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Posted on July 26, 2017

Worlds first autonomous, staffless, mobile store

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The Moby Mart is an autonomous, staffless, mobile store, turning every parking space in the world into a potential new 24-hour store. Moby Mart are currently working with tech to make the Moby self-driving.
It is the store that comes to you, instead of you coming to the store.
The Moby Mart offers products for immediate consumption, such as milk, lunch, or medicine over the counter, around the clock. Just enter the store, take what you need, and leave computers, light bulbs and other items can be ordered in advance picked up at the nearest Moby Mart.
By using AI, patented inventions, and the famous cloud, the Moby turns technology unvisible. It's the simplest shopping ever and the offering is identical in Iquigig, Alaska and downtown Manhattan.
Running on electricity and equipped with solar panels the Moby is also the most environmentally friendly store on the market. With an Integrated Air purifier, the Moby Mart does not only not pollute, it cleans up.
The Moby Mart is not science fiction. It's currently being Beta Tested in Shanghai.
The Moby Mart is developed by Wheelys Inc in cooperation with Hefei University and Himalafy.
Automatic restocking
The most important thing for physical retailers is restocking and managing inventory. Moby keeps track of everything sold, and the system automatically prepares to restock when running out of important items. Also, there is no need for moving goods from trucks; instead the entire store will run back to the warehouse to restock or even dock with other Moby Mart s to refill. Example: One Moby is out of batteries, another is out of cream. Since the cloud knows where they are, it can help them find a place to meet and exchange products. Patents are pending on this technology.
Drone deliveries
The Moby Mart will have 4 drones deployed on the roof. A smaller selection of products are available for automated packaging and drone delivery. The drones have a big advantage and most deliveries can be carried out in matter of minutes. Soon larger drones will be available and customers can order larger items from the Moby Mart. To be deployed winter 2017-2018.
Solar powered
On the roof of the Moby there are solar panels, which recharge the battery of the electrical engine.
Self driving
The Mobys are currently either driven by a driver or by remote control. Moby Mart are working in cooperation with the Hefei Technical University to utilise self driving technology in the Moby. As self driving technology develops, and legal hurdles are passed, the goal is to make the stores fully autonomous, meaning they will drive back to base when necessary to be resupplied. If needed the Moby Mart can follow a defined route and operate different places during the day. Train station in the morning, business center for lunch, football stadium in the evening. The App will always tell you where the closest Moby Mart is located. If needed the The Moby Mart can be manually operated or remote controlled as well. To be deployed 2018.
Hol the holograph store assistant
The shopping experience is curated by a virtual assistant who welcomes each customer. He knows their shopping habits and can suggest customized offers. In the future, the holographic AI-powered assistant can act as a butler, and help coordinate dinner recipes, stick to a budget, and find that rare replacement for a dishwashing machine online.
Cloud based
By keeping information in a cloud, the Moby-Marts have the benefit of being able to cater to really diverse tastes. Let's call it "the brick and mortar long-tail effect." By combining existing big data on general customer behaviours with knowledge about the tastes of individual customers, Mobys around the world can communicate with each other, and predict what products will sell at what places.
Source and top image: Moby Mart
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