Delivering the future of convenience shopping in China

New format loss prevention technology developed by Checkpoint Systems is at the heart of an autonomous convenience store launch in China.

The deployment sees Checkpoint’s new G40 antenna installed in hundreds of completely un-staffed stores across the country, each stocking around 500 products and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The roll-out offers city dwellers a connected shopping experience that is operated using their smartphones. 

The solution is designed to meet the needs of both the retailer and the new autonomous in-store environment. Required to sit in a very small footprint, while at the same time reducing backfield detection and false alarms caused by customers walking behind the antenna, Checkpoint’s new G40 – a super slimline and condensed RF-based, EAS antenna is designed to maximise space for product display in challenging environments. 

Essential for unmanned stores, the G40’s EVOLVE electronics platform enables remote maintenance and system updates to minimise downtime, while EVOLVE-store LP analytics ensures the retailer can monitor EAS activity across their estate to identify patterns and trends in unusual activity, identifying high risk stores in need of further support. 

Complete Loss Prevention solution

Delivering a seamless self-service checkout process while maintaining loss prevention measures is a key requirement in autonomous stores to deliver a positive customer experience. To fulfil this, Checkpoint’s market leading 410 EP and 410 HA labels were applied on a variety of different products in-store – from health and beauty, to foods, beers, wines and spirits, while accurate and rapid deactivation of the labels was achieved with Checkpoint’s Counter Point Intelligence System (CPiD), with EAS interlock enabling one-step deactivation.

Simon Edgar, Senior Director of EAS Solutions at Checkpoint Systems comments: “The introduction of these new autonomous stores in China is defying the stigma attached to the unmanned store concept. As the first truly autonomous stores that operate a workable, mass deployable business model; our labels, deactivation and new G40 antenna is helping to secure one of the world’s most innovatively designed food outlets.

“The success of this roll-out is in no small part to do with Checkpoint’s ability to deliver technology to meet the requirements of the retail market, and a result of how closely we work with our customers on-site to understand their needs.”

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