes. AI robots sorts these problems out by alerting staff on price discrepancies. They are also able to scan shelf items in real time, alerting staff on items that are misplaced and missing pricing tags.

Besides correcting pricing errors with the AI robot’s ability to scan shelf items, this consequently helps with inventory management issues. For example, stockout situations can cause decreased customer loyalty and higher operational and labor costs. By analyzing in-store data and past purchase patterns, AI robots can help businesses revise their supply chains and adjust their stocks to meet necessary demands.

Since retailer-vendor agreements usually come with special demands e.g. certain products to be displayed in the store, AI robots can also maintain good product placements by detecting and alerting staff on any inconsistency. This can encourage good brand compliance while drawing in more potential customers. 

With the integration of AI robots, humans no longer need to do tedious and time-consuming tasks like managing stock and item pricing since AI robots can provide a much more reliable hand. Ultimately, customer satisfaction and customer loyalty can be guaranteed—while maxing out on sales and investment returns.