In collaboration with tech start-up AiFi, Carrefour has opened its first automated store in its headquarters in Massy. Separately, the retailer has said it has extended the use of blockchain technology to more of its products.
Store to operate as part of a six-month test
The opening of the 56 sq. m store, as reported by trade publication LSA, sees Carrefour trial a solution that will enable shoppers to just walk out. The store carries about 1,500 SKUs, which are mainly organic and private label products. It will only be available to Carrefour employees and will operate for an initial six-month period to enable the retailer to trial the technology behind the solution.
Blockchain technology extended to further products
Meanwhile, separately the retailer has said it is now using blockchain technology in relation to its Carrefour Quality Line Camembert de Normandie. The technology enables shoppers to access more information about the farmers who produce the cheese, details about their farms (including location), date of milk collection and manufacture, amongst others.
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