SALT LAKE CITY -- Skip Checkout, a retail startup bringing frictionless checkout options to convenience stores and grocers, is live in 60 grocery stores, with another 23 going live with Skip’s tech by Feb. 6. Skip is also conducting a soft launch in Cruizers c-stores this week.
Shortly after Bloomberg indicated Amazon might look to open 3,000 Amazon Go locations by 2021, Skip Checkout announced within days that it plans to do the same—by the end of 2019. Skip is scheduled to be installed in a total of 275 locations, split between grocery and convenience, by the end of first-quarter 2019, reaching 9% of its goal.
“There is no debate that 2019 will be a huge year for mobile checkout across all aspects of retail. We are experiencing solid growth and our pipeline continues to fill up. We are encouraging retailers to contact us now to avoid a backlog for onboarding the service,” said Chase Thomason, founder and CEO of Skip.
Three c-store retailers are rolling out Skip tech in January, including Cruizers, Domino and Enmarket, with a combined total of 157 locations. As Skip grows, the company plans to end its “freemium” option. Soon, Skip will return to its subscription pricing based on store footprint.
Salt Lake City-based Skip Checkout implements a system in stores that allows customers to scan items with their mobile devices as they take them from the shelves. Store associates are notified when a Skip user arrives and can monitor their purchases in real time. Once a customer scans all of their purchases, they finalize payment in the app and leave, avoiding waiting in line.