AMSTERDAM—Albert Heijn, the leading food retailer in the Netherlands, has opened a digital store at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam to allow travelers to test its check-out free shopping concept for two months, reports Foodbev.com. The autonomous store—or “NanoStore” as the company calls it—aims to give all visitors the best speed and convenience of shopping without a cash register from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. through the end of January 2020.
Working with American tech start-up AiFi and financial corporation ING, Albert Heijn began testing its digital store at its Zaandam head office in September. AiFi uses a combination of AI, edge computing and scalable sensor fusion technology to operate the stores. Customers can scan their debit cards at the door to open it automatically, then pick the products they want and leave. Purchases are automatically registered and paid for, with no need to scan the products. But if desired, customers can also check their purchases at the exit.
Speed and convenience are paramount for our travelers,” says Irene Muysson, head of retail, food and beverage at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “We are happy to give a stage to this innovation from Albert Heijn, and we are naturally extremely proud that we can be the first to offer visitors to Schiphol the benefits of digital shopping.