Trigo, an Israel-based computer vision company that offers retailers new technologies for in store customer service and checkout, has partnered with England’s Tesco PLC to open its first fully autonomous checkout-free grocery store in one of London’s busiest commercial centers.
Located in High Holborn in central London, the Tesco Express store is 225 sq m, and outfitted with cameras on the ceilings, will allow customers to walk in, pick their desired items, and walk out without stopping at the checkout. Payments and receipts are settled digitally. This will be the first time anyone other than Amazon is rolling out frictionless checkout grocery stores in the world, and comes as the US giant pursues its grocery strategy globally, which also includes Just Walk Out technology.
Trigo uses AI-powered computer vision technologies together with off-the-shelf hardware to retrofit existing stores. The company applies its proprietary algorithms to ceiling-mounted cameras which automatically learn and upload data on shoppers’ movements and product choices, enabling customers to simply walk into a store, pick up their desired items, and walk out without stopping at the checkout. Payments and receipts are settled digitally. Powered by its proprietary 3D engine, Trigo offers grocery retailers a range of additional solutions called StoreOS, including predictive inventory management, pricing optimization, security and fraud prevention, planogram compliance, and event-driven marketing.
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Last December, Trigo raised $60 million in Series B funding which brought its total funding to $94 million.
Michael Gabay, Trigo co-founder and CEO said, “Trigo is immensely proud and honored to be rolling out its frictionless grocery shopping technology with Tesco, one of the world’s biggest and most innovative grocery retailers. We look forward to transforming other Tesco stores across the UK.”
Guus Dekkers, Chief Technology Officer at Tesco said, “We’re excited to bring this new technology to customers in London. This new proposition will save customers time, removing any friction from the checkout and offering even more convenience for shoppers. Working in partnership with Trigo, we have combined the range, quality and value of Tesco products with the latest in-store innovation and we can’t wait to see how customers respond.”