Innovations in equipment and facilities management don’t garner the same attention as foods, beverages, fuel and tobacco, but they are the unsung heroes that help build and maintain consumer loyalty.
In a post-pandemic operating world, the emphasis on sanitation and ultra-clean stores is no longer a luxury but a necessity. As such, c-stores and other retailers have upped their investments in these categories.
Additionally, with the rise of e-commerce and delivery programs, many operators are evaluating investments that help support these efforts. Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., for instance, said in June it plans to deploy more than 10,000 Mashgin Touchless Checkout Systems to more than 7,000 of its Circle K and Couche-Tard stores in the United States, Canada and Europe during the next three years.
Couche-Tard has dubbed the AI-powered self-checkout system as “Smart Checkout.” It will improve customer checkout times as much as 400%, Mashgin said in a statement.
Click through for six innovations in the facilities management and equipment space.