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In our space management laboratory we develop new methods and test innovative approaches for planogramming.

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Augmented Reality and the Future of Space Management

How will shelf planning be performed, redesigned and communicated in the future? How will consumers experience the world of goods when online and offline realities are brought together?

In this video Microsoft shows what is already possible today:

XPace supports the export and control of AR and VR worlds. What additional information need to be embedded to provide customers with an integrated shopping experience? That is the objective of this project.

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Heuristic Analyse

In this project XPace learns from the product positions of realized planograms about articles frequently used together and in the vicinity on the shelf. From this, suggestions for new allocation plans will be derived and standard modules generated automatically from learned knowledge.

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Fixture Instance Management

The project looks for ways to identify and manage the actual carrier instances in a shelf or a shop. This includes questions of costs and cost distribution, the origin and whereabouts of the parts instances. The goal is a logistical and monetary lifecycle management of all parts.

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Kiosk Systems and Info Terminals (finished)

Kiosk systems, mobile devices, tablets and information terminals with touch displays can provide consumers with an enhanced shopping experience on the shelf. Additional information and reviews are available for the goods offered on the shelf, alternative and complementary products are offered, articles not available on the shelf are made virtually available and can be ordered. The project investigates which data must be provided in which formats for such systems and how integrated control can take place at the POS.

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Elastic deflection due to weight (finished)

Substantial article weights lead to a deflection of the product carriers and thus to a higher space requirement in the shelf. The project deals with the additional data fields for article weight, cross-sectional area and moment of inertia of hooks and brackets. The formulas of elasticity theory must be integrated. Furthermore, it must be clarified how the additional space required due to sagging can be displayed graphically and included in the validation.

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Rack Barcode Scanning (finished)

Realized shelves in stores as well as sample buil-ups should often be recorded in their actual state and converted into a planogram reflectiong its content. For this purpose, the products, their positioning and the quantities have to be recorded on site. The project examines how EAN barcodes can be used sensibly for such as-is recording and how the goods carrier items and quantities can be recorded with extended control codes.