Retail Automation Realities
Automation in the retail industry is shifting the existing business models. So it’s a good idea to start with finding out what the new realities are.

Retail automation: demand, not an option
There's no way to compete on the fast-changing market with increased retail-margin pressure, investments in e-commerce, lack of specialists – and thus a high demand on them – using traditional cost-reduction means. That's primary why retailers are turning to automation to support and increase their profits.

- Idle automation and its reasons
Retail and consumer products executives expect automated retail solutions to increase annual revenue growth by up to 10%. Still, few retailers rush to implement them in their stores.

The reasons are all about the lack of skills, capabilities, and money. In most companies, 90% of year's capital expenditures reprise those of the previous year. And it may be too hard for businesses to break free from the tight budget circle covering hardware and software expenditures.

- No automating is losing a fight to competitors
Let’s check the famous Amazon example: they operate more than ten Amazon Go automated retail stores and plan to expand the business to 3,000 units by 2021. And Amazon isn't alone on this path. More and more companies like Walmart or Bingo Box start investing in automation and AI technologies – for the sake of their customers and employees.

For instance, Kroger (one of the US' largest supermarket chains) uses digital shelves that show prices, digital ads, nutrition details, and offer coupons. These details are updated directly from a central source, no need for local interruptions. And an eventual goal for the company is no less than moving the shelves to customers' smartphones.

- Much bigger than operations
Retail automation allows vendors to spend more time on strategic activities. Planning is often a key to success, and advanced planning systems can easily automate analytics and help with developing scenarios. In turn, this reduces the time needed for merchandise planning and decision-making.

What's more, supply chains also offer some use cases for automatic retailing. For now, Walmart and Target partnered with Swisslog, a Swiss company specializing in automation solutions for warehouses. They’re planning to build warehouses with automated case picking.


Retail is going through hard times. Growing costs on supply chain management, increasing suppliers’ demands, high competition, and rising labor costs – all that may seem too hard to overcome. Luckily, there’s a solution.

According to McKinsey Global Institute’s report, half of the activities in retail can be automated with the help of current technologies. In turn, automation for retail helps to address margin strain and meet more demanding customer expectations. And this is vital on the market that saturated.

In our guide, we’re going to take a look at automation realities, strategies, retail automation software, and most promising real-life examples. All that needed to find out if automation’s going to work, and if so – where to start.

Retail Automation Realities
Automation in the retail industry is shifting the existing business models. So it’s a good idea to start with finding out what the new realities are.

Retail automation: demand, not an option
There's no way to compete on the fast-changing market with increased retail-margin pressure, investments in e-commerce, lack of specialists – and thus a high demand on them – using traditional cost-reduction means. That's primary why retailers are turning to automation to support and increase their profits.

Idle automation and its reasons
Retail and consumer products executives expect automated retail solutions to increase annual revenue growth by up to 10%. Still, few retailers rush to implement them in their stores.

The reasons are all about the lack of skills, capabilities, and money. In most companies, 90% of year's capital expenditures reprise those of the previous year. And it may be too hard for businesses to break free from the tight budget circle covering hardware and software expenditures.

No automating is losing a fight to competitors
Let’s check the famous Amazon example: they operate more than ten Amazon Go automated retail stores and plan to expand the business to 3,000 units by 2021. And Amazon isn't alone on this path. More and more companies like Walmart or Bingo Box start investing in automation and AI technologies – for the sake of their customers and employees.

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For instance, Kroger (one of the US' largest supermarket chains) uses digital shelves that show prices, digital ads, nutrition details, and offer coupons. These details are updated directly from a central source, no need for local interruptions. And an eventual goal for the company is no less than moving the shelves to customers' smartphones.

Much bigger than operations
Retail automation allows vendors to spend more time on strategic activities. Planning is often a key to success, and advanced planning systems can easily automate analytics and help with developing scenarios. In turn, this reduces the time needed for merchandise planning and decision-making.

What's more, supply chains also offer some use cases for automatic retailing. For now, Walmart and Target partnered with Swisslog, a Swiss company specializing in automation solutions for warehouses. They’re planning to build warehouses with automated case picking.


Another company, Ocado, works on their own Smart Platform – a proprietary e-commerce warehousing solution – planning to sell it to other retailers.
cleveroad 2 july 2019, 8:30

What is Uber for X?
In Uber for X, ‘X’ means any deliverable service in the market. How does it work? First, customers connect with service providers by placing their orders via mobile app or website. Then, the provider looks through and accepts the request, and – if everything works for them – delivers the service.

In different Uber-like apps, connecting buyer and service provider sometimes takes more than pressing a button. But that’s still the main concept of it. Mostly, Uber for X platforms have a variety of in-built filters making the search process both very fast and convenient.
For example, to get from point A to point B all Uber users have to do is to place a request, and wait for matching with a driver. Few minutes – and the car’s right at the corner.

