Flagstaff, New South Wales – Australian grocery chain Grocery Store Robotic will be the first Australian supermarket to open its first Australian store in Australia.
The robot will replace the old-fashioned paper checkout system that has run out of paper in the last few years.
Grocery store robots have a lifespan of between a few months and two years, according to the Grocery Industry Association.
But with the help of an advanced sensor, the robots can read the shelves and make decisions in a fraction of the time.
Grocery Store Robotics is being developed by a company called Automate Robotics.
Its founder and chief executive, Adam Friesen, said it could be cheaper than traditional paper checkout systems.
“If you go to a grocery store now, you can buy a product, but you can’t actually pay for it,” Mr Frieseng said.
“I’m sure a lot of people will look at it as a cheaper way of doing business.”
The Australian Government is investing more than $20 million in research and development of automated systems for supermarkets.
The Government is also funding research to develop new methods to automate the supermarket process, including a machine that can read items from shelves.
“The grocery industry will benefit from the use of robots, so we’re investing in that, as well as other areas, such as delivery robots,” Mr Hickey said.
Groceries have also been hit hard by the global recession.
The average price of a basket of items in Australia fell by 9.2 per cent last year to $3.39, according the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Australian dollar dropped sharply by more than 1 per cent against the US dollar to 69.90 US cents.
But Mr Hiccupson said he believed the impact on supermarkets was much more limited.
“We’re not going to see the same impact as we did in the global downturn,” he said.