Supermarket giant Woolworths’ plan for first drive-thru-only store in Rose Bay


With the rise of online shopping, Woolworths plans to change the art of grocery shopping forever.

Woolworths plans to open its first drive-thru store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in a move that is set to take the Australian retail world by storm.

Confirming the move to news.com.au, the supermarket giant has filed plans to turn a Caltex petrol station on Old South Road in Rose Bay into an exclusive ‘straight to boot’ supermarket where customers can collect their purchases online , as part of a proposed $560,000 Redevelopment.

According to the development application submitted to Woollahra Town Council, no in-store shopping will be available at the Rose Bay site.

Instead, the location will be a station for shoppers to place orders online and then pick them up.

Customers will then wait for Woolworths staff to deliver their orders to the trunks of their cars to avoid having to queue at checkouts or get lost in the shopping aisles.

It is understood that a maximum of 100 shoppers will be able to collect their groceries each day.

The renovated gas station will also become a station for couriers who will deliver groceries directly to customers’ doorsteps through platforms like Uber Eats.

Plans by Fabcot – the development arm of Woolworths – for the site suggest it will still look very much like a petrol station.

However, Woolworths will replace petrol pumps with eleven spaces to park cars, six of which are for groceries and the rest for Woolworths staff.

“Customers using this service will only be parked for a few minutes while waiting for their order to be delivered to their car, unlike a typical shopping trip which can take upwards of 30 minutes,” Woolworths said.

“This model responds to a sustained increase in online shopping seen in the existing supermarket network while also offering a reduced risk of Covid-19 for customers.”

The plans also state that the site will only be used for this purpose for a maximum period of five years, while Woolworths’ plans for a small or medium outlet could be approved by planning authorities and, if approved, possibly built.

But not everyone is convinced that the retailer’s plans for the Rose Bay site suit the aesthetic of the eastern suburbs.

“We have a lot of older customers who come to see us and they love coming into the store, seeing the products and they have this relationship with the staff where we all know them by name,” Peter Morelli, owner of the famous Parisis Food Hall of Rose Bay. , Told The Daily Telegraph.

While plans for the Rose Bay site have been filed with Woollahra Council, Woolworths confirmed to news.com.au that they are still being assessed.

The way of the future

The futuristic supermarket experience is set to look and feel different from anything we’ve experienced in the past. So what’s next for the grocery industry?

There is no doubt that technology will continue to transform the way consumers shop and supermarkets are looking for ways to make shopping faster and more convenient.

Artificial intelligence

This technology is not limited to robots or voice assistants, it is much more than that in the world of retail.

For example, Woolworths has high-tech robotic cameras in stores as part of its Scan&Go program that automatically weighs and scans products without the need for a barcode.

The scales are so precise that they can tell the difference between different types of the same vegetables and organic and non-organic products in less than 200 milliseconds.

Free departure

The checkout-less concept recently created buzz with Aldi’s opening of its new Shop & Go store in London’s Greenwich High Street which uses artificial intelligence so customers don’t have to go to the checkout.

To use this service, customers download the Aldi Shop&Go app which tracks items taken off the shelves. Once customers have completed their shop, they can leave the store without having to go through a checkout.

The rides are then electronically billed to the customer’s account via the app and customers later receive a receipt via the app.

Using QR Codes

Woolworths shoppers can pay for their groceries by scanning a single QR code on their smartphone. The new feature, Everyday Pay, which was unveiled on May 11 is one of the first digital wallets in Australia to support QR code payments.

Everyday Rewards members simply insert their credit card, debt or gift card details and how they wish to pay into the app.

The digital wallet then takes care of the rest when the customer scans the QR code available for payment at checkouts.

At Amazon Fresh in the UK, shoppers scan a QR code when they first enter the store, and then cameras and sensors track their movements and what they take from the shelves.

The technology can also identify if the customer is putting an item back on the shelf. Consumers are then billed for their orders through the Amazon app on their smartphone.

Map races

Through its app, Coles allows customers to plan their trip to the supermarket aisle-by-aisle to avoid the time they’ll spend aimlessly walking from aisle to aisle looking for the items they want to buy.
Face Age Estimation Technology

Customers buying alcohol in Aldi’s Greenwich High Street in London can use facial age estimation technology to confirm their age via the Aldi Shop&Go app.

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