By absorbing shopping elements like the help desk or the checkout lane, smart carts are transforming the grocery retail experience—without requiring reinvention of the entire store

Tech innovations are allowing for all sorts of new shopping experiences, from social commerce to click-and-pickup or checkout-free options. However, some of these can be tricky to implement for  brick-and-mortar retailers, or require complex infrastructural changes.

One way to allow the digitally enhanced shopping experience consumers have come to expect without uprooting the entire traditional store is implementing high-tech carts, which merge with other essential parts of the store, from the checkout lane to the help desk. Here's how tech-enabled carts are transforming grocery shopping while requiring fewer changes to the existing store format:

Ford 
Ford is now applying its automotive know-how to shopping carts. In an effort to reduce grocery store collisions, the brand designed a smart cart with self-braking technology. Designed with state-of-the art sensors, the cart can detect potential accidents and automatically stop itself to avoid the impact.

Ford

Caper
New York City-based smart cart company Caper is bringing the self-checkout to the aisles. Shoppers can now scan items or even allow their carts to use image recognition as they select products. The machines are also equipped with built-in card readers to streamline payment.

Apricart
Gone are the days of searching for a product in the grocery store—the smart shopping cart company Apricart guides customers around the store with customized data to help locate any product. Using sensor-enabled data, the cart also provides customers with offers based on what's inside their cart.


Lead image: Ford

Tech innovations are allowing for all sorts of new shopping experiences, from social commerce to click-and-pickup or checkout-free options. However, some of these can be tricky to implement for  brick-and-mortar retailers, or require complex infrastructural changes.

One way to allow the digitally enhanced shopping experience consumers have come to expect without uprooting the entire traditional store is implementing high-tech carts, which merge with other essential parts of the store, from the checkout lane to the help desk. Here's how tech-enabled carts are transforming grocery shopping while requiring fewer changes to the existing store format: