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January 20, 2022

On the web

Aldi Opens Its First Till-free Supermarket

BBC News

“Aldi has opened its first checkout-free supermarket where people can shop without having to scan a product. The grocer is operating a “trial” store in Greenwich, London, which allows customers to complete their shop and pay without going to a till. Instead, customers can download the Aldi Shop&Go app, and will then be automatically charged for their purchases once they leave the store. Aldi’s new store follows similar moves by Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Amazon. The supermarket’s new site will also allow customers to buy alcohol, using facial-age estimation technology, to check whether they appear to be over the age of 25.”

October 20, 2021

On the web

Potential Starbucks Partnership Shows Amazon’s Ambitions for Its Cashierless Retail Technology


“Could Starbucks give Amazon’s retail technology a jolt? A report this afternoon by the Insider news site , citing an internal document, says the Seattle companies have discussed creating a new style of coffee shop featuring Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology. The co-branded stores would let people buy beverages, baked goods and hot foods without going through a traditional checkout, the report says…The report cautions that the partnership might not happen, noting that it includes milestones for the rollout that subsequently haven’t been met.”

July 29, 2021

On the web

The Point of Sale Isn’t Just Changing — It Could Disappear

American Banker

“One of the most significant new trends is consumers’ strong interest in checkout-free retail, in which payments are handled almost invisibly, according to new research from Arizent, the parent company of American Banker. This stands in contrast to the backlash against checkout-free retail prior to the pandemic, when the concept was seen as discriminatory against the unbanked since it downplayed or eliminated the use of cash.”

July 2, 2021

On the web

Checkout-free Store’s Daily Customers Jump 250%

Chain Store Age

“A new autonomous convenience store in the Vantage Pointe luxury high-rise community in San Diego is off to a roaring start. Artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision technology provider Accel Robotics opened Valet Market, a 1,500-sq.-ft. autonomous store within Brookfield’s Vantage Pointe in San Diego’s East Village, on Friday, June 11, 2021. In the first few weeks since opening to the public, the store is growing by 250% average daily customers.”

June 8, 2021

On the wires

Grabango Raises $39M As It Scales Up Its Checkout-Free Technology

“Grabango, the leading provider of checkout-free technology for existing grocery and convenience stores, announced today that it has raised $39 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Commerce Ventures with participation from Founders Fund, Unilever Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, and WIND Ventures. All participants share Grabango’s vision for modernizing the retail industry and bring a broad range of strategic expertise to the enterprise…Grabango is the first and only company to retrofit its checkout-free technology into an already-operating store , saving shoppers time by letting them skip the line. In partnership with Giant Eagle Inc, one of the nation’s largest food retailers, Grabango has proven that its technology works in a real-world environment with over 15,000 SKUs and tens of thousands of transactions each month.”

May 19, 2021

On the web

German Supermarket to Trial Anonymous Checkout-free Shopping


“Customers at a supermarket in the German city of Cologne owned by retail giant Rewe will soon be able to enter the store by scanning a QR code, selecting the items they wish to buy and paying for them from their mobile phone without needing to scan their purchases or use a checkout. The supermarket in the city’s Zeppelinstrasse is trialling a system that links each customer anonymously to a unique ID number on entry, tracks the items they take from the shelves using a combination of ceiling-mounted cameras and shelf sensors, and automatically charges them for their purchases as they exit the store.”

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.”

September 21, 2020

On the web

Checkout-free Shopping: It’s Bigger Than You Think

Crunchbase News

“Cashierless checkout won’t merely restructure retail business models: It will disrupt the entire payments industry. A few years ago, Amazon made headlines with its Amazon Go stores where shoppers simply retrieve items from shelves and walk out. This process has often been dubbed “cashierless checkout” but would be more accurately described as “checkout-free shopping,” as the checkout process is entirely eliminated. While most industry analysts predict checkout-free shopping to impact automation, resource allocation, and store structuring, they’re missing the biggest target: payments.”

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.”

November 27, 2019

On the web

Ahold Delhaize Pilots Unmanned Store in the US

NFC World

“Netherlands-based supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize has opened Lunchbox, a low-cost cashierless store that lets consumers “shop a small format store in seconds by scanning in, shopping and walking out”. The concept is being piloted at the Massachusetts offices of the company’s Retail Business Services division in the USA. “Lunchbox is an easy, fresh shopping alternative,” says Paul Scorza, Retail Business Services’ CIO.”

August 16, 2019

On the web

Brazilian Retailer Plans Checkout-Free Stores – Retail TouchPoints

Retail Touch Points

Lojas Americanas S.A. will deploy checkout-free technology from Zippin in stores throughout the country. The Brazilian retailer will use the technology in its Ame Go convenience store locations. Customers gain entry by scanning the company’s Ame Digital app. The stores will range from 250 to 3,000 square feet in size and will be located in high-traffic urban areas. Additionally, Zippin is in the process of creating an automated Ame Box checkout-free store-within-a-store concept.”

December 7, 2018

Top Post

On the web

Three Paths To Cashierless Retailing: Amazon, Nike And Saturn

Retail Touch Points

“Cashierless stores are moving even further into the retail mainstream. In addition to Amazon, which reportedly has started testing its Amazon Go techin larger store formats, Nike has implemented a barcode-based solution at its New York City flagship store and German electronics retailer Saturn is deploying mobile self-checkout at its largest store in Hamburg. All three solutions seek to eliminate checkout friction at checkout and simplify the customer journey.”

November 15, 2018

On the web

Amazon Go competitor Standard Cognition raises $40 million to expand its cashierless store solution

The Verge

“The space’s startups have been mostly retailer-agnostic so far, and it’s no wonder why — brick-and-mortar space is expensive. San Francisco-based Standard Cognition this summer announced a partnership with Paltac in Japan that will see its autonomous checkout solution deployed in 3,000 stores, along with unnamed retailers in North America and Europe — and it’s impressed investors with its progress. The company today said that it has raised $40 million in series A funding led by Initialized Capital, with continued participation from CRV and Y Combinator. “

August 20, 2018

On the wires

Zippin Launches Next Generation Checkout-Free Technology Enabling Retailers to Quickly Deploy Frictionless Shopping

“Consumers in the U.S. waste almost 37 billion hours a year standing in line, and a significant portion of that is spent waiting in retail checkout lines. Zippin’s patent-pending approach uses AI, machine learning, and visual cognition technology, to create the best consumer experience: banishing checkout lines and self-scanners, and letting shoppers zip in and out with their purchases.”

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