Smartphone, sensors and health insurers without employees
While the sensors at the entrance, on the ceilings and on the ground accompany the customers while shopping, sensors on the shelf evaluate the weight of the individual products.For example, if a customer takes a pack of flour from the shelf, this product is assigned to the consumer.At the cash register, he then pays the selected product.
The sensors recognize the customer, the product and the amount.The clever supermarket shelves even remember when a consumer is surrounded and a product moves back.At the cash register, traders are currently testing three payment systems: SB terminal, self-scan via smartphone with "Just-Walk-out" function and cash tunnel.
The SB terminal seems to be prevailing in Germany.Customers themselves have to scan the products at a terminal that is equipped with scanners and touch display.Up to six customers can also be operated on an area that takes up a classic treadmill fund.
Such terminals are already in use at Kaufland, McDonald "S, Ikea, Real, Globus, Rewe, Edeka or Netto brand-discount.Even discounter giant Lidl gained initial experiences abroad.
Self-scan concepts go one step further.Customers scan the products with their own smartphone.Netto brand discount, for example, is currently testing the concept in Munich."We could roll out the self-scan procedure now and immediately nationwide," say the IT experts from Netto Marken-Discount proudly."That is the future," it says.
In this procedure, customers via app scan the price tags or the QR codes on the products.The system captures purchasing and customers can leave the shop after paying via the app, at the cash register or at the SB terminal (just walk-out).The chip practical test shows that customers are traveling much faster with direct scanning and saving the long waiting time and laying on at the cash register.
Another concept consists of treadmill and sensors.Customers have to put the goods on a treadmill as usual and let them drive through a kind of cash tunnel.The products are scanned, recorded and the customer pays at the end by terminal or via app.
Wanzl developed such a concept with the screw giant Würth.The branches are even open for 24 hours for customers.