Grocery shopping is easier than ever. You won’t have to look around in the store for the things you need or ask for sales announcements to find the best deals and coupons, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait in line because the cashier will scan your items one by one.
Now your shopping cart will be able to do all of this, so you won’t need it anymore.
Caper, the “world’s first smart shopping cart” manufacturer, announced its first partnership with a major retailer, which has raised the prospect of its shopping carts becoming popular around the world soon. Caper’s Smart Cart was first launched in several independent grocery stores in New York and is now undergoing the first large-scale testing of the technology in Sobeys, one of Canada’s largest grocery chains.
The main selling point of smart carts is that it allows you to skip checkout. In its initial iteration, when you put items into your shopping cart, you wave them through the embedded barcode reader, allowing the shopping cart to keep the total amount of the transaction. However, newer versions skip the scanning process and use the camera to identify items when they are placed in the shopping cart, without the need for you. The Sobeys Smart shopping cart features “multiple high-resolution cameras that capture 120 images per second”, which allows the shopping cart to identify and identify items as they are thrown into the shopping cart. The cart even has a weight sensor that helps capture variable weight items such as meat and produce, and if you change your mind and put it back, you can subtract an item from the total.
However, smart carts not only track the items you buy. The front screen helps you navigate the store and tells you where on the list. It also highlights nearby promotions to let you know when an item is sold or has a digital coupon. It also offers other product suggestions based on what you choose.
After the shopping is over, you can use the screen to enter your payment information, if necessary, you can bag your items (or you can put them in your bag when you shop) and then leave – no need to wait for the cashier or take your Items are unloaded onto the belt for scanning and bagging.
Comparing the Smart Shopping Cart with Amazon Go, Amazon Go is another “grab” grocery concept that doesn’t require checkout and has now expanded to 16 stores in four cities. Whether you use a shopping cart or not, Amazon Go’s technology uses strategically placed cameras throughout the store to identify items. But Caper said that its solution is more practical for grocery stores like Sobeys, who may want to use the technology without making major changes to the store. “The retail experience does not require a lot of money to renovate the complex camera system on the ceiling of the store and improve the operation of the store. The company explained that it only requires a few plug-and-play Caper Carts.
Smart carts can also make in-store shopping easy and enjoyable, so shoppers who prefer to pick up and deliver goods may tend to return to the store. Caper said: “Busy checkouts, difficult product locations, and lack of promotional and trading information have caused people’s attention to shift from local grocery stores to online shopping.”
Mathieu Lacoursiere, vice president of retail support at Sobeys, said in a statement: “Although the product and customer’s eating habits are constantly evolving, the in-store shopping experience of grocery stores has been relatively stable over the past 100 years.” “This is us.” Test the unique approach to innovative technologies designed to enhance the customer’s shopping experience and learn how to best make shopping faster and easier.” I’m afraid some people worry that smart shopping carts will make cashiers and boxers unemployed, Sobeys says The checkout person will be released to do other work. “The shopping cart will also give our in-store teammates more time to interact with customers and answer questions about food and new products,” Ragusa said.
Sobeys has more than 1,500 stores across Canada, but so far the Smart Cart will only be on display in one place in Oakville, Ontario. The success of the test run will determine whether the chain has introduced smart carts nationwide. If this happens, the smart cart may start appearing in the grocery store near you.
So if you think that grocery shopping is too much work, please wait a moment. Soon, your shopping cart may be able to do all the work for you.
Image source: Caper