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A grocery store without a cash register? It could happen soon

One of the innovations Amazon has brought to brick-and-mortar retail is the “on-board shopping cart,” the system that automatically tracks the items you put in your shopping cart and charges your credit card on file without ever going through a line. of payment.

Now another grocery store operator is going to test their own checkout-less shopping system.

As reported in Asbury Park Press, Wakefern Food, which owns several grocery stores in New Jersey, including some ShopRites, will test a shopping method that doesn’t require a checkout line.

Here’s how it works: When you enter the store, you scan a QR code on an app on your smartphone, then it tracks what you take off the shelves and records the price. The technology is sensitive enough to work in a crowded store environment and will also know when you turn in an item. When you’re done, you simply leave the store, bypassing the checkout lines.

The autonomous technology used was developed by Trigo, an Israeli company, and is already in use in Europe.

“With Trigo’s Frictionless Technology, Wakefern Food Corp. is opening access to cutting-edge innovation for our members,” said Charlie McWeeney, Wakefern’s vice president of technology, innovation and strategy. , in a press release.

Wakefern hasn’t announced which stores will be used for the pilot program, but it certainly could be your neighborhood Shop-Rite. No date for the trial has been announced either. While this will be more convenient for customers, it will also mean fewer grocery store jobs.

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