Walmart: Check It Out

Walmart: Check It Out

May 17, 2018

Consumers can check out Walmart’s “Check out with me” technology to pay for their Lawn & Garden Center purchases at 350 stores across the country.

Walmart associates, toting cellular devices and Bluetooth printers, scan heavy items like bags of mulch while it’s still on the shelf, saving customers the hassle of loading it into carts and pushing it back into the store to fixed checkout stations.  The technology will also assist customers outdoors in the live plant and potting soil areas.

The system is being tested in Lawn & Garden Centers, because that is where it is most needed to improve the customer check out experience.  However, eventually it could be used elsewhere in the store as well.  If successful, the system could be implemented at Walmart’s 4700 U.S. locations.

Walmart may also have checkout-free technology in the works to battle Amazon’s Whole Foods or the new Amazon Go stores, where customers can just pick up their items and leave while cameras, sensors, and AI technology track and charge them for their purchases.

This post is based on the Retail Leader article, Walmart makes more digital moves, by Gina Acosta, April 23, 2018; and on the Continue reading

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NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center? Slam Dunk!

NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center? Slam Dunk!

For the third time, the 2018 NBA All-Star weekend will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The organizers underscore how experience with hosting major events such as the Grammy Awards and the NBA Finals facilitates the planning and execution of a successful project. Despite being planning pros, though, it took two years of intense preparation to make a slam dunk.

This post is based on the Los Angeles Times article, When the NBA All-Star Show Comes to Town, It’s ‘Managed Chaos’, by P. Coro, February 15, 2018. Image source: PureStock / SuperStock.

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1. Projects are said to involve nonroutine activities. Can hosting the All-Star weekend at the Staples Center be considered a project if the event already took place in Los Angeles in 2004 and 2011?

Guidance: Discuss the characteristics of projects: unique operations, limited time frame, large number of activities, high cost, variety of skill requirements, multiple teams, etc. Despite past experience with similar projects at the Staples Center (non-unique), the activities are hardly “routine.” Moreover, new infrastructure and programs create new logistical challenges. This project does involve a limited time frame, a very large number of activities, and a high cost. Continue reading

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Amazon Go-Go-Go

Amazon Go-Go-Go

February 1, 2018

Amazon Go is now open to the public. You may have heard of Amazon’s new bricks-and-mortar venture, located in its headquarters building in Seattle  The store was originally announced in 2017, but the pubic launch was delayed until the kinks had been worked out of the technology.

The store features an automatic checkout system. No waiting in line for checkout – the store uses a variety of technologies to track the items that you remove from the shelf.  You simply pick up the items you want, walk out of the store, your Amazon account is charged, and an electronic receipt is generated.

Items available include ready to eat meals, grocery essentials, meal kits (to make meals), and the very popular “Just Walk Out Shopping” mug.  To shop in the store, you need a smartphone, the Amazon Go app, and an Amazon account with associated payment methods.

Interestingly, on one of its first days of operation, a line formed to enter the store… for the store that isn’t supposed to have lines.

This post is based on the USA Today article, Amazon Go: lines form in Seattle to be among the first to try checkout-free shopping, Continue reading

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