FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. – As technology advances, so do grocery stores.
We all know the traditional way of buying items at a grocery store where you pay with a cashier. And more recently, with self-service kiosks. But at Nourish + Bloom near Atlanta, they take automation even further.
The store’s owners say it is the world’s first black-owned stand-alone grocery store.
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“Nobody likes to stand in line, fumbling for their payment,” said co-founder Jilea Hemmings.
Jilea and her husband Jamie opened Nourish + Bloom in January, introducing a high-tech experience that aims to make grocery shopping as easy as possible. To enter the market, you scan a QR code on the Nourish + Bloom app. Once inside, you can shop and leave without stopping at a checkout.
“The way our technology works is that when you pick an item off the shelf like this, it actually has weight on the product, so we know it’s in your digital cart,” Hemmings said.
If you change your mind about buying an item, Hemmings says, you can simply put the item back on the shelf, and the store’s weighted shelves and ceiling-mounted sensors will track your movements and recognize you’re there. have returned. This way you are not charged.
The Nourish + Bloom app will recognize when you leave the store and automatically charge you for items you have left.
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The market also has two delivery robots, named Nourish and Bloom.
The robots can deliver within a three-mile radius of the store and are temperature-controlled to keep food hot or cold. This technology can be particularly useful for people who cannot leave their homes to shop.
Bloom was a little under the weather and in need of repairs when Fox News visited, but Nourish was ready to roll.
“He took us in, it was awesome. Gotta bring the kids back for that one,” customer Rachel Goergen said of the robot.
The Consumer Technology Association says the store’s technology isn’t exactly new. Amazon opened similar stores in some cities as early as 2018, but the grocery industry could change as technology becomes more affordable.
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“It’s definitely more accessible. A lot more stores can get their hands on these products and start using them,” said Lesley Rohrbaugh, director of research at CTA.
“I think there’s a lot of growth in this area, and I think we’ll see that in the future.”
Nourish + Bloom is planning new locations in Atlanta and New York in the near future.