Planet’s technology enables stores at Oslo and Dublin airports to become checkout-free
By making the payment process really simple, customers benefit from a faster and more convenient shopping experience
The technology can be used at other airports or busy locations like train stations
London, UK: 24th November 2023
Planet, a global technology leader providing integrated software and payment services, has today announced its role in the development of two frictionless, checkout-free stores at Oslo Airport and Dublin Airport, alongside partners SSP Group and Zippin.
These stores allow customers to shop and pay for items seamlessly, improving the shopping experience by providing speed and convenience, both of which are in high demand when travelling and time is often at a premium.
The innovative new technology has the potential to expand across into busy UK airports and other travel hubs, including train stations, where customers are looking for speed and convenience.
To enter the store, a customer simply taps their preferred credit card on the payment terminal which is installed at the entry gate. Planet’s technology pre-authorises a configurable amount and generates a secure token which is passed across to Zippin who store it.
In the store, Zippin’s checkout-free platform uses multiple AI-powered sensors, including overhead cameras and shelf sensors to determine what items a customer picks up and adds them to a virtual basket for that customer.
Upon exiting, the virtual basket is finalised with what the shopper leaves with, and Zippin calculates the final amount due for the items. Zippin sends the payment request to Planet to authorise and process the final amount, completing the transaction by debiting the customer’s card.
Shoppers can scan a code with their smartphone when they exit to receive a digital receipt.
Planet’s payment integration technology helps make frictionless, checkout-free shopping a reality. This includes the integration of the advanced PAX IM30 unattended payments terminal for single tap and PIN on Glass, and the ability for Zippin to use Merchant Initiated Transactions (MIT) and Card on File to process the final amount.
“Many travellers are often pushed for time at busy airport locations”, said Colin Close, Head of Global Business Development at Planet. “They want to shop, but they don’t want to waste precious minutes queuing to make a payment. That’s why we’ve partnered with Zippin to make payments almost invisible. Thanks to the integration of our technology with Zippin’s checkout-free platform, SSP can deliver their customers a fast, seamless and more enjoyable in-store shopping experience.”
Andy Winter, Technology Director – Architecture and Customer Solutions at SSP said; “At SSP, we pride ourselves on our ability to use the most sophisticated technology to create the best possible experience. We’re certain customers will find that this new way of shopping makes a real difference to their journey.”
Krishna Motukuri, CEO and Co-founder of Zippin, commented; “We’re delighted to be partnering with Planet to eliminate the friction of the traditional checkout. Our AI-powered technology lets shoppers enter the store, pick what they want, and leave without stopping. Travelers, who might already have their hands full, can simply put purchases in their luggage as they shop, which is a great convenience. They’re automatically charged for what they take when they leave, which makes for an easier and faster shopping experience. Thanks to our integration with Planet, shoppers can quite literally zip-in, shop and zip-out.”
This technology is set to bring many advantages besides making shopping easier and faster for customers. For instance, the merchandising space that retailers previously gave up for check-out terminals can instead be used to promote additional products, leading to a wider range of choice for the shopper. This is particularly important in train stations and airports, where space is limited.
Planet provides integrated software, payment, and technology solutions for its customers in the Hospitality and Retail sectors and worldwide via a network of global Financial Services Partners.
Planet helps its customers and partners make the most of the connected commerce revolution. Our software and payment technology enables businesses to unlock the benefits of a more connected and digital world.
Founded over 35 years ago, we have evolved our services, delivering an innovative digital commerce platform that puts customer experience first.
With headquarters in London and nearly 3,000 expert employees located across six continents we serve customers in over 120 markets.
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