Introducing New Standard AI Zone Monitoring: Using Visual AI to Tackle Billion-Dollar Problems for Retail

November 15, 2023


With just a few cameras and the power of Standard AI’s Vision platform, new Zone Monitoring gives retailers powerful tools to manage inventory and prevent loss

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., November 16, 2023 — Standard AI, the world leader in retail AI, today announced the extension of the Standard AI Vision platform that offers a groundbreaking new way to use AI to address loss, inventory management, and other retail operational challenges. The first platform to leverage advanced visual AI in the most profitable sectors of convenience retail, new Standard Zones are offered today in the tobacco, beer, and fresh food  / grab and go sections of the store. Going forward, Standard AI will bring the Vision platform to other sections of the store, including lottery, cash drawer, fuel, and beyond.

Labor challenges, inventory management, and theft have impeded retailers from realizing their full potential. Convenience retailers lose an estimated $48 billion each year from poor inventory management, according to a study* by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Retailers lose an estimated $1.5 billion each year from tobacco theft and another $2.5 billion each year from beer theft.

How it Works

The setup for Zone Monitoring in store is deceptively simple. Three to five cameras are installed over the transaction zone. The real power is in the sophisticated visual AI that monitors every interaction with the shelf. Out-of-stock notifications are delivered for real-time inventory management. Suspected theft is captured via video clip and is accessible by store management. The system provides analytics, trends, and insights for a deeper understanding of shopping behavior and theft trends in that zone.

Friendly Express is among a slew of retailers that are soon to use the new Zone Monitoring to understand and prevent loss and better manage out of stocks and inventory. “We’ve used Skip self-checkout to help augment our in-store teams and better the shopper experience,” said Amy Wood, Director of IT, Friendly Express. “We are excited about the promise of new Tobacco and Fresh Food Trackers to help us lower shrink and ensure the right products are on the shelf when customers want them.”

“Every new product we build is designed to help our customers solve immediate problems while ensuring they are on a path to an autonomous future,” said Jordan Fisher, CEO of Standard AI.  “Zone Monitoring puts our powerful visual AI to work in the most lucrative parts of the store.”

The Standard AI Vision platform and new Zone monitoring offerings uniquely provide:

Adhering to Standard AI’s longstanding commitment to ethical considerations and privacy rights, the Vision platform ensures:

As the retail landscape undergoes transformative change, the Standard AI Vision platform, combined with Tobacco Tracker + Beer Tracker, stands at the forefront, empowering retailers to seize today’s opportunities and embrace the promise of tomorrow.

*”The Cost of Poor Inventory Management for Convenience Retailers,” conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) in 2022.

About Standard AI

Standard AI has transformed retail as we know it with the world’s most robust end-to-end retail AI platform. The Standard AI vision-based platform is uniquely comprised of a breadth of solutions that offer retailers the ability to accelerate growth, transform retail operations, and manage labor, inflation, and loss challenges. From innovative self-checkout options from Skip to powerful AI-based zone-monitoring solutions to full autonomous, checkout-free shopping experiences that allow customers to shop, tap, and go – without waiting in line! The company’s machine vision and AI-powered solution is the only one that can be quickly and easily installed in retailers’ existing stores and offers game-changing insights into retail operations and shopper behavior. This represents a giant leap forward for retail tech that enables retailers to rapidly deliver amazing new shopping experiences to customers. The first and best-funded startup in this space, Standard AI has launched multiple operational stores with customers and is working with international retailers. Learn more at Standard.AI.

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