Caper Promises Increased Convenience with Line-Skipping, AI-Powered Shopping Carts

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Wed. January 16th, 2019 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

BROOKLYN, NY - To give retailers that extra edge that might be the difference between lifelong shoppers and “That store with the long lines,” tech company Caper offers an AI grocery cart that looks to streamline not just the shopper’s experience, but the store's work in integrating the accommodation.

Caper offers an AI grocery cart that looks to streamline the shopper’s experience

“Caper's AI-powered shopping cart is a plug-and-play solutionno installation is required and no operational restructuring is needed. Store owners can put Caper carts in their stores and enable an automated checkout experience that complements their existing business,” the company said in a press release.

Caper acknowledged that there have been a number of innovations in physical retail, specifically in automating the checkout experience, but that many of these require major store overhaul.

Rather than face operational and infrastructural change, forward-thinking grocers might consider a route that lets consumers skip grocery lines and even find more items, making the store experience as convenient and frictionless as possible.

“Caper is the first AI-powered shopping cart that, using computer vision, lets grocery shoppers skip checkout lines. Shoppers can simply throw items into their Caper cart, and built-in sensors identify the items and tally a virtual basket. During the shopping journey, Caper helps shoppers discover in-store deals with its interactive screen. Once done, they can conveniently pay on the cart and leave the store,” the statement explains. “In its launched stores, Caper has been able to increase average basket size by 18% by giving customers exposure to products they may overlook or are unable to find.”

Caper’s carts are live in two grocery chains with plans to roll out to 150 more store locations this year. To date, the company has raised about $3.5 million from First Round Capital, Y Combinator, and notable grocery industry names like Nick Taranto, Co-Founder of Plated, and Max Mullen, Co-Founder of Instacart. To find out more about how this grocery technology works, watch the video above!