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Amazon is testing a smart shopping cart that registers every added item

The Dash Cart will be launched at a new Amazon Go store later this year, but it may be sold to other grocery chains

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  • The cart is in line with the e-commerce giant’s plan to sell its cashierless stores technology to supermarkets and grocery chains;
  • The equipment can handle small-to-medium sized grocery trips of 2 bags or fewer.

Amazon is preparing to launch a shopping cart that automatically registers the products chosen by the consumer. Each item placed on the equipment, called Dash Cart, is added to the shopping list and the total amount is charged to the customer’s credit card.

This is probably a step toward the e-commerce giant’s plan to sell its cashierless stores technology to supermarkets and grocery chains. The company has invested in making its cashierless payment technology available in other units. In February, it opened its first full-size, cashierless supermarket in Seattle. The store is stocked with about 5,000 items.

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Amazon Go convenience stores have been using a system called Just Walk Out since 2018. The Dash Cart will be launched at Amazon’s new grocery store in Woodland Hills, California. 

According to TechCrunch, the smart cart isn’t meant for big grocery purchases, as it can handle small-to-medium sized grocery trips of 2 bags or fewer.

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Buyers must have an Amazon account and a smartphone to use the cart. After entering the store, users scan a QR code that unlocks it. Each Dash Cart is equipped with cameras that use computer vision to identify items.

The cart also has a scale for items purchased in bulk and a coupon scanner that applies discounts to the buyer’s order.