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13. October 2020 | News, Retail Technology, Shopping Today

Convenience store at the University of Houston retrofitted for checkout-free retail experience

A small convenience store without cash register

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The University of Houston and its dining services partner Chartwells Higher Education, have partnered with Standard, which provides the only checkout-free solution that can be quickly and easily installed in existing stores, to transform an on-campus convenience store into the nation’s first retrofitted, completely touchless, cashierless retail experience.

“Market Next” at Technology Bridge opened on the University of Houston campus. Operating 24 hours a day, the store sells an assortment of snacks, coffee, beverages, microwavable items, sandwiches, and more; students can walk in, take what they like, and simply walk out – without ever having to scan anything or wait in line to pay. The fastest full shopping trip recorded with the Standard platform is 2.3 seconds, which can only happen because of its camera-based system, and is especially useful for students who are running late for class.

A young man in a store taking something out of a shelf

Shoppers can take what they want and leave in seconds – they are automatically charged and a receipt is emailed. // © Standard Cognition

“Students’ tastes change constantly, and we’re well equipped to handle that. But their shopping preferences evolve too, and we want to continue providing new and unique shopping experiences that are unexpected on a college campus,” said David Riddle, Vice President of Operations for Chartwells Higher Ed, District Manager for UH System Dining. “This is the future of shopping, and with autonomous checkout […], we’ve made it as easy, safe and convenient as possible for students to come in, get what they need, and go.”

“Checkout-free technology is an innovation that will make our students’ lives a little easier and a lot safer. This is the new standard for campus safety that is important to students today and for the foreseeable future,” said Emily Messa, Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice President for Administration at the University of Houston. “That’s why we will plan to convert additional Market stores on campus to this technology in the coming year.”

Source: Standard Cognition

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