Stores without checkout cashiers are already familiar in many parts of the world, but they’ve never really caught on in Germany. Supermarket chain Tegut from the western German city of Fulda is hoping to change that.
It’s opened a pilot digital shop named Tegut-Teo in which customers scan their purchase themselves and then pay by app or credit and debit cards. The shop is 50 square meters in size and sells some 950 daily necessities.
Cashierless retail outlets have the advantage of being able to stay open virtually around the clock. They can also be run profitably in locations that are too small for classic supermarkets such as housing settlements, public buildings like clinics and universities, major traffic crossings and on company grounds.
Tegut says it hopes to open ten additional such stores in 2021.