SPAR Ireland launches pioneering mobile self-checkout technology in stores 

August 21, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Digital and Marketing

BWG Foods, supplier to SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets in Ireland, has become the first retail and FMCG business in the country to launch the latest Scan, Pay & Go checkout technology, developed by MishiPay. The innovative technology, which is the next evolution of the mobile-scan checkout, will be trialled at two strategic locations within the partner’s retail estate, including SPAR Cherrywood in Dublin – ideal thanks to its high footfall. 

On successful completion of the pilot scheme, BWG Foods will look to provide the solution to independent retailers across its store network. The new Scan, Pay & Go technology is entirely contactless and frictionless, meaning it will facilitate greater in-store social distancing by allowing customers to scan and pay for items using their mobile phone and is unique to the FMCG market.

The software also allows retailers to place limits on the number of goods purchased by each user, thereby helping to ensure better stock management.

Other benefits of the technology include greater convenience for customers, with less time queuing at checkouts, while also allowing customers to scan products remotely from home for Click & Collect or Home Delivery services reducing time spent in-store. It is anticipated that the technology will allow retailers to improve operational efficiencies by freeing up staff from checkouts to meet increasing demand in other areas of store operations, including foodservice.

This innovative mobile checkout technology, which went live at SPAR Cherrywood in Dublin and Londis Newcastle in Galway last week and marks MishiPay’s first foray into grocery and convenience, integrates with retailers’ existing IT systems without requiring any additional hardware, which will facilitate a rapid rollout if required.

Commenting on the launch of the pioneering technology, Chris Donnelly, IT Director, BWG Foods, said: “The current pandemic has accelerated the need for consumer-facing businesses to embrace new technologies that make shopping experiences safer, quicker and altogether more convenient. We’ve been exploring a number of different advanced solutions to enhance the convenience of our retailers’ offerings, and we believe this innovation represents the next great evolution of grocery retailing in Ireland.”

“We’re delighted to be partnering with a reputable and innovative business such as MishiPay, whose solution marks the ultimate consumerisation of technology and has the potential to deliver major benefits to both consumers and retailers alike”, he added.

Source: SPAR Ireland

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About SPAR Ireland

SPAR Ireland was established in 1963 and is operated by leading wholesale and retail company, BWG Foods. In 2014, 80% of BWG’s shares were sold to SPAR South Africa, however, the existing shareholders remain involved in the business.

With a presence in every county across the Republic of Ireland, SPAR is one of the country’s largest convenience retail groups. In developing the business, SPAR Ireland has a long track record of recognising the strategic importance of introducing new retail concepts. It operates three of the four SPAR formats: SPAR, EUROSPAR and SPAR Express, bringing consumers a comprehensive range of innovative products and instore offerings.