Imagine entering a supermarket, selecting items, and simply walking out without waiting in line at the cashiers. This convenience is achievable through smart shopping cart technology. Although this technology is relatively recent, stores around the globe have effectively tested it, yielding encouraging results. Smart carts represent the future of the retail industry. In this article, we will explore smart shopping carts and AI checkout systems and delve into their feature and benefits.
Smart Shopping Carts
Unlike the traditional ‘stupid’ shopping carts that merely hold your shopping, smart shopping carts are equipped with sensors such as weight scales, cameras, and barcode scanners. These features allow them to detect the items you select and facilitate seamless payment. In addition, smart shopping carts feature touch screens that display information like prices and allow interactions such as entering your passcode.
Smart shopping carts vary in design and resemble traditional ones with modifications, while others have unique designs. In addition, different carts come with different features. While all smart shopping carts have scanning mechanisms to recognize selected items, not all offer additional features such as integration with Alexa, the digital assistant. The specific features depend on the producer of the cart. In the following section, we’ll discover in detail the wide variety of capabilities that smart shopping carts can offer and what benefits of this drive the smart shopping cart market.
Smart Shopping Cart’s Capabilities
Walking into a supermarket, grabbing your items, and leaving without interacting with anyone is made possible by the different features of smart shopping carts, designed to enhance the shopping experience, and make it as smooth and convenient as possible. Unlike traditional shopping carts, smart ones go beyond simple item holding.
While some smart shopping carts integrate with Alexa, not all do. The significance of this integration lies in features like product recognition, where cameras can recognize products without the need for scanning barcodes. This advanced capability adds an extra layer of convenience to the shopping process.
- Helpful in locating products in the Supermarket: Modern supermarkets, often expansive and multi-floored, can be challenging to navigate, especially if it’s not a store you visit regularly. Even with in-store directions, finding a product may feel like navigating a maze, and you might need to seek assistance. Smart shopping cart technology, such as Amazon’s Dash cart, changes this dynamic. With automated features and connectivity to Alexa, these carts enable you to load your shopping list and receive guidance on the precise items you need. This eliminates the need to wander around the supermarket feeling lost.
- Provide Recommendations on Discounts and Products: In a typical supermarket, discovering discounts usually involves spotting a sale sign as you walk through the aisles. However, these signs might be easy to miss in a large store, even if they are brightly colored and eye-catching. Smart shopping carts simplify this procedure by delivering on-screen alerts about discounts as you navigate the store. If you are interested in a discount, you can follow the on-screen directions to find the product. In addition, when you sign into an automated shopping cart in many supermarkets, your customer data is imported, allowing the cart to suggest products based on your past purchases. This feature can be particularly useful in case you have inadvertently left items off your shopping list. In addition, when you make a purchase, the smart cart can recommend complementary products, developing a shopping experience like e-commerce sites like Amazon.
- Helpful in detecting items you pick and displace an ongoing total of the expense: In the traditional supermarket shopping experience, you transport items to the checkout station, and the cashier scans them. Contrasting, with automated shopping carts, the scanning occurs as you place items in the cart. The cart identifies each item and presents it on the screen, including details like the price. An even more impressive aspect of smart shopping cart technology is its ability to tally up the total cost and display it on-screen as you continue selecting items. This feature simplifies tracking your purchases and helps you stay within your budget. Smart cart technology employs a combination of methods to detect items, including:
- Scanning the barcode on the item.
- Utilizing high-resolution cameras and artificial intelligence to identify the item.
- Weighting the item.
Scanning items with barcodes is straightforward using a barcode scanner. However, for items like fresh products, the process involves using a screen and a weighing scale to determine the price. For instance, when purchasing an apple, you would access a menu displaying the available fresh produce, select the apple, and then place the apple(s) on the weighing scale. The scale will measure and price the apple accordingly.