Crunch Fitness becomes first gym to deploy Amazon One palm-based entry for members
Crunch Fitness has become the first fitness brand to introduce the Amazon One palm recognition service as an entry option for its members. This is now available at select locations in the US.
Members who choose this option no longer need their Crunch membership tags or mobile app to enter. They can instead hover their palm over an Amazon One device to enter a facility.
Amazon One is currently being piloted at nine Crunch clubs across the US, including five in San Francisco, three in the New York City, and one in the Los Angeles area, with more locations rolling out the technology in the coming months.
Crunch has been piloting the solution for the last four months. It says that at participating gyms, 80% of members are already using Amazon One for entry.
Marks and Spencer selects SymphonyAI Retail CPG for AI and computer vision based store intelligence
SymphonyAI Retail CPG has been selected by Marks & Spencer for computer vision and AI-based intelligence capabilities across more than 500 stores.
The UK retailer will deploy AI-based technology on handheld devices that compares images captured of products in stores to store specific planograms, providing an instant view of compliance on shelves.
Rob Barnes, Chief Technology Officer, M&S says: “As we reshape M&S for growth, we’re investing in technology that will create greater efficiencies and a more connected in-store experience for our customers.”
“Through our partnership with SymphonyAI Retail CPG, our colleagues will be able to leverage AI-based technology to help them deliver an exceptional service to our customers.”
PMC announced as headline sponsor of the 2023 RTIH Innovation Awards, winners to be announced in November
The RTIH Innovation Awards are back for 2023, and we’re delighted to announce that PMC will once again be the headline sponsor.
The event recognises and celebrates retailers and vendors at the forefront of technology innovation.
Spread over 19 different categories, including two brand new categories for 2023, submissions are judged on the extent of innovation and transformation demonstrated, as well as the sustainability of the results.
Previous year’s winners have included B&Q, Pets at Home and Walmart.
The awards culminate in a fantastic ceremony, complete with a drinks reception and three-course meal at the Barbican arts centre in London on Wednesday 29th November.
A key event highlight is an exclusive pre-awards roundtable discussion, enabling retailers, tech suppliers and advisors to come together and talk about current retail challenges and opportunities.
Simon Curtis, Chief Commercial Officer at PMC, says: “We have been proud sponsors of the RTIH Innovation Awards since their inception, and I am pleased to see them grow year-on-year, mirroring the incredible growth and innovation we continue to see across the retail industry.”
“I wish all the entrants the best of luck and look forward to seeing the winners announced in November.”