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Retail Robotics: Potential Applications and the Human-Less Store of the Future

Platt Retail Institute

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Robots, in one form or another, have been around for decades. Robots were introduced into the manufacturing of automobiles, for example, as far back as 1961. Adoption in retail, particularly in the case of front-of-store operations, is a much more recent phenomenon. This article briefly discusses various robots currently being deployed in the retail industry. This is followed by the introduction of five potential applications. Finally, a new concept store of the future that is run entirely by robots is presented.

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