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Coles tests app-linked shopping carts in Victoria – Software

Shopping without cash? If a national Coles “coinless cart” retailer is testing flight, you’ll be able to use your phone instead.

The grocery giant is testing the technology as a possible solution to the costly problem of shopping cart theft.

Various outlets including the Herald-Sun reported that the trial was taking place at Coles’ Camberwell store.

A Coles spokesperson said iTnews: “Coles is testing coinless shopping cart locks at one of our Victoria stores, using technology that means customers will no longer need a coin to unlock a cart.”

Instead, there will be a QR code on the cart linked to the Coles sMart Shop app on the customer’s phone.

In the sMart Shop app, a customer will purchase a $2 “digital coin”, and when the cart is returned and locked, the deposit will be returned to the customer’s account.

In the Camberwell trial, customers who cannot use the carts without coins must make arrangements with a member of staff.

“It is hoped the technology will help minimize abandoned shopping carts in the community,” the spokesperson said.

Depending on the application data collection statement on Google Play, sMart Shop does not collect any user data and therefore does not share any data with third parties.