Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

For Walmart, which is investing in blockchain to track food suppliers and which has already patented technology to eavesdrop on customers in stores, it's another sign that retail is changing.

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the retailers collect, sources said.

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

For example, AiFi works in the same way as Amazon Go, but is designed to scale: the company claims its Autonomous Store Platform can track up to 500 people, and tens of thousands of products.

Walmart uses AI cameras to spot thieves

Walmart uses AI cameras to spot thieves

Asda, which is owned by Walmart, and UK supermarket Sainsbury's both told the BBC they did not use image recognition cameras in their stores.

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

As the shopping experience improves, the retailer expects to see higher sales.“We really like to think of this store as an artificial intelligence factory, a place where we are building these products, experiences, where we are testing and learning,” said Mike Hanrahan, CEO of Walmart’s Intelligent Retail Lab and co-founder of , purchased by Walmart three years ago.

In Gear: Karma Hits The Thief

In Gear: Karma Hits The Thief

The shocking footage was released by Prince George’s County Police in hopes of catching the idiotic thief. The shocking footage was released by Prince George’s County Police in hopes of catching the idiotic thief.

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Dallas’ Sam’s Club Now Ushers in an Era Fraught With Privacy Concerns

Information captured by retailers, both online and in stores, often finds its way into the treasure troves of data brokers, allowing them to develop and sell incredibly detailed consumer dossiers that go far beyond demographics to include behavioral quirks, biases, religious beliefs, purchasing patterns, and a host of other personal details.

Walmart patents biometric shopping cart to track your vitals

Walmart patents biometric shopping cart to track your vitals

It’s one thing if you want to track the speed of a cart or its route through a store for marketing purposes but a desire to collect a user’s vital signs under the guise that you’re doing so to help sick or elderly shoppers or otherwise improve customer service is outright disturbing.

Walmart files patent for stress-tracking cart handle

Walmart files patent for stress-tracking cart handle

"It is noted that the biometric data and the cart movement data collected during the use of the shopping cart is not tied or otherwise linked to the identity of the individual customer," the company said in its patent application.