South African retail giant Shoprite tests cashier-less model

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers leave the Shoprite store in Daveyton, South Africa May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo
An employee restocks shelves with food products inside a Shoprite Holdings Ltd. store in Cape Town, South Africa. /Dean Hutton/Bloomberg)

South African retail giant Shoprite has put on trial the first cashier-less store in the country where customers could serve themselves.

Customers scan a smartphone app to enter the store which is located in Cape Town, then cameras and sensors track what they remove from the shelves. The retailer then bills the customer using credit or debit cards on file.

The Shoprite media team said the cashierless shop “Checkers Rush” is a “no queues, no checkout, no waiting” concept store. It is available to staff at ShopriteX offices, the company’s new digital innovation unit.

“Checkers Rush is one of numerous digital innovations under development by the ShopriteX team. Hundreds of hours of test footage are required to train the algorithms, so it remains an experiment for now,” Shoprite told reporters.

Once the concept store has been perfected, ShopriteX will aim to open one of these stores to the public, according to the company’s media team.