Giant Eagle To Test Checkout-Free Shopping

Grocery Shopping

PITTSBURGH (News Radio 1020 KDKA) – Imagine walking into your local Giant Eagle, shopping for what you need or want and then just walking out the door with your items without checking out. That's what the Pittsburgh-based grocery chain is investigating for the future.

Giant Eagle is partnering with a California based company to develop a checkout-free, cashierless shopping experience for custiomers.

Jannah Jablonowski, Giant Eagle's Public Relations Specialist, told KDKA Radio's Larry Richert and John Shumway that they're "really exicted to be at the forefront of this technology for an existing brick & mortar retailer to give our customers in the future a really cool way to shop with us."

If the technology works the way it's planned, waiting in line at the checkout would be eliminated. Jablonowski says a shopper would "walk in, shop the store like they normally would, get all of their items and hit the road. It's that simple."

The technology would use non-facial recognition software would be alble to identify your silhouette and assign you a number and then follow you throughout the store, tracking the items you're adding to your cart. And then you would just walk out the door.

And, yes, shoppers would still be able to get their Fuelperks.

Giant Eagle recently added "Scan Pay & Go" at many locations. It's an option allowing customers to scan their own groceries and then pay at a dedicated checkout lane.

Giant Eagle operates more than 400 retail locations Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland and West Virginia.