Grocery retailer Spar is due to trial self-service checkout technology in Northern Ireland, with the support of Wincor Nixdorf.
The initial proof of concept would help the supplier understand the retailer’s needs, said Roy Ford, IT controller at Spar. “When developing IT programmes for independent retailers, it is key that any supplier you choose understands the need to prove new technologies in a live environment – enabling you to demonstrate to retailers not only that the product works, but that it will bring real business benefits to their stores.
“Wincor Nixdorf was prepared to partner Spar in a proof of concept exercise aimed at proving the business case, as well as the technology, for self-checkout in our stores,” Ford said.
Neil Granleese, IT manager at Henderson Group, which owns the Spar franchise in Northern Ireland, said the aim of self-service was to offer “the convenience shopper a quick, easy and relaxing way of shopping”.
Spar would not reveal the value of the pilot. Spar is the world's biggest international retail food chain, with almost 16,000 stores in 34 different countries worldwide. Sainbury’s and Tesco have both allowed customer self-scanning in the UK, but it has yet to achieve mass acceptance.
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