Walmart has just announced the launch of a so-called Intelligent Retail Lab at one of its stores in Levittown, New York.
The idea is to test the experiences of employees and customers. For example, Walmart wants to use Artificial Intelligence to better identify when supplies of items are running out to replenish inventory proactively. Led by an internal team called Kepler, Walmart also wants to use the technology to identify spilled liquids, better understand when shopping carts near the entrance are exhausted, and recognize when items are on the wrong shelf.
Tech publications, including this one, had previously reported that Project Kepler would include Cashierlesss outlets. Instead, Walmart says Kepler is the name of the team that built the AI lab at the operating Walmart store in Levittown.
Walmart has not yet launched the IRL, but it has already begun installing hardware, software and other necessary equipment to test it thoroughly. The IRL team is housed in Start Incubator Shop # 8 by Walmart.
Through the Walmart Warehouse Club Sam's Club, the retailer is testing new concepts such as mobile cash register, a camera system for inventory management, electronic shelf labels and other technologies. 1