New self-checkout counter by HARTING will make retail faster, smootherFebruary 26, 2020 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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The HARTING Technology Group is always developing new solutions. The company recently teamed up with DXC Technology and Murata to create the RFID self-checkout counter. This new device enables a single scan of a complete shopping basket, to give consumers a quicker, more seamless in-store shopping experience.
The three companies introduced the RFID self-checkout counter this month in Düsseldorf, Germany, at EuroShop 2020, the world’s biggest retail trade show.
Elimination of long waiting lines
The RFID counter is expected to eliminate long lines at cash registers. This equipment simplifies product scanning to shorten the time customers spend checking out of stores. They place items on the counter, which scans all of them at once, and the counter monitor displays a full product list with a final bill. Customers do not have to scan each item individually, which takes time, especially when products need several scans to ensure a reading.
This self-checkout counter allows customers to pay by card, with an app, and optionally with cash. The entire checkout procedure takes less than half a minute. This technology can improve consumer experience not only in grocery markets and shops, but also in fashion and hardware retailers.
RFID technology has evolved substantially in recent years. Designers have resolved many issues, like label cost and readability limitation for products containing metals or fluids. An all-RFID strategy adds value in multiple-use cases along the product lifespan – starting in production, for the retailer’s private labels, in the supply chain, in compliance processes, and in the store – resulting in high return on investment. Using the technology in high volumes in the store lowers label costs significantly, and RFID technology works for multiple-use cases like precise inventory management, implementation of dynamic pricing scenarios, intelligent shelfing, digital shelf assistants, and anti-theft protection. Retailers can get better customer insights too.
In developing this counter, HARTING and its partners based the concept on an RFID middleware layer. The scanner station, payment processes, mobile app, and back-end systems connect to that layer through secured APIs; it also maintains a digital twin of each product.
To learn more, contact HARTING.