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March 16, 2022

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7-Eleven Japan Trials Holographic Contactless Self-checkout


“Customers at six 7-Eleven convenience stores in Tokyo, Japan, can now make cashless payments for their purchases by interacting with a holographic screen projected from a contactless self-checkout kiosk. The retail giant is piloting a system that enables customers to scan the products they wish to buy and then select their preferred payment method and confirm the transaction on a ‘floating’ screen without needing to touch the self-checkout kiosk directly.”

February 24, 2022

On the web

Whole Foods Market Debuts Just Walk Out Shopping

Progressive Grocer

“Amazon has finally brought Just Walk Out technology to its Whole Foods Market banner. The company has opened its first Whole Foods Market store — at 2323 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C.’s Glover Park neighborhood — with cashierless technology.”

January 25, 2022

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Amazon Opening New Amazon Go Store ‘Closer to Home’ for Shoppers


“Amazon Go is moving to the suburbs. The tech giant said it plans to open a new type of store aimed at serving customers in suburban-area locations. The first one will open in Mill Creek, Washington, in the coming months. Amazon also plans to open a second Go store in the Los Angeles area. Like other Go stores, the location will leverage technology allowing customers to make purchases without ever interacting with a cashier. Using the Amazon app, you scan to enter, then pick your items. When customers walk out, they are charged for the items purchased through the app.”

December 3, 2021

On the web

Zippin Checks In at JFK With Autonomous Checkout Technology

The Spoon

“Customers enter the store through a turnstile tapping their credit card as they enter and begin shopping by picking items off shelves. As they do, Zippin’s AI system automatically identifies the items and builds the customer’s virtual cart with the corresponding monetary value. When the customer leaves the store, the total amount spent is automatically charged to the card the customer used to check-in at the store entrance. For Zippin, its partnership with JFK and SSP is a nice feather in the cap for a company with a portfolio of deployments, including hotels, stadiums, and grocery stores. Zippin’s move into airports follows other cashierless tech platforms like Amazon’s Just Walk Out, which showed up in Dallas airport earlier this year .”

November 19, 2021

On the wires

Starbucks Pickup and Amazon Go Collaborate to Launch New Store Concept in New York City

“The new Starbucks Pickup with Amazon Go, located in New York City at 59th Street between Park & Lexington Avenues, opens on November 18, 2021.  The store is a combination of a Starbucks Pickup and Amazon Go, utilizing the order ahead feature in the Starbucks app and Amazon Go’s Just Walk Out technology to create an easy checkout experience, alongside a modernized lounge that features individual workspaces and expanded tables with power outlets and USB ports.”

November 17, 2021

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September 8, 2021

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July 16, 2021

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Walmart Is Testing an All-self-checkout Supercenter in Plano

Dallas News

“Walmart is testing an all-self-checkout Supercenter in Plano at one of its biggest local stores and one where growing families can easily pile high a grocery cart. It’s calling the process “hosted checkout” because employees are standing by to help if customers need it. Kroger has been testing all self-checkout at a small urban store on Cedar Springs in Dallas, but the sight of no cashier lanes in a store as big as Walmart’s Plano Supercenter stocked with more than 120,000 items and surrounded by suburban rooftops is daunting.”

July 13, 2021

On the wires

7-Eleven Expands Mobile Checkout Feature to Thousands of US Stores

“Check this out. No, really. 7-Eleven, Inc. has expanded its new Mobile Checkout contactless shopping solution to an additional 2,500+ stores across the U.S. Using the 7-Eleven app, customers can quickly scan items and pay for purchases without ever standing in a checkout line. Mobile Checkout is now available in more than 3,000 participating 7-Eleven stores in 32 states including Washington, D.C.”

