NYC Grocer Tests Smart Carts

The Cust2Mate is outfitted with a touchscreen, weight system and camera to help scan items.

October 11, 2021

Woman Shopping in Grocery Store

NEW YORK—A2Z Smart Technologies is deploying a smart shopping cart pilot program at two New York City grocery stores, reports Progressive Grocer. Fifty Cust2Mate smart carts will be tested at two Morton Williams locations in Manhattan.

“Our smart carts are an ideal solution for busy NYC shoppers who value the ability to get their shopping done at their leisure without having to ever stand in line,” said Rafael Yam, Cust2Mate’s CEO, to Progressive Grocer.

The Cust2Mate smart cart allows customers to gather products and pay for them in-cart. The carts feature a touchscreen, a legal-for-trade weighing system for bulk items, a video camera that recognizes each item in the cart, an anti-fraud weighing system and a barcode scanner.

The technology helps retailers navigate the current labor market challenges, according to Progressive Grocer.

A2Z Smart Technologies is working to expand the pilot program into other grocery stores in the United States, as well as in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this year, Kroger tested its KroGo smart cart that utilizes technology from Caper that includes a built-in camera and scale, similar to the Amazon Dash Cart.