The system, called smart checkouts by the company, is powered by artificial intelligence designed by the firm Mashgin.
It has been tested since 2020 at nearly 500 Circle K stores in the United States and Sweden, as well as in Couche-Tard’s retail innovation lab store located on the campus of McGill University in Montreal.
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The system uses computer vision to recognize items presented from virtually any angle and registers them instantly in a single transaction without the need to scan barcodes.
Customers will deposit their items at the checkout system which uses cameras to record everything in less than a second and pay as usual.
Magnus Tägtström, vice president at Couche-Tard, says the smart checkout system will reduce queues and free up teams to focus on helping customers.