June 15, 2021

On the web

Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-size Grocery Store for First Time at New Seattle-area Location


“Amazon’s newest physical grocery store opening in the Seattle area this week is unique as it will feature the company’s “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology. It’s the first time the tech has come to a full-size store and marks a milestone for Amazon given the cost and complexity of implementing such a system. Amazon on Thursday will open a 25,000 square-foot Amazon Fresh location in the Factoria neighborhood of Bellevue, Wash. GeekWire previously wrote about clues pointing to development of the store.”

March 4, 2021

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March 1, 2021

On the web

Amazon Go Rival Bets Pandemic Made Case for Cashierless Stores


“A startup selling Amazon Go-like checkout technology to retailers has raised money from investors at a $1 billion valuation, minting a new unicorn a year into a pandemic that has helped bolster the case for cashierless stores. Standard Cognition Corp., based in San Francisco, offers a package of cameras and software that tracks browsing shoppers and automatically charges them when they exit. Circle K, the convenience store chain owned by Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., is installing Standard’s technology in an Arizona store, with more to follow. Compass Group PLC, a U.K.-based food-service conglomerate, is also a customer.”

February 10, 2021

On the wires

Zippin Announces World’s First Checkout-Free Hotel Store in Yokohama, Japan

Zippin , an industry leader in checkout-free technologies for brick-and-mortar retail, today announced the launch of its latest retail format: a hotel convenience store. Zippin’s partner, Fujitsu, the leading systems integrator in Japan, has worked with Koyo Group to implement the world’s first checkout-free store within a hotel at the Yokohama Techno Tower Hotel . It is also the first store in Japan open to the general public to use biometric authentication technology to verify customers’ identities.”

January 13, 2021

On the web

Hudson Taking Flight With Amazon Cashierless Store Platform

Chain Store Age

“A second travel retailer is bringing the Amazon “Just Walk Out” technology solution to airport stores. Hudson, a leading travel retailer with more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs and tourist destinations across North America, has entered into an agreement to use Amazon’s Just Walk Out platform in select travel convenience stores.”

September 16, 2020

On the web

Dunkin’ to Pilot Checkout-Free Store in California

NFC World

“Customers of US coffee chain Dunkin’ in California will soon be able to walk into a store, pick up a coffee and pay for it from their mobile phone without having to pre-order, interact with staff, wait to pay at a checkout or scan goods at a kiosk. The chain is to pilot the checkout-free contactless retail solution at one of its California outlets from October using Mastercard’s Shop Anywhere automated self-service platform, which uses computer vision technology developed by Accel Robotics to track customers’ purchases while they’re in store.”

September 11, 2020

On the web

Amazon Opens Its Second Seattle-Area Go Grocery Store in Redmond

Puget Sound Business Journal

“Like the company’s smaller Amazon Go convenience stores, which have been around since 2018, Go Grocery stores allow customers to shop without stopping at a checkout stand. Instead, customers scan an app on their phone as they enter, then are automatically charged when they leave with their groceries. The transactions are cashless and touchless — a key selling point during a pandemic.”

August 28, 2020

On the wires

Mastercard Launches Frictionless Retail Technology Solutions to Enable Touchless Economy

“Mastercard partners with Circle K, Delaware North, Dunkin’ and White Castle to reimagine the consumer shopping journey As merchants navigating the impacts of COVID-19 seek out enhanced technology for in-person engagement, Mastercard today announced a new suite of frictionless solutions for retailers to reimagine their physical shopping experience. Applicable and adaptable to any retail environment – from restaurants to pharmacies – Mastercard’s Shop Anywhere and AI Powered Drive Through solutions deliver low touch, high engagement experiences for retailers and the end consumer.”

August 27, 2020

On the web

Amazon’s latest grocery store concept opens, with high-tech carts


“Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it is opening a supermarket in Los Angeles with shopping carts that let customers skip checkout lines, as the e-commerce company builds out its offline presence…The world’s largest online retailer has experimented with physical stores in recent years to capture more consumer spending, particularly in groceries. It has more than 20 cashier-less shops with grab-and-go food for office workers and over 500 stores in the Whole Foods Market chain it acquired in 2017.”

