The challenge with any fast food restaurant is to serve a large volume of customers in the fastest, most efficient way possible. Habit Burger Grill overhauled its aging ordering system and moved to Intel® IA-based tablets, while Wienerschnitzel developed an IoT mobile line-buster tablet. Both systems make ordering and payment as quick and easy for the staff as making French fries.

Attracting customers to coupons and promotional items as they stroll through a retail store has reached a new level of accuracy with IoT lighting solutions. With the newest generation of lighting from companies such as Philips Lighting, stores can precisely identify the location of in-store shoppers, giving marketers the ability to deliver highly targeted, location-based offers on the spot. 

The key in 2017 is not so much to think of what will happen over the next year, but how developments before and after 2017 will manifest themselves for the retail supply chain.

Café X in San Francisco pushes the boundaries of automation and customer service by using  an industrial-strength, smart robotic claw to bring coffee orders to customers. In this ultra-modern coffee shop, a mechanical barista, a Mitsubishi 6-axis industrial robot, can whip out 100 to 120 custom orders per hour.

Today’s retail industry is undergoing a transformation driven by continually evolving customer expectations, intensifying competitiveness and constant innovation. A huge source of this innovation is the IoT, creating far-reaching disruption in the retail market. MarketAndMarkets has projected that the retail IoT market will reach $35.64 billion by 2020, and if you take diverse business models and objectives of IoT projects such as service revenue, spend and cost-savings into account, Juniper forecasts the IoT opportunity will approach $300 billion annually by the same year.

With a touch screen and AI technology, the network-ready Pepsi Spire® digital soda dispenser jolts the self-serve drinking fountain business back to life.

This infographic demonstrates the Intel Retail Sensor Platform, which enables simple, effective inventory tracking and insight for brick-and-mortar retail environments.

Product marketing engineer Brian Roberts talks about the SteadyServ iKeg, which measures beer amounts and tracks kegs through supply, delivering real-time status, auto ordering info, and analytics from the cloud.

Intel Corp. wants to revolutionize the retail environment through a new Internet of Things retail platform that delivers a deeper understanding of how stores and people interact.

This week’s IoT news looks at a mix of activity across industries and the IoT ecosystem. Intel showcased its consumer side at CES 2017, and Hertz will give drivers a new set of IoT keys. With transition in the  future, The Department of Commerce offered its framework for IoT, and HPE tapped a new channel leader. Plus, wireless carriers hone in on IoT connectivity.


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