Robotic Candy-Dispensing Door Delivers the Halloween Goods The Hershey Company has taken robotics and IoT out of the factory floor and onto the street. Coming this Halloween, keep an eye out for Reese’s Trick-or-Treat robotic device, a 9 ft. tall autonomous roving door. It can light up, open up, emit scary smoke, and provide a hands-free handoff of a king-sized Reese’s peanut butter cup when someone knocks.  
Smart Robots Bring Inventory Skills, New Value to Retail Stores tap IoT technology to improve operating efficiency. Robots harness artificial intelligence and computer vision to reduce inventory errors, optimize supply chain management, and free human workers for customer care.  
Smart Infrastructure: Stop & Shop Green Lights an Efficient IoT Solution Stop & Shop drives energy savings with a commercial lighting control system that integrates IoT technologies with mesh networking, and a cloud-based energy management system from Daintree.  
Virtual Assistants Take on COVID-19 Screening, Docent Duties Artificial intelligence and speech and gesture interfaces enable VR-assistants and robotic greeters to interact with tourists in new ways at popular museums and events. From health screening to temperature checks to language translation, these virtual assistants help visitors get in, get around, and get more out of the exhibits.  
Automation Meets Convenience Store: Micro Markets and Drive-Up Shops With much of the population aiming to reduce person-to-person interactions, consumers still need to shop, at least for groceries. Once considered novel showcases for technology innovation, stores that use IoT are gaining popularity in a frictionless world.  
Smart Shelf Tech Enhances Retail Sales and Eases Inventory Management Even the most mundane tasks such as grocery shopping are getting a boost from IoT technologies. While consumers benefit from targeted marketing and contactless interactions, retailers can increase profits with data-driven insights regarding purchasing patterns and inventory management.  
AnyVision Fast-Tracks Development of AI-based Vision Applications Using Intel® DevCloud for the Edge as a sandbox for testing, prototyping, and solution optimization, AnyVision fine tunes its edge-based computer vision and AI solutions for a growing need for visual intelligence in security and payment systems.  
WonderStore Uses IoT and Analytics to Create Smart Store Solution WonderStore provides brick-and-mortar retail stores with shopper insights that rival online shopping data analytics. To develop its smart store technology, WonderStore used Intel® DevCloud for the Edge to create a solution that can enhance real-time customer insights using the power of AI and the cloud.  
Intelligent Vending Machines Dispense Consumer Insight to Operators IoT technologies in smart vending machines allow operators to see what products are selling, when to restock, and which machines need maintenance—all from a centralized dashboard. With added displays and visual capabilities, vending machines can suggest additional purchase options or display ads, increasing profitability.  
Restaurants Lean on Digital Ordering Systems to Push Through the Pandemic Self-service kiosks and mobile ordering apps are helping restaurants stay in business during a pandemic that threatens their traditional operations. IoT technologies have enabled QSRs to be leaner and more efficient, while protecting the health and safety of their customers and staff.