May 19, 2020

Amazon considering 3,000 more cashierless stores by 2021

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Amazon considering 3,000 more cashierless stores by 2021
Amazon is keen to push its cashierless Amazon Go stores into the mainstream, and is considering launching 3000 by 2021 according to Bloomberg
Customers at Go stores are tracked as they shop, with products they select from shelves being added to a virtual basket and confirmed when they leave.
The charge is then automatically applied to their Amazon account.
Jeff Bezos reportedly sees an opportunity to dominate a new market space in convenience stores by focusing on speedy transactions.
Spencer Soper of Bloomberg Technology said that Amazon Go is the “most distinct” of its brick-and-mortar initiatives, and that the stores could compete with food convenience outlets to revolutionize the lunchtime rush.
By removing cashiers and the need for physical payment, Amazon could focus on prepared foods and capitalize on time-conscious customers’ desire to buy their lunch or quick bite as quickly as possible. 
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Soper said that Amazon’s challenge is to figure out a way to expand this idea whilst mitigating the expense, as “the cost of this technology is extremely expensive right now”.
Amazon may not go down this particular route, however, and could opt to compete more directly with convenience outlets such as 7-Eleven, offering groceries alongside prepared foods.
The ecommerce behemoth recently opened a second Amazon Go store in Seattle, albeit a smaller one than the flagship.
The Seattle Times noted at the time that the second store did not have the liquor section, full in-house kitchen, or grocery staples, suggesting a desire to streamline the idea of cashierless stores into a more focused initiative.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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