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First of its kind: NZ company launches AI checkout solution in Japan

Local tech company Imagr has recently launched its end-to-end autonomous check out system in Osaka, following its international partnership deal with H20 Retailing Corporation in Japan in 2019.

Customers at the Oasis store in Nakanoshima, Osaka, will now be able to enter, shop, and leave without having to scan any barcodes. With Imagr’s high-tech image recognition, every single item in the store can be recognised when put into the cart. Shoppers can track their items as they go using the Imagr app and skip the queue to the checkout.

Founder and CEO, William Chomley, says the initiative is the largest vision-only, autonomous checkout deployment of its kind in the world.

“We have the most advanced vision-only frictionless checkout solution available in the global retail market. A deployment of this scale of self-contained vision technology in a supermarket is a world first.

“While I didn’t know it at the time, interest in the low touch retail solution we’ve created has surged since the rise of Covid-19. In a post-pandemic world people will still look for contactless solutions.”

The computer vision, camera, and lighting system used to recognise products are run through Imagr’s ‘The Halo’ technology. The Halo hardware is scalable, which means it can be set up on everything from a small basket to a large trolley.

“The Halo is unique in that the solution layers into any supermarket without a fit-out or infrastructure overhaul. Retailers can roll the system out without the need for Imagr to be involved.”

Although the world is adapting to social distancing, brick and mortar shopping will remain popular. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the rise of contactless experiences, the demand for Imagr’s autonomous checkout system has soared.

“Investors are keen to back a product that helps to accelerate brick and mortar growth in a world where social distancing is becoming the norm. We’re excited for the future growth of Imagr and what’s to come.”

Read more: Why retailers should consider buy-online-pickup-in-store (BOPIS)

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