Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 51 unmanned systems inside December 2017/January 2018 The Eyesee inventory drone from the Hardis Group is designed to simplify, secure and accelerate stock checks in warehouses. in their stores, as have regional chains BevMo! and Schnuck Markets. There's also a large fo- cus on automation in warehouses, with some of the bigger retailers beginning to incorporate drones as part of their process. Implementing this technology to improve inventory management and the customer ex- perience is still in its early stages, so there re- mains a lot to learn, but the retailers who are starting to adopt it can see the potential it has to change the industry for the better, said Tom Litchford, vice president of retail technology for the National Retail Federation. "I'm a 35 year retail guy and the pace of change right now is fascinating," Litchford said. "There's a whole cultural shift from my early days in retail to today. You have to try these things to see how they impact opera- tions, but you also have to think about if it's really going to serve the customer better, and if it doesn't work, you have to move on to some- thing else. Robots have huge promise and a lot of people are trying to figure it out." Managing In-Store Inventory WALMART If store associates are walking up and down the aisles scanning shelves, they're not spend- ing time doing the best, and most important, part of their job—which is interacting with customers and helping them find what they IMPLEMENTING STANDARDS When the drones are flying inside warehouses (some inventory drones, such as the system developed by PINC, fly outside as well) they don't have to adhere to Part 107 rules, PINC CEO Matt Yearling said. OSHA regulations would apply, but there are no standards for indoor drones just yet. That will change over time, especially because safety is a top priority when implementing any kind of technology or process in a warehouse.

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