Now, let’s find out what actually makes the service this fast, convenient, and affordable.

Business Model Explanation
Uber for X business model is a so-called two-sided marketplace. Riders generate the demand, drivers supply it, and Uber acts as the facilitator providing a convenient and easy to use platform.

As there’s no third party that prevents these two sides from working with each other, the platform collects a fee from both customers and service providers. (We’re going to take a closer view on their revenue sources later on.)

What's remarkable is that Uber doesn’t hire drivers. It partners with them. Drivers choose their own schedule and number of hours they're ready to work for, and they remain under nominal control. Drivers have all the right to accept or decline the terms of the contract, and they can choose what period to collaborate with Uber for.

As for now, more and more people turn to on-demand platforms like Uber instead of good old city services. Why is that? Uber offers a unique value proposition to both parties which makes the service affordable to use and profitable enough to work for.

So what’s in there for riders?
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Reasons why riders choose Uber

And drivers?
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Why drivers are willing to work for Uber

Besides, with each next driver or rider joining the platform, the service works better and better for existing users.

For Uber case, the more drivers and riders they have, the better pickup times and the lower prices are, customers writer better reviews and all this ultimately leads to increased revenues for the marketplace.
cleveroad 25 june 2019, 11:25

These days, the question of how to make a booking app for hotel rooms is quite relevant for diverse groups of people. The success stories of such mammoths as Airbnb and Booking.com have pushed the eTravel industry forward stimulating a phenomenal growth. In fact, this is why not only hospitality professionals are wondering how to create a booking app but many startuppers and entrepreneurs from various industries too.

This article is written with the intent to help you create a booking app and make this process less questionable. I'm going to guide you through the hotel booking app market, show the most suitable basic and additional features, monetization models, and many more.
cleveroad 14 november 2018, 9:33

Dating app development can be both profitable for you and a good solution for people that want to find a soulmate. So check this article out to see how to build your dating app.
How to create a dating app

To give you a hint on how to create a dating app, follow these steps below:

Step 1. Study the functionality principle of the dating app
Step 2. Analyze main benefits before you build a dating app
Step 3. Create the structure and design of a dating app
Step 4. Use a right tech stack to create dating app
Step 5. Add MVP features to your dating app
Step 6. Choose your monetization way
Build an app structure and design

When we have listed main benefits, we can proceed directly to the development process and start with making a dating app structure. Let's see how to do it!

Choose a catching name
'Catching' word is the most appropriate word in this case. People need to remember the name of your service, it should be short and associative so users will be able to hear it once and remember forever. Word of mouth will also work here since users will share the name of your app with their friends.

Determine your target audience
What is the age range of users you create an app for? Of course, you can create a general dating app that can meet the requirements of both youth and an older generation. Ok, then, what will be a distinctive feature of your app? It will be similar to other counterparts and you will gain nothing. So, it would be a better option to create an app for a specific audience, a specific region and so on. It will help your app stand out from the crowd and achieve a success.

Make an amazing UI/UX design
The interface of the app should be catchy as well so users will feel positive when they start using it. Keep up with a simple principle - build simple and intuitive design. Users want to deal with a clear UX that is not extremely unique and that isn't confusing. As for UI, bright colors and clear buttons will surely be adopted well by users. Don't complicate - and you will succeed!

Deal with a marketing plan
Apart from good design and the right target audience, you shouldn't ignore brand promotion and increase your customer base when you create your own dating app. That is why you should create a marketing plan and think over each step to increase customers' loyalty and engage more users to your app. Marketing plan plays a very important role in the brand promotion and it should be competent, so mind it.

So when you decide on how to make a dating app for Android or iOS, these 4 simple steps will help you create an overall structure of your dating app and promote it wisely.
cleveroad 22 october 2018, 8:15

WhatsApp: its role and history

WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2009. At the end of the year, it was launched on the App Store for iPhone with no alternatives in the world at the time.
This application, referred to as an instant messenger, was intended to give users an opportunity to exchange messages in real time using mobile Internet or WiFi. Today WhatsApp is available for all popular mobile operating systems.

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cleveroad 14 september 2018, 15:36

Apple's App Store has more than 2.2 billion apps. Consumers spend as much as 80% more on iOS apps compared to Android ones. Such a tendency led to $38.5 billion in revenue, $26.5 billion of which was paid off to iOS developers for 2017.

However, iOS is loved by developers from all over the world not only for financial reasons. The simplicity of development and minimalistic approach which company sticks to also make a difference. There are no fragmentation problems as the lineup of Apple devices is relatively small and all of them have a unified UI.

To build an iOS app, you'll need to hire iOS app developer working with Objective-C or Swift in Xcode or any other IDE. In this guide, we also cover the vital points you need to learn before you hire iOS programmers.
cleveroad 23 august 2018, 8:40