Amazon Wants Convenience Stores to Be More Convenient

Amazon Wants Convenience Stores to Be More Convenient

As Amazon expands its presence in physical retail, it is also trying to disrupt it.

We all dread checkout lines at the grocery store. To eliminate this bottleneck in the shopping experience, Amazon is experimenting with a new concept that involves digital cameras, sensors, computers, and phone apps. The company’s initial building project has been scaled down from large grocery stores to convenience stores. After several years of research and millions of dollars spent, the project remains at the pilot stage.

In the end, the project may be more about a new, big idea than a store.   


Video Spotlight: Shopping Experience at Amazon Go


This post is based on the Bloomberg Businessweek article, Amazon’s Ambitious Research Project Is a Convenience Store, by B. Stone and M. Day, July 18, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Does Amazon Go Work?by Techquickie, March 13, 2018. Image source: Hero Images / Image Source.

Discussion Questions:

1. At what stage of the life cycle is this project? Justify your answer.

Guidance: This is a pilot project. The pilot project itself is in the execution and monitoring stages. Quality is assessed with thorough testing, and changes are Continue reading

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The Barcode Turns 45

The Barcode Turns 45

July 20, 2019

June 26, 2019 marked the 45th anniversary of the barcode.

The barcode first appeared on a pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum that was scanned in Troy, Ohio at the Marsh Supermarket.  Barcodes are now an integral part of our lives, being scanned over 6 billion times each day.

The barcode was originally used in the supermarket industry to reduce checkout times, and improve accuracy.  Today, its uses extends beyond the checkout line. We use them for health care, supply chain management, admission to movie theaters, and driver’s licenses.  Despite its age, the barcode is still useful today.


Video Spotlight:  45th Anniversary of the Barcode’s Debut


This post is based on the PR Newswire article, GS1 US Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the Barcode’s Debut in Retail, by GS1 US, June 24, 2019; videos and infographics celebrating the anniversary, history, and current state of barcodes by GS1 US, June 24, 2019; and the YouTube video, 45th anniversary of the Barcode’s Debut, by GS1 US, June 26, 2019. Image source: jamie_cross/123RF.

Discussion Questions: 

1. What are the benefits of barcodes?

Guidance: They reduce errors, are easy to use, inexpensive, and provide Continue reading

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