Smart checkouts to total $45bn transactions by 2023

Retail spend at frictionless payment stores like Amazon Go will grow from an estimated $253 million in 2018 to over $45 billion by 2023, according to Juniper Research.

The consultancy expects most of these transactions to be in convenience and general stores, with an average transaction value around $30 per visit throughout the forecast period.

Self-scanning apps, an alternative to ‘just walk out’ technologies, will be used by over 32 million shoppers by 2023, driving higher engagement.

So far, in the UK, both Sainsbury’s and the Co-Op have trialled app-based pay-as-you-shop technologies in certain stores. Across the pond, Amazon is reportedly working on plans to open as many as 3,000 of its AmazonGo cashierless stores in by 2021.

While Wi-Fi will continue to remain the biggest engagement point for customers, Juniper expects smart checkout apps to act as gateways to technologies like Bluetooth beacons and augmented reality.

The development of virtualised beacons, where an antenna array simulates the presence of multiple beacons, will increase revenues for beacon manufacturers at an average annual growth of 49 per cent, reaching over $1.5 billion by 2023.

The research found customer service as a key area for in-store innovation, with retailers experimenting with automated handling of customer queries. Voice assistants and in-store robots will support this in 2023, with robots generating over $20 million in revenue for their manufacturers.

Early leaders include Softbank’s Pepper, Bossa Nova Robotics’ shelf-scanning, and Lowe’s customer service robots.

“Many of these technologies can bring multiple benefits to retailers” remarked research author James Moar. “For example, Robots and RFID can be used in both customer service and inventory management; making both elements of in-store retail more efficient.”

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