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Posted on January 12, 2018

The world's first self-driving store

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Groceries are soon to be a $1 trillion business worldwide, and perishables like fresh produce make up around 60% of all groceries sold, however according to Kantar Worldpanel just a tiny fraction of that - less than 5% - has moved online. This is because having humans pick and deliver groceries is prohibitively expensive for retailers, and because consumers don't trust someone else picking produce for them. So Robomart are building a fleet of on-demand, self-driving stores that they will license to retailers to power the most affordable on-demand delivery services across the world.
 
HOW IT WORKS
Consumers will simply tap a button to request the closest robomart. Once it arrives, they head outside, unlock the doors, and shop for the products they want. When they are done, they just close the doors and send it on its way. Robomart tracks what customers have taken using patent pending "grab and go" checkout free technology and will charge them and send a receipt accordingly.
 
COMPELLING CONSUMER DEMAND
Robomart conducted extensive research and surveyed women between 26-44 in the US and found that more than 85% of them do not shop for fruits and vegetables online, because they felt home delivery is too expensive and that they wanted to pick their own produce. Almost 65% said they would order a robomart more than once a week.
 
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STATE-OF-THE-ART-TECHNOLOGY
  • State-of-the-art, patent pending technology to enable fully autonomous grocery shopping
  • Completely autonomous, level 5, self driving vehicles that require no safety driver
  • Fully electric vehicles that are environmentally friendly and leave a green footprint
  • Equipped with the latest cutting edge technology to access completely wireless EV charging
ROBOMART PROTOTYPE
Robomart have built their first prototype at a contract manufacturer's facility in California and have started work on fully functional Robomarts which are aimed to be deployed in commercial pilots soon. Robomart have also partnered with the leading wireless EV charging station provider and will offer their wireless charging stations as part of their offering. Retailers can sponsor these pilots and test the autonomous store proposition with their customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Retailers would have access to the state-of-the-art autonomous fleet management system that manages orders, routing, restocking and teleoperations. Although this system will be automated, they would have the ability to manually communicate with customers, store staff and law enforcement via teleoperations if required, and access real time sales data and analytics.
 
Source and images: Robomart
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