BWG Foods launches self-checkout tech in Irish grocers

BWG Foods has become the first retail business in Ireland to launch MishiPay's Scan, Pay & Go checkout technology, as part of a new pilot scheme across its network.

If the initial run in two sites is successful, BWG will roll-out the solution to independent retailers across more than 1,000 SPAR, EUROSPAR, MACE, Londis and XL stores.

The technology is entirely contactless, helping with in-store social distancing by allowing customers to scan and pay for items using their own mobile phone. In addition, the software allows retailers to place limits on the quantity of goods purchased by each user, helping to ensure better stock management.

Customers can also scan products remotely from home for Click and Collect or home delivery services. It is anticipated that the technology will allow retailers to improve operational efficiencies by freeing up staff from checkouts to meet increasing demand in other areas of store operations.

The system is now live at SPAR Cherrywood in Dublin and Londis Newcastle in Galway, marking MishiPay’s first foray into grocery and convenience.

Chris Donnelly, IT director for BWG Foods, said: “The current pandemic has accelerated the need for consumer facing businesses to embrace new technologies that make shopping experiences safer, quicker and altogether more convenient.

"We’ve been exploring a number of different advanced solutions to enhance the convenience of our retailers’ offerings and we believe this innovation represents the next great evolution of grocery retailing in Ireland."

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