New York -- Myers Group plans to install the QThru mobile platform, which enables shoppers to scan items with a smartphone as they shop, in its supermarkets. The company has been testing the system for six months at its IGA Ridge Supermarket in Snoqualmie, Wash.
"We wanted to see how our customers embraced this alternative technology and it was enormously popular,” said Tyler Myers, president of the Myers Group, Clinton, Wash., which owns and operates grocery stores, hardware stores, and gas stations, as well as oversees shopping center development.
With the technology, a retailer's products and pricing are synchronized with the QThru cloud. Customers can then download the QThru smartphone app and start shopping.
To complete the checkout process shoppers enter a previously stored passcode and scan a QR code at a checkout kiosk, which completes the transaction from their phone. QThru uses a cloud-based, fully PCI-compliant, secure storage facility to protect payment and personal information. A receipt is generated from the kiosk, which is highlighted in a different color and is reviewed by a store employee at the door.
“QThru also allows us to offer added value to our customers through exclusive announcements, events and coupons, and we plan to install it now at all of our grocery and hardware,” Myers said.
QThru also allows us to offer added value to our customers through exclusive announcements, events and coupons and we plan to install it now at all of our grocery and hardware stores."