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Carrefour uses NFC and QR codes to speed up grocery shopping

The French retail giant’s convenience store chain has launched ‘Mon Panier’, a mobile app that lets customers order and pay for their grocery shopping with their mobile phone — and then identify themselves via an NFC and QR-code enabled kiosk when they arrive at the store to collect their order.

A Carrefour 'Mon Panier' kiosk with NFC

MON PANIER: Customers can pick up orders with a wave of an NFC phone. Click to enlarge.

Carrefour City, the convenience store arm of French retail giant Carrefour, has launched ‘Mon Panier’, a mobile grocery shopping service based on retail NFC and contactless specialist Airtag‘s Airshop solution.

The service is now live at the new Carrefour City outlet at St Lazare, Paris. A second outlet is due to go live soon and further stores are due to be equipped in the next few months, Jérémie Leroyer, CEO of Airtag, has told NFC World.

The Mon Panier service allows customers to place their grocery shopping order, and pay for their purchase, from their smartphone. Carrefour City staff then pick the order for the shopper so that it is ready to collect just two hours after the order has been placed.

When the customer arrives at the store, they go to the Mon Panier kiosk to identify themselves and inform staff of their arrival, by either tapping their NFC phone to the kiosk screen — which has a built-in NFC reader — or by placing their phone beneath the QR code reader on the bottom right of the kiosk.

The Mon Panier service has no minimum purchase amount and there are no delivery or picking fees. The app also includes a store locator to help customers to find their closest outlet, and provides details of the latest offers and promotions. Orders can also be placed via the Carrefour City website.

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