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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout


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A touchscreen on the intelligent grocery carts allows customers to track and purchase food items.

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts.

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Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and help customers skip long checkout lines by allowing them to pay on the spot.

Sobeys' Smart Cart fleet features touchscreens that display a running count of purchases as shoppers scan and place their items in bags within the cart; customers can pay as soon as their shopping is completed.

Sobeys says as the carts are upgraded, their screens will help customers navigate stores, fill out shopping lists, and suggest products for recipes.

The carts are equipped with high-resolution cameras which, when combined with scales, enable shoppers to add items to their purchase without entering information or scanning bar codes.

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