South African retail giant Shoprite has put on trial the first cashier-less store in the country where customers could serve themselves.
Customers scan a smartphone app to enter the store which is located in Cape Town, then cameras and sensors track what they remove from the shelves. The retailer then bills the customer using credit or debit cards on file.
The Shoprite media team said the cashier-less shop “Checkers Rush” is a “no queues, no checkout, no waiting” concept store. It is available to staff at ShopriteX offices, the company’s new digital innovation unit.
“Checkers Rush is one of the numerous digital innovations under development by the ShopriteX team. Hundreds of hours of test footage are required to train the algorithms, so it remains an experiment for now,” Shoprite told reporters.
Once the concept store has been perfected, ShopriteX will aim to open one of these stores to the public, according to the company’s media team.