'Smart' shopping carts being trialled

In Germany, Rewe is testing tablets attached to carts with an AI powered system that allows customers to scan their shopping list. The system can then navigate them to the desired products. On the way there, the screen shows discounted items and special offers.

Conad is testing a project that it calls ‘Genio nel carrello’ (genius in the cart). The smart trolley is able to recognize the items that are placed (or even thrown!) inside. The trolley, thanks to 8 cameras on board, and hardware inside the installed tablet, is able to recognize products with around 95%. Payment with the trolley can take place in three ways: passing through the traditional checkout, using the self-payment area, and the Pass Pay lane – passing without stopping for customers registered with a form of digital payment on the app.

In a first for Belgium, Colruyt is experimenting with a smart shopping cart with a camera, screen, and sensors. The screen shows your shopping list once you scan your loyalty card. Shoppers can leave the store without stopping at a checkout. For now, the test is conducted in one store and with employees only.