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Shekel & Hitachi unveil Capsule – first micromarket solution worldwide

Author : Pankaj Singh | Published Date : 2020-01-13 

Recently, Shekel Brainweigh Ltd., a leading company that provides advanced weighing systems, and Hitachi, launched the first autonomous micro-market solution, ‘Capsule’ at NRF 2020 Vision. The solution incorporates Shekel’s Product Aware Shelves and Hitachi’s LiDAR sensors. These companies will introduce this fully operational autonomous store in Hitachi’s booth #5882 and Shekel’s booth #5880. The Capsule store is likely to be stocked with drinks and snacks at Hitachi’s booth #5882 during NRF and become operational by the first quarter of 2020.

Udi Wiesner, Shekel’s General Manager of the Retail Innovation Division, claims Capsule to be a highly accurate, cost-effective, and privacy-complaint solution for retailers. Usage of Capsule is convenient as customers need not go to the checkout counter after getting wide variety of products such as food and beverages, Wiesner says.

This autonomous shopping solution highly satisfies rising consumers’ demand for grab-and-go products and enhance shopping environments by revolutionizing the way consumers purchase various products. Shoppers are granted a secure payment method that is tracked by using Hitachi’s LiDAR technology.

After this process, they can purchase any item registered under Shekel Product Aware shelves, automatically integrated to their POS, and leave the store without the necessity to pass via store cashiers and traditional checkout machines. Owing to these factors, customers will be able to experience a frictionless shopping environment.

Shekel’s IoT-based Product Aware technology are embedded with cloud-based AI, software and Machine Learning to produce highest level of accuracy.

As stated by Sales and Marketing Manager of Hitachi America Ltd., Thomas Hylas, consumers prefer shopping convenience products from micro-markets. Therefore, the segment is gaining ground in high-traffic areas such as workplaces, campuses, airports, and train stations. The joint Shekel-Hitachi solution will gratify consumers’ demand for non-hostile shopping without compromising on its operation and accuracy.

According to a latest survey carried out by Shekel, 50% respondents seemed to be annoyed with the lack of fresh products and the standard vending machines in micro-markets. If certain benefits are applicable for them such as ability to return products and purchase more than one item at a time, 41% respondents are likely to accept micro-markets, claimed the survey.

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