In the recent paper, Technology Roadmapping Using Text Mining: A Foresight Study for the Retail Industry, S. Ozcan, A. Homayounfard, et. al., apply an integrated roadmapping method (text mining and an expert review)
to offer a foresight for future technologies in the retailing industry. Results show clear directions for the future of emerging technologies, as the industry moves towards unmanned retail operations. Among  several points of use in the process, VantagePoint generated eight clusters of technologies and integrate them into a roadmapping model, illustrating their links to the market and business requirements. The study has a number of implications and identifies potential bottlenecks between the integration of front and backend solutions for the future of unmanned retailing.