Convenience-store chain Coen Markets Inc. has launched two checkout-free stores in partnership with Grabango at its Amoco sites in Oakdale and Southpark, Pennsylvania.
Shoppers can use the Grabango app to pay for items without standing in line or scanning their items. Customers grab what they need from store shelves and are billed in the app.
- Coen Oil Co. is No. 117 on CSP’s 2022 Top 202 ranking of U.S. convenience-store chains by company-owned store count.
In 2021, bp announced a partnership with Berkeley, California-based Grabango. Amoco, a bp fuel brand, will be the first to go live with this technology at Coen-owned sites, Grabango said.
“At Coen we’re always looking at how technology can improve our shoppers’ experiences,” said Colin Dornish, vice president of consumer experience and innovation at Coen. "Grabango makes shopping fast and easy for them.”
Grabango is partnering with other c-stores, too, including MAPCO, Franklin, Tennessee.
“Checkout-free is quickly accelerating into the mainstream. Grabango's recent slew of store launches, all turned up in rapid succession, is part of the industry's rapid expansion that we'll see in 2023,” said Will Glaser, CEO of Grabango.
Grabango’s checkout-free technology leverages pure computer vision technology and helps eliminate shrink, increase store capacity and boost shopper loyalty, according to the company. The system installs easily without interruption to store operation and does not require changes to store layout or product mix, and it does not require special carts or gates, Grabango said.
Coen Oil Co., Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, operates more than 55 c-stores under the Coen Markets retail brand. Stores include Coen Kitchen, which features signature items such as fried chicken, made fresh in stores.
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