Zippin and Fujitsu Limited have formed a new partnership that makes Fujitsu an exclusive distributor of Zippin’s checkout-free solution in Japan. Fujitsu will start offering the solution by March 2021, with the aim of creating a new AI-empowered business for the micro-sized store market and potentially expanding into geographies beyond Japan in the future.
The partnership is designed to enable Fujitsu to build a new retail solution by September 2021. The stores will leverage Zippin’s checkout-free SaaS platform, with a focus on cashier-free, cashless operations to save staff time. Additionally, the stores may include identity verification with multi-biometric authentication.
Zippin also is working with Japanese convenience retailer Lawson on a proof-of-concept pilot. Additionally, Brazilian retailer Lojas Americanas S.A. plans to tap Zippin’s technology to open checkout-free Ame Go stores across the country, building on an existing location in Rio. These will vary in size from 250 to 3,000 square feet and will be located in high-traffic urban locations.
“While other technology providers have announced deals and hinted at pilot stores, the new Lojas Americanas stores make Zippin the first company to deploy its checkout-free technology in a live, public store with a major retail partner,” said Krishna Motukuri, Co-Founder and CEO of Zippin in a statement. “We are excited to lead the checkout-free shopping revolution by making it a reality for consumers in the real world.”