The first existing store, retrofitted with checkout-free technology, opens today.
Today, for the first time, shoppers in a U.S. city can go to a store they already love, take items, and leave without checking out. This is not a proof of concept or demo store; this is the first store truly retrofitted with checkout-free technology that’s now available to the public. I’m thrilled to announce that this is a sign of what’s to come.
After undergoing a period in which only staffers were able to use and test out the technology, the Giant Eagle GetGo store in the Pittsburgh area now allows its everyday visitors to shop without checkout, marking a significant milestone for American consumers, and for our company. Grabango had its beginnings in much the same way Pandora did: as a few pages of notes scribbled on a yellow pad in my living room. Since that humble beginning, we’ve been awarded dozens of patents, raised over $30 million in venture funding, and built an incredible team of professionals determined to ease the shopping experience for everyone.