Carrefour Brasil has rolled out a new automatic checkout system for its Atacadão banner, a first for Brazil’s wholesale sector.
The high-speed system makes checking out up to four times faster. Aimed mainly at small traders and processors, the new service is being tested in the Vila Maria unit, in São Paulo.
Sixteen cameras scan every side of packages, boxes and loose products placed by the customer on the automatic conveyor belt. With the new technology it is possible to register about 60 items a minute, compared to about 15 products, on average, for a standard checkout system.
According to Atacadão CEO Roberto Müssnich, the new high-speed checkout guarantees an even better shopping experience for customers, as the number of checkouts has been increased.
Atacadão's digital strategy is in line with the Carrefour Group's global strategic plan, called 'Carrefour 2022,' which in January made digital transformation one of its main pillars of investment and operation in Brazil.
In addition to the high-speed checkout being rolled out at Atacadão, Carrefour Brasil operates self-checkout systems in its hypermarkets and Carrefour gas stations in the state of São Paulo. The aim is to reach 64 consumer self-service units by the end of the year.
The French retailer is planning to end 2018 with 189 Atacadão stores, by opening 20 new stores during the course of the year.
Back in March, Müssnich announced that Carrefour Brasil plans to open between120 and 140 new Atacadão stores “over the coming years”.
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