Autonomous Store Aims To Bring Cashierless Checkout To Everyday Convenience Shopping

Autonomous Store Aims To Bring Cashierless Checkout To Everyday Convenience Shopping
Retail

California-based retailer Inokyo is beta testing its autonomous checkout technology, and if successful, will provide a blueprint for smaller stores to offer the convenience of cashierless service

Todd Neikirk
  • 22 august 2018

Amazon opened the first of its cashierless stores in Seattle this year, the popularity of which encouraged other businesses to follow suit. Inokyo (rhymes with Tokyo) recently opened up its Amazon-inspired prototype convenience store in Mountain View, California, offering customers snacks and drinks.

Before visiting the store, customers must download an app that takes a payment method and give users a QR code for store entry. Items that shoppers pick up off the shelf are added into their mobile cart and they are charged as they exit the store. Inokyo is beta testing, so customers are providing research with the goal of providing the retailer with enough data to inform the future product array and business model.

The company does not necessarily see itself as competition to Amazon, but as an example of how smaller stores can offer similar services. Co-founder Tony Francis says, “This is the future of retail. It’s inevitable that stores will become increasingly autonomous. Interested shoppers in the Mountain View area can sign up to be beta testers now.

Inokyo

Amazon opened the first of its cashierless stores in Seattle this year, the popularity of which encouraged other businesses to follow suit. Inokyo (rhymes with Tokyo) recently opened up its Amazon-inspired prototype convenience store in Mountain View, California, offering customers snacks and drinks.

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