10 Grocery Store Innovations That Will Blow Your Mind
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10 Grocery Store Innovations That Will Blow Your Mind

February 20, 2020


The world of technology is constantly changing
and evolving and it can be difficult for us everyday folk to keep up. Each year more and more gadgets and tech our
taking over our grocery stores; from self check out to no check out at all. The grocery store is changing. With that in mind, here are our 10 Futuristic
Gadgets That Are Changing Grocery Shopping forever! Augmented Reality Many people already use Augmented Reality
all the time in their daily life. Pretty soon A.R is going to be an integral
part of our grocery shopping routine. The idea of this new system is to help everyone
have a better shopping experience. Using special tracking and computer vision,
the A.R will be able to integrate with your shopping list and pick out any dietary or
allergy friendly foods you need. It will also guide you around the store in
a more efficient way. Plus, if you need to make a recipe, the system
will pick out all the ingredients you need and show you where they are in the store. We could well be seeing more of this A.R technology
in many walks of life soon. After all, most of us use our phones and apps
for most things, especially shopping. Already people write their shopping lists
and use coupons within an app, so how much easier would it be to do all that with one
single app, plus you get your own shopping guide as well. QueVision If there is one thing that all of humanity
has to suffer with, it’s standing in line at the grocery store. We’ve all been there and we all dislike it,
but somehow it’s ok as this is a shared experience and we all suffer together. However, the days of standing in line for
seemingly hours on end may well be a thing of the past. A big piece of technology making real waves
in the grocery business is QueVision. Rolled out by grocery store giant Kroger in
2012, QueVision is designed to make grocery shopping a more pleasant experience. Using infrared cameras, sensors and predictive
analytic systems, QueVision feeds ‘real-time’ information directly to store managers. The information helps the stores determine
how many people are in the store at any one time and therefore how many cash registers
they need to open. Given enough time, QueVision can actually
start to predict what is going to happen on certain days and how busy it should be. The idea of this is that customers shouldn’t
have to spend a big part of their day in a line. QueVision will know when it’s busy and the
store will already have enough cash registers open to make a shopping run faster and smoother. Scan And Go As we’ve mentioned on this list already, a
trip to the grocery store can be a nightmare. The next big thing that really could help
deal with this issue is Scan and Go. Essentially, Scan and Go takes away the need
to go to the cashier as you scan the food yourself. Using an app, the customer scans the barcode
of the product and then places it a bag or cart. When the shopping is done, the customer can
either pay for the groceries via the app, therefore bypassing the cash register and
line ups altogether. Or they can generate a single barcode on the
app, which can then be scanned into a self-checkout. Whichever way you choose to pay, Scan and
Go could actually make grocery shopping a pleasurable experience. Smart Carts So far on our list of gadgets that will change
grocery shopping forever, we have mentioned a lot of tech that you can use on your phone
to help you with your weekly shopping. Now we come to a gadget that the store is
providing for you and that’s the Smart Cart. We have all had problems with a shopping cart. Not only is there never a cart when we need
one, but when we do finally get our hands on one, we can never steer it properly and
the thing has a mind of its own. Not any more. The Smart Cart is here to help with our shopping
too. Each cart is fitted with a scanner so customers
can scan the item before putting it in the cart. Much like the Scan and Go app, except it’s
built into the cart. Just in case you were wondering about foods
that don’t have a barcode, the Smart Cart has a built-in scale so you can weigh the
food as you put it in the cart. The Smart Cart also allows you to pay at your
cart so you can avoid line ups and the cashier altogether. The Smart Cart is also loaded with artificial
intelligence and machine learning tech that will actually be able to identify the products
rather than customers having to scan them. That part of the Smart Cart isn’t available
yet, but we are assured that it is coming soon. The Smart Carts might not be coming to a grocery
store near you yet, as it’s the Canadian Store Sobey’s that are introducing this gadget. However, assuming that the Smart Cart does
well with customers, we could be seeing this item in most grocery stores in the US and
Canada soon. Amazon Go The future of grocery shopping is now. That’s according to Amazon. The internet shopping giant has recently expanded
into the real world as they have started to roll out their physical stores across the
country. The stores themselves look very futuristic;
sleek and minimalist, the stores look more like tech boutiques than a grocery store. Just before everyone runs off to check out
the Amazon go stores, there are a few things you need to do first. The most important thing is to install their
app, as you can’t even enter the store without it. Then you have to log into it, and set up an
account if you don’t already have one, then you are good to go. The store has a fancy turnstile that you must
scan with the app in order to get in, and then everything inside the store is closely
monitored by cameras and tracking technology so it knows exactly who is in the store and
what is going on. It also keeps tabs on what you are putting
in your basket and what you put back and can charge your account accordingly. That all sounds super futuristic but the main
selling point from these stores is that there are no lines whatsoever. There aren’t even any cash registers. When you have done your shopping, you exit
through the turnstiles, and then Amazon just charges the shopping to your card or bank
via the app. The popularity of these stores is growing
rapidly, so much so that Amazon is opening more and more across the country. Kroger and Microsoft That’s right, one of the U.S’s biggest grocery
chains and one of the world’s biggest tech companies are getting together to make grocery
shopping an all-around better experience. The idea behind this partnership is to wage
war on Amazon. In order to compete with Amazon, Kroger and
Microsoft have come up with store ideas that will revolutionize the way we shop. Adding a ‘Scan and Go’ element to their store,
