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Method for efficient store shelf loading

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237753D
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

In the retail industry there is a known and expensive problem with shelf compliance. Retailers agree with manufacturers about detailed planograms, and any deviation from that planogram is potential market loss for the manufacturer and a definite contract violation from the side of the retailer. This paper describes a business process for efficiently and accurately restocking product shelves.

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Method for efficient store shelf loading

The disclosure describes a system that intends to help an in-store employee to stack and verify shelf content. The system contains a cart with an attached vertically aligned pole, that holds a light projector and a camera (or smart phone with a built in camera) pointed towards the side of the cart. Upon request or whenever an image processing algorithm detects a missing or mal placed product in the camera's video stream, the projector points to the expected position of the missing product and through a laptop, smart phone or tablet PC a detailed message of the missing product is given to the employee.

The core of the invention is an instrumented pole which can function as a standalone or be practically attached to a cart full of goods to be stacked on the store shelves.

    Per user's request or continuously as the cart rolls down an aisle, the shelf walls are registered by state of the art image processing algorithms to expected planograms. Whenever there is a need for the user to change something on a shelf an application running on a tablet PC (smart phone or laptop) alerts the user and gives details of the relevant product. If for example there is a need to restock a shelf, the user picks up one or many of the relevant product from his cart, and starts to pile them at the precise spot indicated by the light projector.

    Since the scene is very cluttered (with many different textures, and varying lightning) it would be techn...