AiFi Platform Powers Silicon Valley NanoStore, First Retrofitted Autonomous C-Store in Asia

Posted On: 1/6/2020

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SANTA CLARA, CA -- AiFi is providing the technology for the only autonomous gas station convenience store in the world -- a Loop Neighborhood Store sitting in a Shell Gas Station in Silicon Valley. It’s also powering a new retrofitted, larger c-store on a busy residential street in Shanghai.

The two newly opened stores bring AiFi's presence to three continents, joining eight other AiFi-powered stores in the U.S. and Europe.

Most recently, the company announced the launch of its technology in an autonomous store at Albert Heijn at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

"With Loop using the NanoStore format and the bigger, retrofitted convenience store in Shanghai, we are demonstrating the viability of bringing autonomous store technology to retailers of various sizes," said AiFi cofounder and chief executive Steve Gu. "We're very excited to be introducing our solution to various store formats so more customers can enjoy the autonomous shopping experience of tomorrow...today."

The Loop store in Campbell, CA, is in the heart of Silicon Valley and is based on AiFi's modular NanoStore template, stocking 150 SKUs. Open 24/7 starting with the new year, the Loop store provides customers walk-in/walk-out convenience with instant receipts on exit. The Loop Neighborhood Store is part of a 30-plus store chain of Loop Northern California convenience-type stores typically associated with a gas station. With appealing decor, they feature a range of fresh foods and healthy options that distinguish Loop from other more snack-heavy gas station shops. AiFi and Loop plan to open more gas station NanoStores in the coming months, as well as deploying the AiFi Autonomous Store Platform to Loop's existing neighborhood convenience stores.

"The new autonomous Loop Neighborhood store is a wonderful step forward for our store brand. We strive to deliver a satisfying, enjoyable and convenient experience to our customers every time they enter one of our stores, and the AiFi Autonomous Store Platform meets the needs and demands of our customers," said Loop Neighborhood president Varish Goyal. "The fast, frictionless process is delightful and helps customers get what they need to move on with their day."

The Shanghai store is owned by a local retail chain in the city. It is equipped with AiFi's all-in-one technology platform that includes multi-camera, multi-person tracking, real-time product recognition and live inventory tracking; culminating in an easy, fun checkout-free experience at lightning speed.

The retrofitted store is 400 square feet- larger than AiFi's NanoStore and features more than 800 SKUs. For all products (aside from age-restricted items) customers simply use their WeChat app, the most popular mobile payment app in China, to enter the store, grab whatever they want and walk out. The receipts are automatically generated.

For the retail shop owner, the autonomous solution allows for extended operating hours without the owner having to invest more hours of work.