Imagine tossing your groceries into a cart as you shop, having the cost calculated in real time and never having to stand in a checkout line again.
That soon will be the reality at some Albertsons stores.
The company announced Thursday a deal with retail technology startup Veeve to introduce Veeve Smart Carts into a few dozen stores later this year.
Shoppers who use these carts see the running total of what they have purchased on a touch screen. The carts even have a built-in scale that allows you to weigh produce.
According to a press release announcing the venture:
“The tech-enhanced carts will also integrate with the Albertsons for U loyalty program. Once done shopping, customers can complete payment on their cart and walk out, completely skipping the checkout line.”
Albertsons is not the only grocery retailer embracing the concept of “smart carts.” CNBC reports that Amazon introduced its own Dash Carts at Amazon Fresh stores in 2020 and Kroger has been testing smart-cart technology in some of its stores.
CNBC also reports that the Albertsons move toward smart carts actually began in November, when the grocer started testing the carts at two stores in Idaho and California.
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