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Retailers have long used traffic counters to tally the number of people who enter their stores. But now, some Pittsburgh-area fast-food joints are estimating orders before the customers even step inside, thanks to HyperActive Bob, the brainchild of HyperActive Technologies in Pittsburgh. The system cues staff as to how much food to cook based on the number and sizes of vehicles entering the parking lot.

Dave Hogan, chief information officer of the National Retail Federation in Washington, DC, says retailers should look for developments in other management technology, including:

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