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AP EXCLUSIVE: At Walmart, using AI to watch the store

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. — Inside one of Walmart’s busiest Neighborhood Market grocery stores, thousands of high-resolution cameras suspended from the ceilings track when products are running low or when produce or meat start to lose their freshness.

The technology is one of several features of a living lab that officially opens inside this store on Thursday. Walmart, under increasing pressure from Amazon, envisions using these cameras along with other technology to monitor the store in real time. Walmart hopes to start scaling some of the new technology at other stores in the next six months, with an eye toward lowering costs and thus lower prices. As the shopping experience improves, the retailer expects to see higher sales.

Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press