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Couche-Tard to deploy AI-powered cash registers at stores

The convenience store retailer will introduce more than 10,000 touchless self-serve registers within three years
Couche-Tard cashierless system

Convenience store retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it will deploy more than 10,000 touchless self-serve cash registers within three years at over 7,000 Couche-Tard and Circle K stores.

The system, called smart checkouts by the company, is powered by artificial intelligence designed by the firm Mashgin.

It has been tested since 2020 at nearly 500 Circle K stores in the United States and Sweden, as well as in Couche-Tard's retail innovation lab store located on the campus of McGill University in Montreal.

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The system uses computer vision to recognize items presented from virtually any angle and registers them instantly in a single transaction without the need to scan barcodes.

Customers will deposit their items at the checkout system that uses cameras to record everything in less than a second and pay as usual.

Magnus Tagtstrom, vice-president at Couche-Tard, says the smart checkout system will reduce queues and free up teams to focus on helping customers.

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