Amazon 無人商店系統Just Walk Out將在Whole Foods超市測試

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Amazon繼續擴充無人商店系統Just Walk Out。Amazon昨(8)日表示將把Just Walk Out AI商店方案在華盛頓特區及加州兩家Whole Foods超市測試。

Amazon去年將無人商店Amazon Go的AI商店技術以Just Walk Out為品牌單獨銷售,以便推向外部零售業客戶。明年起Just Walk Out將推向Whole Foods位於華盛頓特區格洛弗園(Glover Park)附近及加州謝爾曼奧克斯(Sherman Oaks)市兩家門市測試。

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Just Walk Out整合了攝影機、感測融合(sensor fusion)、電腦視覺與深度學習技術,消費者只要從貨架上拿了商品就可以走人,不需排隊結帳。這套AI系統會辨識及偵測從貨架上拿出或放回的商品,並以虛擬購物車來計算。消費者拿了商品後可以直接走出店門,系統會依據虛擬購物車的商品金額,從綁定Amazon帳號的信用卡扣款。

不過不像Amazon Go需要下載專用App,產生QR Code後刷進閘門。部署Just Walk Out的店家中,消費者是以刷信用卡來通過閘道進入店內。

在最新的測試中,Amazon更新了Just Walk Out的演算法以支援Whole Foods所有商品,包括自助機臺的商品,也整合Whole Foods現有結帳支付處理系統,因應消費者的支付喜好

要使用Just Walk Out結帳的消費者可透過三種方式進入商店,包括以Whole Food或Amazon App刷QR code、以Amazon One掌紋識別系統,或是在Just Walk Out閘道插入綁定Amazon帳號的信用卡。在上述兩家店家內,消費者仍可選擇以現金、商品券、或信用卡消費。以Just Walk Out結帳的用戶會在之後,經由Whole Food App接到電子化收據。

在此之前,Just Walk Out方案已經在美英地區多家Amazon Fresh超市,以及零售商OTG位於紐約三座機場的商店部署使用。

COVID-19根除希望渺茫,世衛:未來必須與病毒共處|數位時代 BusinessNext

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世界衛生組織(WHO)官員7日表示,COVID-19病毒在全球各地未接種疫苗的國家境內持續突變,且先前寄望能根除此病毒的希望逐漸渺茫,因此未來人類很可能必須「與之共處」。

美國媒體CNBC報導,世衛公共衛生緊急計畫執行主任萊恩(Mike Ryan)在記者會上表示:「我認為,這種病毒將與我們同在,它會像流感病毒一樣不斷進化,成為影響我們生活的病毒之一。」

萊恩強調:「有人說,我們將會把這種病毒趕盡殺絕、連根拔除。事實上我們做不到,這非常、非常不可能發生。」

世界生組織官員先前曾表示,沒人能保證有了疫苗之後,COVID-19(2019冠狀病毒疾病)就會像其他病毒一樣在世界上消失。

包括美國白宮首席防疫顧問佛奇(Anthony Fauci)、莫德納藥廠執行長班塞爾(Stephane Bancel)等多位權威專家都曾警告,世界將必須永遠與COVID-19共存,就像流感一樣。

世衛官員說,如果全球及早採取因應措施,遏止病毒傳播,今日情勢可能會截然不同。

世衛流行病學家、COVID-19技術主管范科霍芙(Maria Van Kerkhove)7日說,「疫情爆發伊始,我們曾有機會(挽救局勢)。這場疫情大可不必變得如此糟糕。」

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Amazon Fresh grocery store opening in Murrieta, a first for the Inland Empire

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The Inland Empire’s first Amazon Fresh market is set to open in Murrieta Town Center in late fall, a move that will complement additional Amazon Fresh openings planned for La Habra and Cerritos in the coming months.

The three stores will boost the company’s Southern California footprint to 11 locations.

News of the store’s upcoming opening was shared by a local videographer in the comments section of the city’s Facebook post. The city, in turn, provided a photo of the Amazon Fresh market, which is under construction. A company spokeswoman declined to reveal an exact opening date and wouldn’t offer additional details, saying the company “doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.”

Scott Agajanian, Murrieta’s deputy director of economic development, said Amazon Fresh will be a welcome addition to the retail center, which includes Burlington, Ross Dress For Less, Marshalls and Floor & Decor, among other anchor stores.

“That area has been under-grocered for some time,” he said. “We have a Sam’s Club across the street, but that’s for higher volume shopping.”

Amazon Fresh is known for offering a high-tech, streamlined shopping experience.

The company didn’t say whether the Murrieta store, like those coming to La Habra and Cerritos, will feature Just Walk Out technology, allowing shoppers to enter a store, grab what they want and leave without going through a checkout line or self-serve kiosk.

Amazon Fresh District Manager Jondolon Bush explained the system this way:

“We have hundreds of cameras located throughout the store and sensor-enabled shelving,” he said. “That, coupled with deep-learning algorithms, allows us to recognize all of the products shoppers take off or put back on the shelves.”

Customers pass through a scanning station when entering the store, enabling them to use either a QR code in their Amazon app, their palm print using Amazon One or a credit or debit card linked to an Amazon account.

As they shop, Amazon’s technology adds up items taken off the shelf and put into a shopper’s virtual (and real) cart. When they exit the store, their card will be charged for all of the items in their virtual cart. If a customer wants a receipt, they can visit a kiosk in the store, enter their email address and a receipt will be sent to them.

Other Amazon Fresh stores use checkout-free Dash Carts which also allow shoppers to sign in using a QR code from their Amazon app. Customers not feeling so tech-savvy can use traditional checkout lanes staffed by Amazon employees.

Amazon Fresh carries a broad selection of produce, meat and seafood, baked goods and prepared foods made daily at the store, including made-to-order pizzas, rotisserie chickens and hot sandwiches.

The budding supermarket chain has 18 stores, including eight in Southern California, four in Illinois, one in Maryland, one in Pennsylvania, one in Virginia, two in Washington state and one in Washington, D.C.

Southern California stores currently in operation are in Fullerton, Irvine, Long Beach, Ladera Heights, North Hollywood, Northridge, Whittier and Woodland Hills.

More than 3,000 full-time and part-time Amazon Fresh jobs have been created in Southern California since the first local store opened in Woodland Hills in the fall of 2020, the company said.