August 12, 2020

On the web

Standard Cognition partners with Circle K on cashierless convenience stores

Venture Beat

Standard Cognition today inked a partnership to pilot its cashierless checkout technology in a Circle K store in Phoenix, Arizona. The Circle K location’s existing fixtures, lighting, inventory management systems, replenishment processes, and store layout will remain the same post-retrofit, and customers will have the option of paying via an app or with cash and card at a kiosk or cashier counter.”

March 16, 2020

On the web

Amazon Courts Walmart, Target to Join Cashierless Tech Group

Wall Street Journal

“Amazon is making some of the software that underpins its “Go” stores available through an organization called Dent, which has had talks with officials at Walmart Inc. and Target Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. The talks are continuing, the people said, but neither retailer currently plans to participate, according to a person close to Target and a Walmart spokesman.”

March 10, 2020

On the web

Bringing Just Walk Out shopping to your stores


“In Just Walk Out-enabled stores, shoppers enter the store using a credit card. They don’t need to download an app or create an Amazon account. Our Just Walk Out technology detects what products shoppers take from or return to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When done shopping, they can just walk out and their credit card will be charged for the items in their virtual cart. If shoppers need a receipt, they can visit a kiosk in the store and enter their email address. A receipt will be emailed to them for this trip. If they use the same credit card to enter this or any other Just Walk Out-enabled store in the future, a receipt will be emailed to them automatically.”

February 25, 2020

On the web

Amazon Opens Cashierless Supermarket in Latest Push to Sell Food

Wall Street Journal

Amazon Go Grocery will open in Seattle on Tuesday. It uses an array of cameras, shelf sensors and software to allow shoppers to pick up items as varied as organic produce and wine and walk out without stopping to pay or scan merchandise. Accounts are automatically charged through a smartphone app once shoppers leave the store. The company has operated a string of Go-branded convenience stores since 2018 but improvements in camera technology and its use of algorithms have allowed it to build a 10,400-square-foot market, said Dilip Kumar, vice president of Amazon Go. That is about five times bigger than the largest existing Go store and Mr. Kumar said the technology could be deployed on an even larger scale.”

January 13, 2020

Top Post

Wirecard Partners With Sprint to Drive Cashierless Checkout

Bank Innovation

“The Sprint Curiosity network connects to in-store beacons and electronic shelf labels. Shoppers will activate an app, walk into the store, pick up their purchases and leave without having to wait in a checkout line. Instead, the IoT network will charge a saved payment method from the customer’s app. With the network monitoring where customers go, retailers will be able to provide a customized experience for shoppers. For example, the retailer could send that shopper alerts for products that correspond to their transaction patterns.”

October 1, 2019

On the web

Amazon Is in Talks to Bring Its Cashierless Go Technology to Airports and Movie Theaters


Amazon is in talks to bring the cashierless technology that runs its Go stores to other retailers like airport shops and movie theaters, according to people familiar with the matter. The effort would help Amazon grow its retail presence so the company can lower its reliance on online shopping, but at a faster pace and at lower cost than building its own stores. Simultaneously it might help Amazon form bonds with companies that would ordinarily consider Amazon the competition. That type of collaboration could lead to further growth of Amazon’s cloud business.”

August 19, 2019

On the web

Wirecard Launches Unmanned Grab & Go Store

Cards International

“The concept offers customers a seamless purchasing experience through artificial intelligence (AI). Shoppers enter the unmanned Wirecard store via smartphone, pick products which are scanned automatically, and payment happens upon departure. Lines, checkouts and opening hours are eliminated and payment occurs in the background. Launched by Wirecard’s Innovation Labs, the Grab & Go Store combines computer vision, deep learning and logic. Both pre-registered and new shoppers can enter the store after being identified at the door.”

December 3, 2018

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