Another Swing at the Unmanned Convenience Store

Developer ShelfX brings new concept to retailers

Published in CSP Daily News

LAS VEGAS -- ShelfX, provider of at-shelf buying and inventory management solutions, is taking a swing at unattended convenience stores. The company that pioneered at-shelf buying is welcoming interested companies, whether corporate offices, hotels, convenient-store owners or franchisees, to their new Las Vegas showroom to experience the ease of shopping without lines, cashiers or product scanning.

The new showroom mimics a real-life unattended micro market and is fully equipped with ShelfX patent-pending “wave before you take” technology. Entry to the convenient store is completely secured, requiring a wave of the shopper's pre-paid Xcard or swipe of a credit card.

Upon entering the cashier-less convenient store, shoppers simply wave their Xcard again at the shelf or cooler and then select any dry, refrigerated or frozen products. Shoppers can also pick up products to get a closer look and return items to the shelf without being charged. Totals are automatically shown on display units at the shelf and immediately deducted from their account. In the case of coolers or freezers, closing the door completes the transaction.

"We are setup and ready to show the world just how revolutionary this new unattended micro market concept is, and have already welcomed interested businesses to our new Las Vegas showroom," said Ran Margalit, CEO at ShelfX.

Previous attempts at an unmanned c-store have taken the form of giant vending machines, including Shop24 and the 24RobotMart, among others.

Boulder, Colo.-based ShelfX is pioneering at-shelf buying and inventory management solutions for grocers, sports stadiums, pharmacies, airport kiosks, offices, hospitals, schools and more. With the ShelfX Smart Shelves and NFC-based technology, organizations customize applications such as in-aisle checkout, in-office convenient stores, modern-day vending and stocking management solutions, all powered by ShelfX's wave-and-go access and payment processing.