Revolutionizing Shopping: Belgian Supermarket Chain Introduces Smart Shopping Cart with AI and Scales

Colruyt experiments with smart shopping cart that scans and charges automatically

A Belgian supermarket chain, Colruyt, is set to launch a test with a smart shopping cart that uses artificial intelligence to scan groceries and automatically pay for them when customers leave the store. This technology is a first in Belgium and allows customers to scan products themselves using a tablet-equipped cart that utilizes weight sensors and cameras to prevent theft. Despite this innovation potentially leading to cashier-free shopping, Colruyt has made it clear that they do not intend to close all cash registers in the future.

For items without barcodes, such as fruits and vegetables, customers will still need to weigh them at the cash register for now. However, Colruyt’s director, Jo Willemyns, explains that a scale in the fresh market section allows customers to enter the weights of these items into the shopping cart using a provided code. The smart cart will initially be tested at the store in Halle before potentially being expanded to customers later this year.

In addition to the smart shopping cart test, Colruyt has also introduced smart cameras at cash registers in some stores to streamline the scanning process. This technology has been rolled out to twenty stores so far, indicating the retailer’s commitment to innovation and efficiency.

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