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Functional and intelligent food store interior: analysis, industrial design and graphic interface
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is part of a greater project run by No Picnic: the development of a brand new food store concept with a clear focus on healthy and ecological food and good service. It should be easy and pleasant to shop healthy food. The concept gives a global approach including skilled staff, interior decoration, advanced technology solutions and a good layout. The main focus of the thesis is to develop functional and intelligent interior for the store, and the project later focuses on developing a concept shopping cart, cart flow, a check-out station and the user interface for the information system. Literature studies, competitor analysis and a survey are carried through. They indicate that more focus on health is needed since people’s health is deteriorating. People need to find more pleasure in shopping and cooking, and make it with consideration for both their own health and the environment. There are some food stores similar to the concept internationally. However, they tend to focus on ecological food rather than healthy food, even if the first often implies the other. A problem definition is set to construct and design a smart, ergonomic and aesthetic concept for moving merchandise through the store that also helps finding nutrition values and other information about the products. The concept should also integrate an automatic check out function. A problem analysis is made which results in lists of requirements and wishes. One condition is given from the beginning, namely that the concept is to be optimized for use with an item-level RFID solution. This eliminates repacking of merchandise but requires an environment with no radio signal disturbance. Six concepts for moving items in-store are presented: one handheld, one carried on the arm, one shoulder-strap basket, two carts and one modular cart with bagholders. Evaluation shows that the concepts need to be improved to allow space-efficient storage and to minimize metal as construction material as it disturbs radio waves for the implemented RFID solutions. The concept development results in a small and convenient four-wheeled cart concept, CartER, almost solely made of plastic and with two foldable shelves. The back wheels are fixed while the front ones are flywheels, which makes the cart easy to manoeuvre. The sides of the cart are low to avoid heavy lifting and extra functions such as coat hanger, shopping list display and dampers, are integrated. The cart is supplemented with high quality, stable and strong paper bags, BagZ, with soft handles and slightly converging sides for optimal fitting in the cart. These bags can either be used like conventional baskets, or up to two can be placed on each shelf of the cart. The information system consists of E-ink signs and shelf strips, possibly a display on CartER, the check-out system CheckOUT and Active Spots, which are small areas within reach of a RFID reader with a touch screen for customer interaction. The information system is connected to the Internet and the store's website. The check-out is an Active Spot for non- staff operated payment. Confidential until 2010-02-15

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Industrial Design, RFID, Shopping carts, Shopping habits, Information system
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-45269ISRN: LTU-EX--08/042--SELocal ID: 2fb897e9-990e-40bc-8ac6-31a36c24458eOAI: diva2:1018556
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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