Convenience store chain 7-Eleven introduced a next-gen robot dubbed Veny in its Seoul, South Korea, location. The AI-powered robot comes with the hand-pay system, which identifies individual customers by their veins, allowing customers to pay simply by placing their hand on the robot.
JD opened a cashierless store in Jakarta, Indonesia, its first outside of China. Items are tracked by RFID, and camera placed throughout the store track shoppers’ movements to generate store heat maps to monitor traffic, product selection and shopper preferences to help optimize inventory and displays. The store sells FMCG and beauty products, along with apparel, so shoppers can try on a pair of jeans and walk out of the store wearing them. Facial recognition technology identifies shoppers as they leave, charging their credit card automatically for any items they take.
Cashback app Ibotta added a payment feature to provide users with additional savings through reward-based mobile payment. Customers sign up with their credit cards and choose the "Pay With Ibotta" option for any of the 30 participating retailers, including The Home Depot. They are then presented with a QR-code to be shown at checkout to receive rewards for their entire purchase.
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