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Top Post Pandemic Retail Automation Trends in 2021

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The retail industry is not the same as it was before the pandemic. The changes that it has already undergone and is expected to undergo in the future will help it emerge from the slide down due to the pandemic. 

The pandemic has also resulted in exposing the weaknesses of different things across the retail landscape, which has led many retailers to act towards changing things. One of the things that retailers are very seriously thinking about is reconsidering the purpose of their stores. They are also looking to create digital and physical experiences to offer shoppers something different. 

With the thought of bringing change and digital transformation, retailers are now showing an increased interest in newer operating models, technologies, and innovations. Before the pandemic, many retailers thought that they have a lot of time in hand to bring about the necessary changes in how they operate. However, the pandemic made them rethink their strategy. And they have made these changes in just a few months. This is where retail automation has also come into the picture.

So what does retail automation stand for? It is everything digital that is brought into the retail picture to make things easy to manage and to provide exceptional digital experiences. These include mobile and robot automation as well as infrastructure automation, such as computer vision and RFID amongst others. What retail automation does is provide visibility of the retail environment to retailers. This helps them to increase their revenue by having products that are more likely to be bought by shoppers. 

Retail automation also does a world of good to the operations within the store as well as at different stages of the supply chain. It improves e-commerce operations, logistics, and everything else that you can think of. Retail automation has come as a blessing for retailers who were finding it hard to find a solution to the problems caused by the pandemic. For instance, it is now helping workers inside a retail store find issues, make items available, improve price integrity, and make the most of their merchandising efforts amongst other things. What this does is provide shoppers everything they need so that they leave the store satisfied. 

Another trend that is going to be really popular is the use of mobile phone apps for check out at retail stores. This has already started and people are using phone apps and other technologies to make their payment at stores to do away with the need for manned checkouts. What this is also doing is allowing shoppers to avoid queues. This is also contributing towards a much more improved shopping experience.

 

Retailers are also expected to move more towards omnichannel. This will help them to better their sales significantly. Different technologies like VR and AR are used to make shopping a more convenient experience for the customers.

Another trend that is going to be really popular is the use of mobile phone apps for check out at retail stores. This has already started and people are using phone apps and other technologies to make their payment at stores to do away with the need for manned checkouts. What this is also doing is allowing shoppers to avoid queues. This is also contributing towards a much more improved shopping experience.

So what does retail automation stand for? It is everything digital that is brought into the retail picture to make things easy to manage and to provide exceptional digital experiences. These include mobile and robot automation as well as infrastructure automation, such as computer vision and RFID amongst others. What retail automation does is provide visibility of the retail environment to retailers. This helps them to increase their revenue by having products that are more likely to be bought by shoppers.

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