Al Meera Consumer Goods Company is set to open its first “Al Meera Smart”, the first fully autonomous checkout-free store in Qatar, at Aspire Park, as it successfully conducts a final test run of the hi-tech innovative outlet.
The pilot smart shop planned to open soon reflects Al Meera’s comprehensive expansion plan and ongoing digital transformation strategy as it aims to ensure citizens and residents in Qatar enjoy easy access to hassle-free shopping thanks to modern technology and the latest cashless payment solutions.
The first Al Meera Smart store is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology which will eventually be applied in different locations within Al Meera’s growing network in Qatar. It will be ready to offer services to customers based on a quick and self-service method, providing snacks, beverages, grab-and-go meals, and other essential goods supported by a cashier-less process.
The frictionless smart store operates through a collection of cameras and sensors that track customers from the point of entry until they leave, speeding up the purchasing process to make shopping transactions faster, simpler, less stressful and more enjoyable.
Saving customers the need to queue for payment after picking their items, shoppers can create a virtual shopping cart, put the items in their pocket, bag, purse or carry them, and the software will directly charge the cost of the purchased items from the customers’ credit card as soon as they leave the shop.
The store is a unique addition to the existing number of checkout-free lines in Al Meera branches across the country, besides the operational self-service branch in the Qatar Energy tower in Al Dafna, West Bay.
“Al Meera is proud to be the first retailer in Qatar to offer a new smart checkout-free store solution through Al Meera Smart branches with the aim to make shopping more convenient for our customers and bring our services closer to them. Deploying this kind of modern technology promoting cashless payment solutions, supports the country’s digitalization in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and offers exceptional customer experience for all. We are condifent that the successful technical testing of the Aspire Park Al Meera Smart store is only the beginning of this smart journey”.
Al Meera continues to offer creative approaches to make shopping more convenient for its customers by introducing innovative solutions such as online shopping and temporary branches during the World Cup, wholesale branches, and Maar metro outlets to provide essential needs with comfort.
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