Image Recognition

Introduction to 4 part series on IR

Deep dive into how retail store analytics can help CPG brands instantly optimize their retail execution and out perform their sales goals in every store. This four part series helps you understand how AI and image recognition can go beyond just providing real time visibility, but also open new channels of revenue growth in the future.

Digital transformation in retail is not just about the technology that’s available today – it’s about how well can it align with your vision for the future. Be it Image Recognition or AI, the physical retail business should brace against an inevitable 'digital wave'.

Over a few decades, Retail manufacturers relied on legacy approaches to audit their store merchandise and gain insights on how their products are stocked and displayed on store shelves. Manual auditing creates roadblocks in the ability to fix in-store execution issues in time, capture store sales, and critical revenue-driving opportunities.

With every increasing product assortments and stores, CPG manufacturers need a more accurate and scalable solution that helps them streamline their sales execution efforts in every store.

What you see, is what you believe 

Retail execution is notoriously complex. A store is a leveling ground for CPG companies where anything that can go wrong will go wrong. 

While depending heavily on the accurate deployment of product, pricing, and promotional activities, retail audits have been subjected to proof-of-performance information collection through a manual audit process that fails to give a 'real picture' of your store conditions. 

Real-time in-store visibility can empower CPG manufacturers with the knowledge of how their execution strategies are executed in reality. 

Real-time store analytics enables them to ultimately make smart retail decisions to, 

  • Quickly address inefficiencies in their sales execution and prevent out of stocks on store shelves 
  • Respond better to demand changes 
  • Conduct frequent compliance checks of your promotions, planogram, and more. 
  • Get a pulse on every move your competitors make 
  • Understand when and how a sale takes place inside a store

How does Image Recognition work for in-store execution?

We have a more comprehensive blog on how image recognition can help optimize your in-store retail execution. For the sake of simplicity and elaborate on the working of image recognition in retail stores, we will explore it below.

Image Recognition and In-store automation can be achieved with two methods:

  • By enabling your merchandizers to capture in-store image using their mobile devices, or
  • By installing low form-factor-based IoT-based cameras on the retail shelves to capture images of the store shelves frequently throughout the day.
In-store image capture
In-store image capture
image recognition and AI for retail execution
Image Recognition and AI for retail execution

With the willingness to adopt AI & Image Recognition, manufacturers can solely concentrate on improving sales at every store rather than battling inexecution efficiencies every single time. This can enable your team to better manage their field force, empower them to do more at every store they visit and improve on-shelf SKU visibility on-the-go.

From retail execution to retail opportunity  

What are the critical business questions your Image Recognition and AI solutions must answer? 

With retail execution, the goal is simple - To increase same-store sales. 

But, retail companies are under constant pressure to diversify, discover and tap into new channels of revenue generation. This can prove beneficial in leading the future market in product segments catering to niche markets. 

The future of retail business growth will depend on the AI system's ability to adapt and scale with growing demand,  identifying and proactively recommending growth opportunities.

In this 4 part blog, we answer how Image Recognition and AI can answer critical business questions that can transform your in-store retailing.  We will also present interesting and suitable business use cases to explore the possibilities of AI.

Here is a snapshot of what we will answer,

Part 1

  1. What do you want your business to look like next year and in five years? 
  • What are the growth areas? 
  • How will they come? what locations, which stores, what subcategories, and what niche? 
  • Why and when will this growth happen? 
  • How easy will be it be to identify and acquire these new market opportunities?

Part 2

  1. Which SaaS feature and AI capabilities will help you get there? 

Part 3

  1. Currently, how and where are you wasting your resources (money, time, and workforce)?
  • Are they failing to deliver desired business results?
  • How can you modernize and empower them to not be just an agent, but an extension of your retail operations?

Part 4

  1. What will be the future impact on the adoption of Image Recognition and AI in your retail business? 


Have a specific question or use case in mind that only AI or Image Recognition can resolve? Reach out us using the below form or leave a comment. You can also discover more about our image recognition solution - InfiViz.