Coen Markets offer checkout-free shopping using Grabango edge technology

Coen Markets offer checkout-free shopping using Grabango edge technology

Coen Markets Inc., a Pittsburgh tri-state region convenience chain, is now offering checkout-free shopping in select Coen-owned Amoco stores. Through their partnership with Grabango, customers can save time when they shop by skipping the lines and checking out without cashiers or registers. The deployment highlights how edge computing is becoming a key element of the retail industry’s transformation efforts.

With the Grabango app, the company says consumers can shop without having to stand in line or scan their items. All they need to do is grab what they are looking for, and the payment will be taken care of automatically through contactless app billing.

“At Coen, we’re always looking at how technology can improve our shoppers’ experiences,” said Colin Dornish, the VP of consumer experience and innovation at Coen. “Grabango makes shopping fast and easy for them.”

Grabango provides checkout-free technology for large-scale chains, with a next-generation shopper experience and an enterprise-class, checkout-free solution. According to Grabango, its system utilizes advanced machine learning and computer vision algorithms, running on fault-tolerant edge hardware to deliver accurate results at a low cost. The system does not require changes to the store layout, product mix or special carts.

Since 2016, Grabango says its mission has been to eliminate lines and save people time by bringing its checkout-free technology to stores. Combined, the company’s partners represent over 200 million square feet of retail space and generate over $1 billion in annual revenue. Grabango’s technology has been installed in dozens of stores, across seven brands, in five metro markets (Pittsburgh, PA; SF Bay Area, CA; Tucson, AZ; Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL).

“Checkout-free is quickly accelerating into the mainstream. Grabango’s recent slew of store launches, all turned up in rapid succession, is part of the industry’s rapid expansion that we’ll see in 2023,” said Will Glaser, the CEO of Grabango.

Last May, at the Embedded Vision Summit, Grabango was awarded the Best Enterprise Edge AI End Product at the Edge AI and Vision Product of the Year ceremony. The award recognizes a product’s innovations and achievements using AI and vision technologies.

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