Convenience-store retailer ampm has opened ampm asap Grab and Go, an autonomous checkout experience powered by Verizon Business technology, in the Chase Center in San Francisco. The new store is located on the main concourse of the arena, the home of the Golden State Warriors professional basketball team.
Originally launched as a pilot during the 2022-2023 NBA season, the store is now fully operational for all events at Chase Center, allowing fans a quick and convenient way to purchase food and beverage items.
“Our innovative self-checkout technology allows customers at Chase Center to spend less time in line and more time enjoying Warriors games,” said Lisa Blalock, ampm vice president of convenience. “This is part of our commitment to enhancing the ampm shopping experience with reduced wait times and increased speed of service. We are excited about putting this technology into action at Chase Center, and we look forward to more innovations at ampm locations.”
Warriors Chief Commercial Officer Mike Kitts said, “The ampm ASAP Grab and Go store is a perfect opportunity to leverage innovative technology that will enhance the fans’ food and beverage experience at Chase Center.”
Powered by Verizon Business and AiFi technology, the store allows customers to pick up snacks, candy and freshly baked ampm cookies as well as beverages without going through a checkout line. Customers can tap, swipe or insert a credit card upon entering the store. After selecting their items, they walk through the exit gate and the system automatically charges those items to their card without cashier interaction or any required wait times.
“The ampm ASAP Grab and Go is emblematic of our commitment to partnering with venues in driving the future of the fan experience," said Jonathan Nikols, senior vice president of global enterprise for the Americas for Verizon Business. “When you pair supply-chain automation with frictionless checkout, the result is a win-win for both the fan and venue operator.”
The concept, powered by Verizon 5G, enables backend store analytics and computer vision to ensure available stock and prevent shrinkage, driving both efficiency while helping manage overall costs. This self-checkout technology increases speed of service and reduces wait time the New York-based company said.
The La Palma, California-based ampm chain is a bp convenience-store brand. bp is No. 7 on CSP’s 2023 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by company-owned store count, with more than 1,220 locations. London-based bp’s mobility and c-store brands in the United States include bp, Amoco, ampm, Thorntons and TravelCenters of America.
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