Frictionless Payment Technology is Expanding
Grocers and technology providers have been eyeing expansions in frictionless payment options, like smart carts and new ways to scan and go. In recent weeks, Amazon has announced the expansion of multiple payment programs. The commerce giant first announced Just Walk Out tech back in 2016, which has gradually been gaining traction since. Years later, they announced another option, Amazon One. Both payment technologies have been making headlines recently as Amazon plans to roll out the systems to more stores.
Last week, independent grocery store Community Groceries announced plans to offer Amazon payment options at their sole location in Kansas City, Missouri. This news makes the retailer the first non-Amazon store to use the tech in the U.S. The grocer will offer Just Walk Out, which requires customers to insert their credit card at a kiosk upon entering the store and leave without stopping at checkout, as well as Amazon One, a similar concept that scans the shopper’s palm for payment.
Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon, announced last month that Amazon One is coming to the Dallas area. Beginning with just two stores, the tech will eventually hit all 16 Whole Food locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The payment option is currently being used in locations in Seattle, Austin, New York, and throughout California. It works by registering users’ biometric data (palm) with the payment account. The data is linked to their account, so when they hover their palm above a scanner, their account is charged.
Just this summer, STCR expanded frictionless payment options offered by the company by including smart carts to its product portfolio. In addition to the new smart carts, STCR offers scan & go solutions, as well as self checkout technology, which it has been delivering to grocers for over a decade.
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