I find these videos fascinating, not just because I do a lot of business with Amazon (early Prime member) but because scaling the logistics of warehousing, picking, packing, and shipping products is a fascinating problem. Kiva’s robots and the entire logistics piece of this is really incredible.
At larger stores cash registers are connected to an inventory server either locally or in the cloud. At some point someone’s going to write an app that allows an iPad to hook into that system.
I’m reminded of what Apple does in their own stores: employees carry around small devices that allow the entire transaction (including credit card swipe and signature) to take place anywhere in the store wirelessly.
Then we have “near field communication” and the ability to pay for things with a smartphone by simply having an account and being near a terminal and saying “ok.”
This is just the beginning of a new way of transacting business, how it looks ten years from now will be quite different.