Scan-and Go technology
Weigh, scan the code, and off you go. Photo – Woolworths.
  • Woolworths are rolling out new stores with their Scan&Go technology
  • Having been trialled in Sydney and Melbourne, now in Brisbane and Perth
  • The self check out market is growing at 10.2% CAGR

Self-service scanning in supermarkets and DIY stores has been around for a few years now, but Woolworths has taken things a step further rolling out new stores with their Scan&Go technology.

Shoppers download an app, simply pick up anything they want to buy, scan a code on the packaging, drop it in their basket and then skip the checkout queues on exit.

Scan and Go
Point and scan the code to add to your basket. Photo – Woolworths.

The technology has been trialled in various stores in Sydney and Melbourne, and can be found in Brisbane and Perth.

Accelerated by the pandemic, which made people unsure about handling products and being too close to each other, this new tech allows the user to do everything themselves, if they want to.

Amazon has been developing its own scan and go stores (Amazon Go) in the States. Originally started in Seattle, Washington, in 2018, there are now 27 such stores around the US.

Woolworth’s Scan&Go

A separate ‘Scan&Go’ lane on the way out allows the shoppers to scan their code to leave; no need to get anything out of your bag, and repack.

What’s particularly nice is to be able to monitor your total spending as you walk around the supermarket, rather than leaving this as a nasty surprise at the checkout.

Scan and Go
When you’ve finished shopping, scan a code on departure. Photo – Woolworths

The technology was developed by Sydney firm Tiliter, which specialises in computer vision products that automate the retail process.

Over in Western Australia, the first Woolworths Scan&Go store was opened last week in Inglewood, which the company said would bring 80 jobs to the local area, having invested $25.5 million into the new neighbourhood centre.

A report into the self-checkout market forecast growth of 10.2% CAGR over the period 2021-2026.


Report: ‘Self-Checkout System Market Growth, Trends and Forecasts to 2026’, Research and Markets.

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