Al Meera conducts final testing of ‘Al Meera Smart’
05 Jan 2023News
‘Al Meera Smart’, the first fully autonomous checkout-free store in Qatar is all set to go. ‘Al Meera Smart’, will be opening at Aspire Park, as it successfully conducts final test run of the hi-tech innovative outlet. The pilot smart shop planned to open soon reflects Al Meera’s comprehensive expansion plan and continuous digital transformation strategy as it aims to ensure citizens and residents in Qatar enjoy easy access to hassle-free shopping, thanks to modern technology and the latest cashless payment solutions.
The first Al Meera Smart store is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology which will eventually be applied in different locations within Al Meera’s growing network in Qatar. It will be ready to offer services to customers based on a quick and self-service method, providing snacks, beverages, grab-and-go meals, and other basic goods supported by a cashier-less process.
The frictionless smart store operates through a collection of cameras and sensors that track customers from point of entry until they leave, speeding up the purchasing process to make shopping transactions faster, simpler, less stressful and more enjoyable.
Shoppers can create a virtual shopping cart, put the items in their pocket, bag, purse or simply carry them, and the software will directly charge the cost of the purchased items from the customers’ credit card as soon as they leave the shop, thus saving customers the need to queue for payment after picking their items.
The store is a unique addition to the existing number of checkout-free lines in Al Meera branches across the country, besides the operational self-service branch in the Qatar Energy tower in Al Dafna, West Bay.
Al Meera continues to offer creative approaches to make shopping more convenient for its customers by introducing innovative solutions such as online shopping and temporary branches during the World Cup as well as wholesale branches and Maar metro outlets to provide essential needs with comfort.