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SPAR Albania Introduces Self-Checkout Technology in Supermarkets

By Branislav Pekic
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SPAR Albania Introduces Self-Checkout Technology in Supermarkets

SPAR has introduced self-checkout solutions to its Interspar outlet at Tirana East Gate, in the Albanian capital, following a pilot phase.

As of 8 November 2023, more than 2,000 transactions were completed at the store via self-checkout, prompting the retailer to introduce the technology fully.

Self-checkout stations allow customers to scan their items and pay independently, offering a faster and more convenient alternative to traditional checkout lanes.

To ensure a smooth transition, SPAR has implemented both digital and physical guides next to the self-checkout stations, assisting shoppers in navigating the new system with ease.

Pilot Project

Redona Kalaja, marketing manager at SPAR Albania, added, “These numbers indicate we are off to a good start in the trial period. We are very satisfied with the results and look forward to modernising our retail practices to the next step.”

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SPAR has pledged to expand this initiative, and is actively working to implement self-checkout at additional stores, with plans to eventually implement it across its entire network.

The retailer believes that the initiative marks a significant shift in the Albanian supermarket sector, aligning with the evolving preferences of consumers.

SPAR entered the Albanian market in 2016 through Almark, a unit of the Albanian company Balfin Group. The retailer has since opened 80 stores in the Balkan country that operate under the InterSPAR hypermarkets and SPAR supermarkets banners.

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