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Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation

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Pensa says its drone probably will start appearing in stores later this year.

Data subscription service Pensa Systems has created a drone and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.

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Texas-based data subscription service Pensa has created a drone and its underlying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.

The drone can hover to scan grocery shelves and check inventory levels, and uploads this data to the cloud so grocers and brand manufacturers can leverage fine-grained information about customers' shopping habits.

Walmart is testing in New York its Intelligent Retail Lab, which incorporates AI-driven cameras, sensors, and processors to flag out-of-stock items to internal apps monitored by workers.

Pensa CEO Richard Schwartz said grocery stores are serving as a testbed for the growing overlap between online and offline domains.

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