Albert Heijn experiments with cash-register free supermarket
Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is experimenting with a new form of shopping in which ‘buying groceries is just like taking something out of the fridge’. The testing ground, a 14 square meter purpose-built store at the company’s Zaandam headquarters, has no cash registers and shoppers do not have to scan the products they are buying either. Instead, shoppers open the door to the shop by scanning their bank card. As they leave, the grocery bill will appear on a screen and the money they owe will automatically be deducted from their bank account.
The cameras do not use facial recognition and work together with special shelving which registers if a product is removed or put back.