As coronavirus seems to have nestled in many countries, grocery shopping has severely been affected. Online shopping, as a comfortable and convenient way during the lockdown, has rapidly become common. Legacy grocery stores and retailers are investing in contactless technology.
American supermarket chains including Wegmans, Price Chopper and Giant Eagle have presented checkout-free equipment in a number of their stores. This is an initiative to provide shoppers with safety when buying grocery.
Walmart has also offered a smartphone application allowing shoppers to get rid of queues.
Veeve, too, is trying smart carts in stores in places like North Carolina and Seattle. Applying a set of cameras and sensors to detect goods placed inside the carts and compute the expenses, Veeve has introduced a new technology to a new shopping experience while avoiding lines of customers.
However, this might be venturous to invest in such technologies as it’s not obvious whether shoppers will go for the application or the innovation.