Walmart to open new type of tech lab

A discount giant is augmenting its fleet of innovation labs with a new concept — one that is housed inside a store.

Walmart is preparing to launch what it calls an Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL). The lab, which is located inside its store Levittown, New York, will test both associate and customer experiences, according to TechCrunch.

In addition to using artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify when items are running low, and proactively replenishing stock, Walmart also envisions using the technology to identify spills, better understand when shopping carts are running low near the entrance, and identify when items are on the wrong shelf, the report explained.

The project, which is being led by an internal team called Kepler, is currently housed within Walmart’s startup incubator Store No. 8. The Levittown store is currently installing hardware, software and the other necessary equipment needed to launch the test, TechCrunch added.

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