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Supermarket of the future: With the smart shopping cart to the invisible checkout
The refrigerator is empty, and so is the stomach - what are you doing? Instead of hiring the delivery service, the supermarket could be a preferred option again in the future. After all, when shopping in the future, intelligent price tags will guide you through the jungle of goods, shelves understand you without words and robots will ship your purchases straight to your home. Sounds comfortable, but it is one thing above all: intelligent!
Although more and more established food companies are offering e-food services, supermarkets will not disappear from the scene in the future - they will also become more digital and intelligent.
Price tags that not only amaze bargain hunters
Electronic labels and mobile product scanners such as Codecheck or Barcoo will no longer knock anyone off their feet. But if the price tags keep you up to date about special offers via push notification, not only discount hunters will get their money's worth. The smart product labels from SES-Imagotag should send a lot of information to your smartphone via NFC (Near Field Communication). If you stand in front of a shelf, you will receive information about the ingredients, origin or reviews of individual products via the appropriate app. If you can't find your favorite lasagne, you can call it up via the app. The corresponding price tag then reports its location and guides you to lunch.
Speechless in the supermarket: The clever shelf understands Gestures
The supermarket concept of the Avanade joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture even makes price tags superfluous. Surrounded by networked Kinect sensors, you can use gestures to interact with smart shelves that wordlessly navigate you through the offerings. Huge screens that act as advisors float above the high-tech furniture. If you point to a product, the displays provide information about its origin, ecological footprint and nutritional values, for example. During a virtual tour of the real Coop Italy demo supermarket, you can already get an idea of the futuristic shopping temple.
Supermarket to go: With the smartphone for automated shopping
It is understandable that Amazon is now also supplying groceries to complete the survival range for online shoppers. The fact that the e-commerce giant wants to open an analog supermarket chain, on the other hand, could be irritating. “Analog” is relative in his concept, however, because pretty much the entire shopping process should run automatically in the Amazon Go store. You check in with your smartphone and the appropriate app, sensors and intelligent algorithms “notice” what ends up in the shopping cart. If you have butter, milk and bread together, you simply stroll out of the store, and the amount is automatically debited from your Amazon account. The first Amazon Go store has now opened its doors in Seattle. The high-tech supermarket is now to be put through its paces here.
Networked and bagged: from the self-service checkout to the cashier's basket
You know for sure that you can pay with your smartphone. You also know do-it-yourself cash registers, which are not yet the big hit in this country. Panasonic would like to optimize the SelfServ concept without the annoying queuing with a practical payment system including packing aid. The Reji Robo shopping basket uses an integrated barcode reader to record which items you fill it with. In front of the exit you put it on a shelf, from which the contents tumble into a shopping bag and are added up. Payment is made in cash or by card via the machine.
WiiGo: the trusty shopping cart
In general, shopping baskets and trolleys in supermarket 4.0 are no longer just used to transport goods. The bulky transport models become “smart trolleys” like the prudent shopping robot WiiGo. Thanks to the built-in camera and image recognition software, it remembers how you look and attaches itself to your heels. The self-driving shopping companion is primarily designed for people with limited mobility - for example wheelchair users or customers with prams. The prototype is currently being tested in selected supermarkets in France and Portugal. It does not seem unlikely that WiiGo will soon be available in German supermarkets.
Gita: Rolliger Robot carries your shopping bags
If an exercise ball on wheels chases you in the future, it is likely to be the self-propelled cargo robot from Piaggio Fast Forward. A good 20 kilograms of purchases can be stowed in his Kugel-Bot Gita and transported to their destination at up to 35 kilometers per hour. To find his way around, Gita uses quite unusual technology: he scans his surroundings using a stereo camera and creates a 3D map. He compares this with live images transmitted from a cam on his owner's belt. This is how Gita can find her way around when you turn a corner and are out of sight. Once you have shown him a route, he can later cover it on his own.
Transportation of goods by drone: 7-Eleven delivers by air
If a little hunger creeps in spontaneously during the PS4 marathon on Sundays, the delivery service often remains the first choice. The pizza has not yet flown through the window, but the weekend shopping ends up in the front yard. The American grocery chain 7-Eleven has been delivering orders by drone since the end of last year. Customers can use an app to fill their shopping cart and have it flown in. The Flirtey aircraft finds its way independently thanks to GPS navigation and rappels its cargo elegantly in front of the front door.
Sounds really relaxed, doesn't it? The best news comes at the end: The fashion hunt on the Shopping Tour 4.0 is just as smart as shopping.
Will you make frequent trips to the supermarket in the future or will the delivery service remain your first choice? We look forward to your comment.
Photo: Piaggio Group
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