A brand new, cashier-free shop is set to open in Cork early next year, in what looks to be a world’s first.
The Irish Examiner reports retail technology agency Everseen is developing the store on French Church Street, which uses mobile technology, beacons, and other highly advanced techniques to allow customers to walk in, pick up what they want and simply walk out. The price of their messages will be applied to their account without any till or checkout interaction require.
Everseen, which works with some of the world’s top retailers in loss-prevention techniques, says the technology involves a lot more than simply removing the registers.
“0Line [Zero Line] gives offline retailers intelligence about their customers,” says Alan O’Herlihy, CEO of Everseen. “It allows them to respond to consumer behaviour and emotions, not just purchasing patterns.”
Amazon has been testing a similar store near its HQ in Seattle for several months, but it is yet to open to the public. Looks like there’s something of an arms race developing in the area of self-service.
O’Herlihy added that Everseen believes it can introduce the technology to “football stadium-sized” stores within the next two years.