The French grocery retailer is testing facial recognition software that allows customers to pay with a facial scan—no register or bar codes required

The days of the traditional check-out process, with long lines and longer waits, are numbered. French grocery chain Carrefour this week unveiled a new register-free concept store in its head office in Massy, France, where customers can pay with just a scan of their faces.

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The store, called Flash, is just over 500 square feet and offers a range of about 1,300 products. Most of the choices are snacks foods. The shop is only available to Carrefour employees at this point, but this is the first step in a plan to introduce the tech to more stores around the globe. The retailer hopes that Flash becomes an answer to Amazon Go when it reaches a larger scale.

When shoppers enter the store, they're tracked by cameras and sensors. They pick up products and then wait for a camera to scan their faces as payment—no registers required. Carrefour has not yet announced plans to expand the concept, but more register-free Flash stores are likely on the way.

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The days of the traditional check-out process, with long lines and longer waits, are numbered. French grocery chain Carrefour this week unveiled a new register-free concept store in its head office in Massy, France, where customers can pay with just a scan of their faces.

Carrefour

The store, called Flash, is just over 500 square feet and offers a range of about 1,300 products. Most of the choices are snacks foods. The shop is only available to Carrefour employees at this point, but this is the first step in a plan to introduce the tech to more stores around the globe. The retailer hopes that Flash becomes an answer to Amazon Go when it reaches a larger scale.