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As of this week, Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. has installed its bottom-of-the-basket (BOB) loss prevention solution LaneHawk in 1,000 stores, making the vendor’s total deployed base almost 10,000 checkout lanes.
The LaneHawk system, built on Microsoft’s Windows Server operating system, uses video analysis to identify and ring up articles in a shopping cart’s BOB to ensure they’re not omitted from the order and accidentally given away. LaneHawk’s high-speed vision technology, also used in sophisticated robotics applications, recognizes items without requiring special packaging, tags, transponders or shopping cart modifications.
“LaneHawk has been a proven success in the stores where we’ve tested it, and has helped to reduce bottom-of-basket loss,” said Alan Aront, VP at Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp. “We look forward to rolling it out to select ShopRite stores in the future.”
Douglas Winsor, President and COO of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Haug Enterprises, a Supervalu franchise operator, has seen similar results. “The system has reduced our shrink and improved our operating income,” he said. “As an owner/operator, we are very focused on deploying high-ROI, fast-payback technology solutions, like LaneHawk.”
BOB items are typically large and often expensive, such as full cases of beverages, produce, and paper products. Because of this, Evolution Robotics said savings from preventing these losses pays for the LaneHawk system in as little as six to nine months.
Based in Pasadena, Calif., Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. develops intelligent products and solutions for the retail industry, based on ViPR, its visual pattern recognition technology. For more information, visit www.evoretail.com.