French Store Trolls Amazon With Spoof Ad

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  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

    Dec 31, 1969
    Remember that video we showed you a few weeks ago for Amazon Go (here)? Well, a French store wants you to know that they have been doing that for a decade and they even deliver the groceries to your home for free.
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  2. Axehandler

    Axehandler Gawd

    Dec 19, 2007
  3. AceGoober

    AceGoober Live! Laug[H]! Overclock!

    Jun 25, 2003
    I was totally laughing throughout the video. Thanks for sharing. (y)
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  4. cbutters

    cbutters Gawd

    Dec 30, 2005
    It looks to me like you shop, put what you want in the bag, then when you are done, you drop your bag off, (probably have some sort of code or id chip on the bag) then after you have already left the store an employee probably runs everything through a traditional scanner and packages it to be delivered at your house. Definitely not as technologically advanced as amazon's solution, but the net effort of the person shopping might be about the same.
    My guess is if you wanted to buy a beverage and drink it walking out of the store you would still have to use a traditional checkout.

    All of this is simply my brain spinning ideas after watching the video, I have no idea how they actually do it at this french store.
  5. Merc1138

    Merc1138 2[H]4U

    Sep 25, 2010
    That's pretty much what they seemed to show, since she dropped off the cart and they said it would get delivered an hour later.

    Granted, that would also mean needing to be home an hour later, assuming you didn't have anything else to do after grocery shopping, but yeah I could see that being handy for those ultra urban types that rely on mass transit for everything, no need to carry groceries on the bus or whatever.
  6. Spidey329

    Spidey329 [H]ardForum Junkie

    Dec 15, 2003
    Doesn't surprise me. The "walk out of the store" auto checkout concept has been around for a long time. When RFID's first got really popular, it was one of the concepts that kept being brought up, and that was many years ago.

    It just seems that stateside, Amazon is the first to attempt it.

    See 2006 video from IBM:
  7. Gigus Fire

    Gigus Fire 2[H]4U

    Oct 14, 2004
    how does this model work for people who are visiting from somewhere?
    Is the delivery and checkout by the store optional?
    I assume the draw for this is to prevent shoplifters while adding convenience.
  8. sir-gold

    sir-gold Gawd

    Jan 19, 2006
    But they aren't even using RFID.

    They used a lot of fancy CGI to make it look like the food was being rung-up as you pulled it off the shelf, but that isn't what is really going on here

    If you watch the video all the way to the end, you will see that the only difference between this store and a normal store is that the groceries get rung-up (in the traditional barcode way) after you leave, instead of while you wait.

    All they they are doing is ringing up the groceries for you and then delivering them. Are people really so rushed for time that they can't wait a few minutes at the checkout, or so weak they can't carry their own groceries? (not counting the elderly or disabled)

    This would be better if you could order online and have someone fill the cart for you as well. What is the point of home delivery of groceries if you have to go to the store anyway?

    Also: IBM likes RFID way too much, and it bit them in the butt repeatedly when they tried to add RFID tracking to their HDD manufacturing line in the very late 90s. It's a pain when an RFID chip goes bad on a rack of parts, and you lose all the tracking data for those parts (and the computers relying on that RFID get confused and become uncooperative).
  9. Chance_P

    Chance_P Gawd

    Jan 23, 2006
    This is how I shop Amazon. Head down to the local distribution center, grab what I want, toss it in a box and head home. Then a Ups/Fedex truck swings by (no drones yet :( )and drops it off. Its super convenient.
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  10. lironmiron

    lironmiron Limp Gawd

    Apr 7, 2016
    That you can walk to the store?
  11. natos

    natos Limp Gawd

    Oct 1, 2010
    Yea, sorry, that sounds stupid....I think a better model would be to have a pre-set cart or 'weekly' order list that you can customize every time you login, and then either choose to do pickup, or delivery based on your schedule.
  12. Kibbles

    Kibbles 2[H]4U

    May 25, 2001
    "delivered 1 hour later" vs Amazon....take it home....
  13. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow [H]ardness Supreme

    Jul 15, 2005
    Isn't 'run away and let other people take care of the work' how the French generally do things?
  14. krotch

    krotch [H]ardness Supreme

    Aug 12, 2004
    There's more places in the world than the US. Also, it's not always about the customer, but the store itself. People waiting in line to checkout, means less customers that you get through your store. Not to mention, some people walk in, see a big line, walk right back out and go somewhere else.

    As for going to the store, some people need a reason to get out of the house. My hometown in Idaho is like that. During the week, there really isn't anything to do. Just sit at home, playing games or something. Not like there's anything in town to do, aside from go to the store and look at things. Even if you don't buy anything. Also they have online shopping too.

    Really, I'm all for more options. I don't get this kind of mentality. Is there something wrong with being able to do any of the above? Not everyone's lifestyle is the same, so do your shopping the way you'd like. It shouldn't be "I don't shop like that, so you shouldn't either."