• How to Automate Merchandising: Practical Tips

    04.12.2023 ShelfMatch talks

    Besides the question “How to grab the attention of customers and make them want to buy from me rather than from my rivals”, every day, managers, marketers, merchandisers and sales representatives are faced with a large number of other questions – regarding the display of goods on store shelves:

    • Are my products placed on shelves uniformly and coherently across multiple stores in accordance with the planogram?
    • Are products placed in the order demonstrated in the planogram?
    • Are all product items (SKUs) present on the shelf?
    • Are product labels facing the consumer?
    • Are products surrounded by complimentary items to drive cross selling?
    • What is my competitive environment?
    • Are all my goods affixes with price tags?
    • Has the retailer leveraged promotional shelf labels?
    • Are signs, banners, and shelf dividers adequately visible?

    And so on.

    Timely and accurate answers on the questions above are extremely important to improve the inventory turnover, increase sales volume, skillfully manage items with irregular demand (e.g. seasonal products), and effectively manage contract obligations compliance.

    Will you please count the number of SKUs in the photo above in a couple of seconds by eye? How about determining the share of shelf for each product category and comparing the data with a planogram – yep, with your own eyes, but accurately and quickly?

    Here’s where Artificial Intelligence will help you out!

    In 2,5 seconds AI will recognize and count the number of SKUs, share of shelf, conduct planogram compliance and detect inconsistencies of product layouts. An automated inventory management system can also help businesses keep track of their stock levels automatically with minimal human intervention. How long would it take your sales rep to manually calculate these metrics?

    Computer vision in AI is the development of automated systems to interpret images in the same manner as people do. Computer vision technologies are extremely sophisticated and developing quickly. They are capable of coping with merchandising audit (retail execution) tasks not only much more quickly, than a human eye, but also more accurately than the human brain.

    Artificial Intelligence and Retail image recognition are coming to store shelves, delivering almost instant access to data captured by field representatives and enabling stakeholders gain smart vital insights into what’s on their shelves and make better evidence-based decisions almost in the twinkling of an eye. 

    To be continued.

  • AI for merchandising

    03.10.2023 ShelfMatch talks

    Modern digital systems are developing very quickly, and there is practically no area in which “smart” solutions have not appeared. Retail is no exception. Reduce the time for shelf audit, avoid mistakes, get real-time reports, optimize costs - tasks that many companies regularly solve. And as digital systems quickly show their effectiveness, the demand for them becomes higher. 

  • Shelfmatch: Product recognition using machine learning and AI

    01.10.2023 ShelfMatch talks

    In the last decade, the field of off-line retail has become increasingly dynamic. In conditions of fierce competition and pressure from on-line retail, there was a need to receive data in real time, new tools for working with data from retail outlets were required.
    FMCG retail strives to implement the perfect store concept as efficiently as possible, solving the tasks of high-quality logistics construction, compliance with the standards of layout, creating a positive customer experience.

    Solving these tasks requires tools for effective placement and control of goods on the shelves.

    Shelfmath has developed a highly efficient solution that responds to retail requests. The Shelfmatch service perfectly recognizes products on the shelf. And the use of machine learning and AI allows you to get ready-made reports, plan logistics, modernize the salary fund, track the dynamics of sales growth, as well as set your own framework and get the necessary analytics.

    The Shelfmatch service is a new window of opportunity for retail companies. The service provides valuable and high-quality data in real time, helps to improve the efficiency of product management and saves resources.

  • What is SaaS

    22.09.2023 ShelfMatch talks

    Software as a service (SaaS) is the use of software as a service. The technology has been known since the second half of the 20th century, but has found active use in recent years. When using such model, users are given access to ready-made software without the need to use additional equipment - all the necessary infrastructure is located in the cloud service