Storelift Debuts Auto C-Stores With AI, Computer Vision

The French startup has launched two stores under the name “Boxy” near Paris. 

September 09, 2020

PARIS—French startup Storelift has debuted its Boxy automated convenience stores which rely on AI and computer vision to provide cashierless experiences to customers, VentureBeat.com reports. The two locations are housed in repurposed shipping containers designed for urban settings.

“Our vision is really to address all the city areas where there are 10,000 people who have no convenience store,” said Tom Hayat, Storelift CEO. “We want to be as close to the customers as possible.”

Storelift co-founders Hayat and David Gabai see opportunity for small convenience stores like Boxy in urban areas. The 20-foot shipping containers house 200 products, mostly organic food. Customized hardware, software and algorithms, along with a small data center, power the store’s automatic checkout.

Shoppers scan a QR code via the Boxy app to enter the store and again scan the code when leaving to checkout and pay for their items.

“We know the products you touch and if it’s too expensive,” Hayat said. “From that, we can optimize the replenishment, assortment, [and] promotion campaigns in one click. We have the granularity of e-commerce data, so we can improve the offer every day. We know what products are working and which ones are not.”

Storelift does not utilize facial recognition software and doesn’t collect personal data. With two dozen employees, the company is looking to add more Boxy locations soon. “We can have a real impact in the day-to-day lives of consumers,” Hayat said. “With our technology, we can give people access to a convenience store at the right price.”

Read more about AI and camera vision applications for c-stores in “The ‘Vision’ of Future Checkout” in the August issue of NACS Magazine.

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