French distributor Carrefour will be testing its own registerless store concept next year. Just like pioneer Amazon Go, Carrefour will rely on cameras and facial recognition to achieve a fully automated checkout system.
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French supermarket chain Casino follows the trend and opens a shop without check-out near the Champs Elysées. In this way it becomes a French variant of the concept of Amazon Go in the United States.
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Dutch Albert Heijn has opened its first real convenience stores that use the "tap to go" system to ensure cashier free shopping, with a third one coming next week. Suddenly the company almost equals Amazon's current total of four checkout-free supermarkets; goal is to install the system in all eighty 'AH to go' stores.
Amazon is planning to open 3000 cash-free supermarkets in the following years. This would immediately make the e-commerce giant one of the largest supermarket chains in the United States.
E-commerce giant Amazon has opened a second Amazon Go store in Seattle. The new store is slightly smaller than the first one and has a smaller range of products, but works in the same register-less way.
American start-up Zippin has opened its first automatic store in San Francisco. The competitor for Amazon Go wants to display its technology, featuring cameras and shelf sensors in a real-life store.
Belgian retailer Colruyt Group has extended its 'till-free' test to three supermarkets of the OKay chain and one of OKay Compact, after having trialled it in Spar shops earlier.
Microsoft is working on its own technology that should render checkouts in stores obsolete. The American company says it wants to be an ally for the retail sector, mostly in its struggle against Amazon Go.
After Amazon opened its first Amazon Go store last month, the company will add at least another six high-tech, cash register-free convenience stores in cities like Los Angeles and Seattle.
Retail Partners Colruyt Group – Colruyt Group’s entrepreneurial division – is creating an app for Spar which allows customers to use their smartphones to scan and pay for their own groceries.
Amazon will open its first cash register-free store in Seattle today, near its main office. The trial with its own employees will now be extended to the general public.
According to certain sources, Amazon is currently hiring construction managers and marketers for its Amazon Go team. This move may suggest that the cashierless supermarket concept may be ready for prime time – for real this time.
It seems the cash register-free supermarket is the next big trend for many companies: Amazon and Albert Heijn now face competition from Chinese Alibaba, which just launched its own formula.
Dutch-Belgian supermarket group Ahold Delhaize has announced that it hopes to launch its first AH To Go stores without a cash register next year. That would be a lot sooner than what Albert Heijn’s CEO, Wouter Kolk, predicted several months ago.