customers will have a guided tour around the stores, as well as being able to scan their
own products and pay for them in the app. On top of that, these stores will also use
personalized shelf signs to help the customers complete their shopping. The selves are covered in sensors and cameras
that can convert the digital signs into relevant information. As these digital signs are linked with the
app, they can also be used as advertising tools and can target specific products based
on the customer’s demographics and shopping history. Warehouse Robots If you are like us, then you probably watched
a lot of science fiction movies as children. More often than not, in those movies robots
would rise up and take over the world. We may be a long way off from that actually
happening, but the robots have started to take over our grocery stores. Maybe this is their plan; to infiltrate our
shopping habits and then strike when we are unaware? Maybe that’s how it will all start? Until that day, we’ll turn our attention
to the grocery store warehouse. With online orders becoming big business,
it can be difficult to keep on top of so many orders. There is a solution, however, robots. British online delivery company Ocado has
thousands of busy robots packing grocery orders at their warehouse. Using air traffic control technology, the
robots move along a grid, communicating with each other and even self-charging for maximum
efficiency. The use of robots in this way speeds up packing
time and therefore they can have a much faster turn around when it comes to ordering and
deliveries. U.S retail giant Kroger is looking to use
this technology in their warehouses too and have made a partnership with Ocado to bring
the robots to the U.S. Instore robots As we have just mentioned, a big gadget that
is changing grocery stores is robots. These robots are not just content with staying
in the warehouses to pack our groceries. No, they are now moving into stores and are
coming face to face with customers. There are in fact several companies using
several ‘robots’ in their stores. However, it’s the ‘googly-eyed’ robot that
is grabbing all the headlines. The robots scan the shelves to see which foods
need re-stocking or re-ordering. The other duty these googly-eyed robots, who
is actually called Marty, will have is to warn customers of hazards and spills. It then notifies the staff to come and fix
the problem. So, it basically rolls around the stores making
sure everything is ok and everyone is safe. That’s a good robot. While these in-store robots are being seen
more and more, they do have limited functions at the moment. However, we are sure it won’t be long before
they are being programmed with more complicated duties, and who knows, maybe Marty and friends
will one day be running the entire grocery business. Nanotech Nanotechnology is one of the great sources
for all science fiction and now it’s coming to food. Nanotechnology is the science of the very
small and is measured in billionths of a meter. The nanoparticles are on similar scales to
viruses and proteins. Using nanotech in food isn’t a new thing,
mayonnaise, for example, uses this as water and oil don’t naturally mix. However, food sciences are starting to go
further and using nanotechnology to manipulate the food in order to create a specific taste
and even reduce the fat content significantly. They are also looking into reducing salt grains
by a thousand times, which increases the surface area and makes the food need less salt without
losing any flavor. Nanotech isn’t just going into making food
healthier and more sustainable, it is also going into the packaging. It could cut the use of harmful packaging,
such as plastics, significantly. There is also research going into the packaging
being able to change color if the food has gone bad. Self-Driving delivery Grocery delivery has had a big boom over the
last decade or so. Being able to order your weekly food from
your favorite grocery store online, has been a revelation. Or at least it was years ago. With the speed that technology moves, online
grocery shopping seems a little dated. That is until the groceries start driving
themselves! A lot of Grocery stores, Kroger, Walmart,
and Amazon, in particular, are testing out self-driving cars. With companies such as Ford involved, the
quest for the ultimate self-driving delivery vehicle is on. Not only are companies trying to go ahead
with self-driving deliveries but some are actually trying for self-driving grocery stores. The mini grocery stores drive themselves around
and can be called via an app. Once the vehicle arrives, customers open the
door and take what they need. In a similar vein to the Amazon Go stores,
only much smaller, the vehicles and shelves have sensors and cameras so it knows what
you’ve taken, then you get charged via the app and a receipt is emailed to you. The future of grocery shopping looks like
it won’t even have us going to the store as the store will come to us. Stay right here and tap on another one of
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  2. hahahaha q vision is already going to fail.

    if we know when a good day is to shop, its really not going to be a great day to shop because others already know!

    The best time to shop at a 24 hr store is after midnite. nobody is there!

    Now that you know my secret, im going to start shopping during the day time.

  3. It is cool. But look how many jobs are taken from people. And what about people that only like to pay for things with cash

  4. Not sure how I feel about some of these, regarding privacy.

    Also, the Martys sound a lot like the premise of a classic Doctor Who episode.

  5. I already use scan and go at Fairway, It's fantastic! And my local Stop & Shop already has those in-store robots milling up and down the aisles. They get in my way.

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  7. My local grocery store offers free pickup and delivery. Haven't tried it, but I'm guessing they charge a lot for delivery!

  8. I call BS….I have to log into my account, then my deals from the website at home…no Internet wifi at the store, take a photo of the scan bar of the item, then input my club card and still it rings up wrong. Albertsons is great example. Meanwhile, the poor guy behind me has melting ice cream and is annoyed..The manager is equally confused and perplexed, blames corporate..but the deals never, ever wind up in my favor. Screw all that…

  9. The implications of this is scary. I don't live, and die by my phone. It's for texting, and making phone calls ONLY. Half the time or more, I don't even have it with me. I prefer the old fashion way. Period!

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