Amazon’s cashierless technology is being rolled out in airport shops, helping to speed up purchases for busy travellers.
Under an agreement between Amazon and OTG, the hospitality group will use Just Walk Out technology in its CIBO Express Gourmet Markets.
OTG has over 100 outlets of CIBO Express Gourmet Markets across ten major airports, offering ready-made provisions, fresh foods, health & beauty products and electronics.
Starting at Newark Liberty Airport’s Terminal C this week and followed later by additional stores at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia Airports, travellers can buy items at CIBO Express Gourmet Markets without stopping to check out. To use Just Walk Out, they enter the store using their credit card, grab the items they wish to purchase, and then simply walk out of the store. Customers are automatically charged for the items selected.
The system uses a combination of cameras, shelf sensors, computer vision and deep learning to detect when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart.
Amazon already operates around two dozen convenience stores based on its checkout-free technology, and recently opened its first full-size, cashierless grocery store in Seattle.
Commenting on the deployment with OTG, Dilip Kumar, vice president of Physical Retail & Technology at Amazon, said that travellers “will no longer have to assess store lines to determine if they can quickly grab that snack, bottle of water, or travel essential they need before their flight” as the Just Walk Out technology will enable them to “quickly grab what they need and get on their way without standing in line to check out“.