Opening a store in Greenwich, Aldi is the first discounter to offer the 'just walk out' shopping experience in the United Kingdom. The store had been trialled by the discounter's staff over the past few months.
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In Munich, discounter Netto has started testing a convenience store where customers do not need to go to the cash register. The retailer claims to be the first food discounter worldwide to use this technology.
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Following in the footsteps of a host of other supermarket chains, Sainsbury's has now opened its first autonomous store. The technology behind it comes from Amazon.
Carrefour unveils a new till-less shopping concept in Paris: Carrefour Flash 10/10 promises shoppers that they can shop in 10 seconds and only need 10 seconds to pay.
In Manhattan, Amazon and Starbucks have teamed up for a high-tech coffee and convenience store. The Starbucks café operates without cash registers and has its own Amazon Go-shop inside.
Amazon has managed to cut the cost of its 'Just Walk Out' technology by a whopping 96% since 2017. That paves the way for a wider rollout.
Amazon wants to open hundreds of 'Go'-like checkout-free stores in Europe in the next three years: 260 in the UK alone, and furthermore in Germany, Italy and Spain.
Rewe has opened Germany's first till-less supermarket of the 'Pick and Go' type. It uses the same technology as Tesco's recent trial store in London. However, the store is not really without tills, but rather a - as Rewe puts it - 'hybrid store'.
In a store in Paris, supermarket chain Intermarché is testing a smart shopping basket to allow till-free shopping.
British supermarket chain Tesco has opened its first store where customers can do their shopping without scanning items or queueing at checkout. The store is located in Holborn, in the centre of London.
Aldi goes Amazon Go: the German discounter is opening a fully till-free store in Utrecht. It means that the Netherlands will have the world's first Aldi Nord without any cash registers.
More and more large retailers are experimenting with till-less stores. Discounter Aldi is also trialling a concept in the United Kingdom whereby customers can leave the supermarket without going through checkout.
Amazon is expanding its till-free shopping experience to its Whole Foods supermarkets, introducing its Just walk out technology there as well.
Carrefour has opened its first till-less store in the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. The supermarket works - much like Amazon Go stores - based on camera recognition.
In Europe, too, unmanned or cashless store concepts such as Amazon Go will break through: it is an ongoing process in which retailers are gradually replacing manned services with technology. The question is: which technology?
Under the name Continente Labs, the Portuguese retailer Continente has opened its first till-less supermarket. In terms of set-up and concept, it is very reminiscent of Amazon Go.