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Challenges of the Retail sector

Omnichannel: untenable costs

The conversion to the inevitable omnichannel distribution drives costs to an untenable level without price inflation.

Outdated identification system

Outdated barcode identification demands anachronistic personnel costs for manual scanning and opportunity costs, useless in a 4.0 environment.

Unusable encoding with perishables

Unusable barcode coding system that keeps perishables out of mechanization.

Batch traceability without item resolution

Traceability system by batches (barcode) for generic product without SKU at the unit item level, undermining the health directive.

Unresolved Offline to Online (O2O) paradigm

An unsolved paradigm between local distribution (Click & Collect) and centralized logistics with own vehicles for the growing online demand.

Consolidated stock difficulty

Technical difficulties to consolidate stocks between concurrent offline and online demand platforms.

Cost overruns in HR without added value

Imbalances in HR profiles: more technicians and sales assistants are required and fewer personnel are required in Cash lines.

Demographic horizon

Personnel shortage in some countries for Cash lines (Japan). This situation can be reproduced in advanced countries in this decade.

The timely migration of the sector to RFID

All the indicated tensions are reflected in additional costs. The migration towards an identification with RFID stands out as the technology that better and faster can contribute decisively to modernize the sector towards a 4.0 environment, where the shopping cart and basket and the fast4shop frame are part of the data chain in real time.

Towards the 4.0 value chain

Converting cashiers into sales assistants

The high HR costs in checkout lines currently do not generate added value, their conversion into direct sales assistants in the store or as order preparers does it. This necessary reconversion is estimated at 80%, balancing personnel costs between the store and the growing online demand.

Transfer of unproductive costs from store to e-commerce

In this decade, grocery distribution from the store to the customer through the electronic commerce channel will reach one third of total. It is imperative to transfer mechanizable costs of store personnel to HR requirements for order preparation and online channel logistics. With a current cost of RFID tag around $ 2c and with a downward trend in the future with magnetic inks (Chipless), the fast4shop shopping cart can incorporate these costs without price inflation.

Traceability at the unit item level

With the EPC code of the RFID tag, traceability is mechanized at the item level (SKU) that the current barcode does not reach, ensuring the health directive for end-to-end traceability.

Control of perishables in real time

With the current scanning of generic article, the composition of perishables on the shelves is not resolved. The review is manually done by a store operator (significant cost). The control of perishables is automatic from the Host on the store immediately and without personnel with the introduction of products in the fast4shop shopping cart.

Store stock update in real time (omnichannel)

The commitment to a friendly e-commerce service based on proximity (Click & Collect) requires a reliable and real-time control of the stock of items on the shelves (this is one of the most outstanding challenges of Offline to Online). The fast4shop shopping cart resolves in advance (before payment) the stock available in store with its update on the portal.

Nightly store inventory with RFID robots

The inventory with RFID robots would mean a significant decrease in the costs of managing the store. With a 1,500 m² store area, 2 or 3 robots would sort the available stock in a short time.

IoT perspective, home automation in kitchen, fridge, pantry …

The migration towards RFID coding of products is leading to a demand that in the coming years will largely be automated, with the dialogue between sensors and devices at home on the IoT scenario (home automation in the kitchen, refrigerator, pantry …) generating unattended purchasing lists in an App. RFID is a constitutive part of the IoT ecosystem.

The mechanization of e-packing

Growing demand for the e-Grocery channel

The acceleration of demand for the online channel of Large Distribution requires the deployment of logistics warehouses that integrate and optimize mechanization to the maximum (robots for delivering products to the order picker) with human resources dedicated to exclusively packing tasks.

Semi-mechanized craft operation

The proper nesting of dozens of food items of a typical order is a difficult task of robotization, fast4shop Frame is an effective solution that contributes to adding mechanization to a task of a traditional nature.

Free hands

Order pickers in an e-commerce grocery warehouse require that their hands be exclusively dedicated to packing groceries. fast4shop Frame frees the picker from order control, product scanning and button presses.

Automatic control to arrange the items

With fast4shop Frame integrated in the ordering system, the picker entry of items into the box is controlled in real time, ordered by weight, volume and fragility. fast4shop automatically activates the advance of products on the conveyor belts or mobile shelves with the fulfillment of the order or stopping them and issuing warning errors.


The productivity of the order picker in the semi-traditional grocery packing procedure increases dramatically with fast4shop Frame, freeing him from any control task, and only dedicated to the art of optimizing the volume of the box and a correct arrangement of heterogeneous items.

Comparison RFID vs. Vision / AI