Amazon launches shopping baskets that track products as they are added by customers, and then automatically deduct them when you remove grocery bags. Dash Carts will be unveiled at Amazon’s new Los Angeles grocery store, which is scheduled to open in 2020, the company said on Tuesday.
Dash Carts uses the cashless Just Walk Out technology, first introduced in Amazon Go stores. Amazon Go stores, open to the public in 2018, allow you to buy out of turn items at the checkout. Over the past few years, the company has settled in the food market, but with the new technology, Amazon hopes to make the shopping process more enjoyable and stand out from other retail chains.
Buyers must have an Amazon account and smartphone to use the Dash Cart. After entering the store, users scan the QR code located in the Amazon app.
Each cart is equipped with cameras that use computer vision to identify items placed in bags inside the carts. As well as a built-in scale for weighing. For products such as fresh produce, customers enter a four-digit product code and a quantity on the display that records weight and price. The basket is also equipped with a coupon scanner that applies any discounts to the customer’s order. Trolleys are designed for small and medium-sized grocery purchases when customers can leave the store with one or two packages of goods.
As customers add and remove products, the display on the front of the basket adjusts the total price.
After selecting products, customers exit through the lane of the Dash Cart store. The company charges the credit card associated with their Amazon account and sends a copy of the receipt by email.