Microsoft is helping to make Kroger’s smart grocery stores a reality. The tech giant and mega grocery retailer are partnering to make the shopping experience easier. So what do we know about these smart stores? Read on to learn what might come to a Kroger near you.

You’ve heard about the cashier-less Amazon Go stores. The “walk-in, grab your stuff and go” formula has totally transformed the face of grocery shopping. Now, Kroger wants in.

While these new Kroger smart stores don’t have the same sensor and camera-driven cashier-less model that you’ll find in an Amazon Go, they do use technology to make getting your groceries easier. So how do these stores work?

Customers can use Kroger’s app or a “Scan, Bag, Go” terminal to create shopping list. The app/terminal then directs the customer around the store to find every item on their list. Along with their in-store shopping smart system, the new partnership will also bring digital signs to the aisles and allow employees to monitor shelf stock.

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Don’t get super-excited about your local Kroger turning into a smart store immediately. As of now only there are only two prototype smart stores—one near Kroger’s headquarters in Monroe, Ohio and the other near Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond, Washington. Fingers crossed, more roll out this year.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Courtesy of Kroger/PR Newswire

 

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