Grocery stores have always been up to date when it comes to the use of new technology. Small profit margins force them to develop and implement cost-saving measures at an early stage. The latest developments show that they are back on the right track.
1. Choice Market is a convenience retailer in the Denver Golden Triangle. They opened a new 5,000 square meter store in an apartment building that offers a completely contactless shopping experience. With the help of mobile check-in and cash-free checkout technology, shoppers can pick up the app upon entering, select their groceries, meals or other items and then leave without the usual, often cumbersome check-out process. A receipt is sent directly to the customer’s mobile device immediately after leaving the store. There are hundreds of overhead cameras to capture the transactions, according to a report in Chain Store Age. Steve Gu, AiFi co-founder, said, “This is the largest camera store we’ve opened in the US to date.”
It is important to note that the Choice Market mobile app also allows customers to shop the entire market by lifestyle (diet, vegan, etc.) or recipe. This is a great example of using high tech to create a highly personalized shopping experience. And customers receive loyalty points that can be redeemed on future shopping trips. The store has an extensive selection of seasonal, dairy and protein departments that offer customers a wide choice.
2. Save Mart Company With the Lucky, Lucky California and FoodMaxx banners in the Modesto and East Bay regions of California, Simbe Robotics’ Tally inventory robots are used to autonomously inspect retail shelves and ensure products are in stock and in the correct spot on the retail space . The real-time data and inventory information (as the robot is nicknamed) that Tally collects can help reduce out-of-stock issues by up to 30%. Another advantage, according to reports, is that the store staff has been released for service customers. With each traverse, Tally can scan up to 35,000 products per day for a total of 4.2 million products per day. There is one important caveat for buyers, however. Pictures I’ve seen show that Tally works best in an empty shop at night. Attention customers; Don’t touch Tally while it’s at work.
3. Schnucks markets is The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Illinois and has 112 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The autonomous tally rollout for scanning shelves has been expanded to more than 60 branches. Tally robots reportedly traverse Schnucks grocery stores two to three times a day to collect inventory information for about 35,000 products per store.
4. Kroger delivery is Located in Monroe, Ohio, the company uses technology from the London-based Ocado Group to manage inventory and sales. It is a proprietary technology solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to develop seamless and efficient fulfillment functions. According to Tim Steiner, co-founder and CEO of the Ocado Group, it is the first food fulfillment center in the US.
It’s exciting to read about new, efficient ways to manage your grocery store. I like to think that many of the ideas are being adopted by retail chains looking for inexpensive ways to cut costs while still providing good service. I hope to be able to report on more efficient changes as soon as information becomes available.